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IR Magazine Spring 2022 edition

 Welcome back: we’ve missed you

Getting the IR band back together

I’m still buzzing from the tremendous IR Magazine ESG Integration Forum – Europe held in London in early March. It was our first in-person event since November 2019 and a prelude to the packed calendar of forums, think tanks and awards ceremonies worldwide in 2022 and beyond as we eagerly return to the live experience.

The atmosphere at the ESG forum crackled with excitement as sometimes solitary IR, sustainability and governance professionals, many of whom had been working from home, resumed ‘in real life’ what is a big part of their job: learning from best-in-class experts, devising strategies and forging relationships to achieve their goals.

The forum was also my first opportunity to meet and greet members of the IR community, to find out what they do and how they do it, in my role as the new editor of IR Magazine. Thank you to all for such a warm welcome and I look forward to meeting many more of you at our global engagements.

From the macro to the micro. Personal engagement in the pursuit of best practice manifests at the one-to one level, as we explore which mentorship schemes are running and what masters and apprentices really get from the exchange (see Mentoring: Friends with benefits).

Discover what the lasting legacy of the pandemic means to you, from dealing with a positive Covid-19 result on your roadshow (see Problem solver) and the bleeding-edge advances in sentiment analysis (see Mind your tone) to diversified shareholder bases (see How the pandemic has shaped share registers) and the importance of robust IR as globalization fragments (see Oh brave new world?).

We pull the curtain back on the factors driving retail investors in North America (see Selling the retail story), big tech in the City of London (see Teaching an old bourse new tricks) and governance rules for listed firms in Singapore (see Taking sustainability and diversity on board).

Find out who won at our prestigious IR Magazine Awards in South East Asia and Greater China (see Asia’s finest).

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