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Dec 06, 2018

A closer look at the IR Magazine Global Award winners

This year’s Global Top 50 comprises 10 lists of the top five companies leading the way in IR across their respective sector

Companies hailing from China to the US have been named as Global Top 50 winners, with 10 firms taking home trophies after beating off international competitors to be crowned best in their respective sectors worldwide.

The list of winning companies, revealed at the close of the first day of the IR Magazine Global Forum & Awards, for the first time ranks companies by sector. This year the Global Top 50 has been compiled by sector rather than as an overall ranking, with 10 lists of the top five companies leading the way in investor relations across their respective sector.

Here, a global winner is announced in each category, with four runners-up listed in alphabetical order.  Using scores from our regional rankings and keeping to just six core categories – investor relations officer, corporate governance, reporting, investor meetings, technology and overall investor relations – the total points are weighted by the number of companies nominated within each region.

The result is a higher weighting for the regions where more companies provide good IR (Europe and the US) and a lower weighting for regions that are smaller or have less developed IR (Canada, South East Asia and China).


Winner: China Telecom

Deutsche Telekom


T-Mobile US


Consumer discretionary

Winner: Jack in the Box


Hugo Boss



Consumer staples

Winner: China Resources Beer

Ahold Delhaize


Philip Morris International

Procter & Gamble


Winner: ARC Resources

Galp Energia

PTT Exploration & Production

Suncor Energy


Financials (including real estate)

Winner: Intesa Sanpaolo

Frasers Centerpoint Trust

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation




Winner: Danaher


Novo Nordisk

Roche Holding

Wright Medical Group


Winner: CN

Berli Jucker

Deutsche Post DHL

Kerry Logistics Network

Pacific Basin Shipping


Winner: Agnico Eagle Mines


International Paper


PTT Global Chemical



Applied Materials


CGI Group

Cisco Systems


Winner: Iberdrola

Algonquin Power& Utilities Corp

EDP – Energias de Portugal



The people’s vote

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) scooped the people’s choice award for investor relations at the IR Magazine Global Forum & Awards in Amsterdam. The firm, headquartered in Singapore, secured the award for its multi-pronged approach to investor relations adopted over a four-year period. This includes its holistic approach to IR, as well as a proactive outreach program and a retail and institutional IR strategy that saw the chief administrative officer present at nine SGX retail investor forums.

‘A lot of people talk about Chinese companies not being very transparent with investors, but my guys have done a great job,’ observed Kok Hoong Khong, deputy general manager at China Aviation Oil in Europe, accepting the award on behalf of the company. ‘Our numbers have grown a lot, our investor base has increased. And it has really all been down to my small but dedicated team.’

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) beat off international competition from Akamai Technologies (US), EDAG Engineering Group (Germany), H&H International Holdings (China) and Linde (Germany) to be named the 2018 people’s choice.

This article was published in the winter 2018 issue of IR Magazine – the 30th anniversary issue of IR Magazine

Garnet Roach

An award-winning journalist, Garnet Roach joined IR Magazine in October 2012, working on both the editorial and research sides of the publication. Prior to entering the world of investor relations, her freelance career covered a broad range of...