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
Winner: Jack in the Box
Winner: China Resources Beer
Philip Morris International
Procter & Gamble
Winner: ARC Resources
PTT Exploration & Production
Financials (including real estate)
Winner: Intesa Sanpaolo
Frasers Centerpoint Trust
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation
Wright Medical Group
Deutsche Post DHL
Kerry Logistics Network
Pacific Basin Shipping
Winner: Agnico Eagle Mines
PTT Global Chemical
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.