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.
The new report examines how IR has adapted to changes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as company and wider economic performance during this time. It also looks forward to IR’s post-pandemic future and examines what IROs and investors think the lasting effects of the pandemic will be.
- Increased virtual meetings/events is the change to working practices that has had the greatest impact during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Reduced travel has created greater challenges for IROs and investors in Asia than in North America or Europe.
- The overwhelming majority of both IROs and investors believe the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to a permanent change in working practices.
- More than two thirds of companies have done better over the past year than they expected to at the onset of the pandemic.
- More IROs expect to see an increase rather than a decrease in resources as we come out of the pandemic, although most expect resources to remain the same.
- A third of investors in Europe and Asia have changed their investment approach as a consequence of Covid-19.
- Most investors and IROs agree that Covid-19 has increased the importance of ESG.
- More than two thirds of respondents recognize that economic performance over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic has been better than expected.
- The majority of respondents are concerned about a rise in interest rates in the near future.
- An overwhelming majority of respondents agree that the economic measures taken to combat Covid-19 will have a lasting economic effect.
The report is based on 255 interviews with our research panel of IROs, investors and analysts, conducted in May 2021.
This report is available only to IR Essentials, IR Advanced and IR Intel subscribers to IR Magazine.
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