Case studies Archive

Sep 15, 2021
Just 13 FTSE 100 firms report ethnicity pay gap
Just 13 companies in the FTSE 100 have published figures on their ethnicity pay gap, according to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which is calling for mandatory reporting around pay and ethnicity. ‘Last year’s Black Lives Matter protests led many organizations to publicly condemn racism and discrimination in our societies and workplaces,’ says the professional body in a statement. ‘But few have voluntarily repor...
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Sep 03, 2021
Companies with strong corporate purpose outperform on financial and valuation metrics, finds study
One of the challenges of stakeholder capitalism – where companies work in the interests of all stakeholders, not just shareholders – is how to balance the needs of different groups. For example, decisions that are good for investors, such as cost-cutting or automation of factory processes, may be painful for the workforce. But investment in stakeholder value should not be viewed as detrimental to shareholder value, argue the authors of a ...
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Aug 26, 2021
Long-Term Stock Exchange has first listings after 2019 launch
One of the newest US stock exchanges, the Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), has today officially listed its first two companies. The listings went live at a virtual opening ceremony held for the employees of the LTSE. Asana, a cloud software company founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and former Google and Facebook engineer Justin Rosenstein, and Twilio, a cloud communications platform, are the first to list on the LTSE. Each company is now dual li...
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Aug 13, 2021
The week in investor relations: Outsourcing investment teams, HFT for retail investors and Adidas sells Reebok after investor pressure
– The market for outsourced investment teams is ‘red hot’ thanks to the darkening outlook for future returns, according to the Financial Times (paywall), which said allocators of capital are increasingly delegating entire multibillion-dollar mandates to outside money managers. Big corporate or public pension plans, endowments and foundations usually have in...
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Aug 12, 2021
Aviva to return £4 bn to shareholders amid buyback and dividend boom
Aviva, the UK-based insurance group, has said it will return £4 bn ($5.5 bn) to shareholders amid a boom in buybacks and dividend payments.  The payout will include a £750 mn buyback program starting immediately, says the group in its interim results, which were released this morning.  The FTSE 100 insurer also reported a 17 percent increase in operating profit and the sale of eight businesses, part of a strategy to refocus on core markets in the UK, Irel...
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Jul 29, 2021
‘We are a flagman for what’s happening’: Roche on being a bellwether in a pandemic
‘So far, we have mostly been right,’ says Karl Mahler, head of IR at Roche, on the pharma giant’s internal simulations looking at everything from how long a particular wave of Covid-19 will last to whether and when there will be another wave of the pandemic. Of course, we all want to know how things are going to pan out but these simulations are essential ...
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Jul 06, 2021
Greater diversity can reduce volatility, panelists tell IR Magazine Forum
Data used to analyze diversity in the workforce is showing that companies with a more inclusive and diverse workforce are actually performing better, according to several panelists at the IR Magazine Forum – Equality in IR. There has been an increase over the last year in discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the investment community as more public companies report and disclose on this topic. ‘There are more voices at the table and m...
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Jul 05, 2021
Covid-19 Update report now available
IR Magazine has released its second report into how Covid-19 has affected investor relations. It revisits the subject one year on from the Covid-19 and IR report, which looked at the early stages of the pandemic.   Click here to download the report >>   The new report examines how IR has adapted to changes as a result of the Covid-1...
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