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IR Magazine Summer 2022 edition

Welcome to ‘the new normal’

How to seize global IR opportunities in an era of uncertainty

‘The new normal’ is a phrase often heard as we emerge warily from the Covid-19 pandemic into a world of economic, regulatory and technological disruption, but seldom understood as it really applies to you, the hardworking IR professional – until this bumper summer issue of IR Magazine.  

IR peers tell us how they are balancing the benefits derived from this unanticipated two-year experiment in virtual engagements with the demands of shareholders, analysts and executives in their return to face-to-face meetings, as we reveal in our cover story (see Why the Great Recovery is an IR renaissance).

We discover the real impacts on activism in the wake of regulatory overhaul of beneficial ownership reporting in the US (see Playing nice). ESG, net-zero emissions and sustainability are buzzwords for most but we hear from leading European company chiefs on how they are materially reporting their green performance for avid stakeholders (see Making an impact ).

Diving even more deeply into ESG, get ahead of the growing trend in investor awareness of biodiversity as you prepare your engagements (see Back to nature).

Our new research report in this issue surveyed IROs and investors on the current state of corporate access, including their views and practices regarding virtual and in-person meetings (see Research Report: Corporate Access). Find out what IROs make of our findings – and see whether you agree (see Meeting of minds).

Get inspired by our fascinating one-to-ones with the new director of IR at Hyatt Hotels (see 15 questions), the winner of the 2022 US Awards rising star prize (see All hands on deck) and the outgoing president of NIRI (see Gary LaBranche on ESG…).

With so much going on in the world and in IR, perhaps the new normal should be ‘expect the unexpected’ – and IR Magazine will help you navigate these choppy waters.

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James Beech
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