Going Dutch: Winners of Nevir 2018 announced
The Netherlands Association for Investor Relations (Nevir) last night announced the winners of the 2018 Dutch IR Awards at an event held at the Theater Amsterdam.
For the 11th year, these awards were presented to Dutch listed companies and professionals working and excelling in IR.
During the annual evening gala, awards were given for best company in the field of investor relations and best IR professional, accredited based on the bourse the firm is listed on.
Best company awards went to ING Group (AEX Index), asr (AMX Index) and ForFarmers (AScX Index/other). Best IR professional awards went to David Tailleur of Randstad (AEX), Victor Bareno of ASM International (AMX) and Richard Piekaar of Basic-Fit (AScX/other).
The winners were chosen by an independent jury of professionals, which this year comprised: Willem Burgers (Add Value Fund), Frederik van Beuningen (Teslin Capital Management), Corné van Zeijl (ACTIAM), Maarten Verbeek (The IDEA!), Holger Weeda (BNP Paribas) and Joop Witteveen (Kempen Capital Management).
The nominations for the awards were based on European research by WeConvene Extel with additional research by CFF Communications.
In a follow-up study, Dutch analysts and institutional investors were asked which companies with a listing in the Netherlands and which professionals excel at investor relations. Last year’s winners were ineligible to enter the 2018 awards.
Van Zeijl tells IR Magazine: ‘The level of quality of investor relations at Dutch-listed companies is high. Companies use an increasingly broad mix of communication tools and are open to a dialogue.
‘In this 11th edition we specifically looked at the realized improvements, in addition to the absolute level at which companies and professionals operate. The level of disclosure, the accessibility, the visibility of management and the willingness of the management to engage, all play an important role in determining the winners.
‘In the end, the energy that was put into providing information to all stakeholders in an accessible manner was the decisive factor.’