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IR TV: Co-operative Bank’s head of IR talks strategy secrets and rating agencies engagement

Nov 24, 2023

Angela Catlin, head of investor relations at The Co-operative Bank, was one of the panelists at the recent IR Magazine ESG Integration Forum – Autumn.

Her session focused on how businesses can successfully craft ESG communications and ensure they distill their message to make their ESG disclosure information more digestible.

It also considered when and how companies should deliver their ESG data and wider prospects to different stakeholder groups, which go beyond firms’ investor bases.

The Manchester-headquartered retail and commercial bank was one of the pioneer banking companies in the UK in providing ESG disclosures and demonstrating its efforts in terms of strategy and reporting to its various stakeholder groups.

Angela Catlin, The Co-Operative Bank
Angela Catlin, The Co-Operative Bank 

As the ESG momentum continues to grow, the firm now faces some competition. So how does The Co-operative Bank ensure it stays ahead of the curve as shareholder scrutiny increases and new frameworks add to an already rich ESG lexicon?

‘In some respects, ESG becoming more popular works in our favor, because the uniqueness of our bank is now becoming more appreciated in the market,’ Catlin says.

‘[Our point of difference is that ESG] is part of our DNA, it’s who we are, it’s embedded in the day-to-day running of the bank.’

In this interview with IR Magazine, Catlin shares top tips on how to deliver a compelling, simplified yet persuasive narrative, gives her opinion on the value of ESG events as part of IR efforts and anticipates what part of the ESG acronym is likely to be trending more in 2024.

To find out more about the ESG Integration Forum – Autumn, please click here.

Watch additional IR TV content with other highlights of key interviews from the event here.