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Oct 01, 2021
Bloom Energy hires head of IR
Bloom Energy, a green energy company, has appointed Edward Vallejo as vice president of investor relations, effective September 27. In this role, Vallejo focuses on articulating the company’s values, interests and positions to the investment community. ‘I am thrilled to be joining such a transformational company at a critical time when clean energy is top of mind as we look to provide customers with options for energy resilience,’ Vallejo says. ‘I’m...
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Sep 30, 2021
Profiling the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive
If the EU is to meet the challenging goals it has set itself on sustainability, companies need to play their part. The trade bloc’s policy aims – collectively referred to as the European Green Deal – include becoming the first world's net-zero continent and shifting to a ‘circular economy’ where economic growth no longer relies on the Earth's natural resources. To help meet these objectives, the EU Commission has proposed the Corporate Sustainability Repor...
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Sep 29, 2021
What to expect from an IR interview
In 2015 IR Magazine ran an article that outlined seven questions to expect in an IR interview; to this day, it is the most-read article on our website. At the time, the seven questions – based on expert input – were: What do you know about our company? What do you know about this particular role? What difference do you think you c...
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Sep 29, 2021
Investors urge 1,600 companies to set science-based targets for carbon emissions
A major investor coalition has called on 1,600 companies to set science-based targets covering carbon emissions, as pressure on the corporate sector over climate risk continues to ramp up. The campaign, organized by non-profit CDP, urges companies to work with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which verifies whether emissions-reduction goals are in line with limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In total, 220 financial inst...
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Sep 29, 2021
Telling your ESG story beyond the sustainability report: WPP's ESG investor day
A question occupying the minds of many IR professionals today is how to tell their company’s ESG story. Issuers are increasingly placing ESG issues at the heart of corporate strategy, a shift they want to communicate to shareholders and other stakeholders. Meanwhile, external demands for more ESG disclosure continue to grow, with investors, ratings agencies and NGOs calling for more detail on areas such as climate risk, water scarcity and human capital management. ...
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Sep 28, 2021
Around three fifths of institutional investors have company-wide ESG policy, finds survey
A growing number of institutional investors now have a company-wide policy on ESG investment, with the largest firms leading the way, according to new research. HSBC’s sustainable financing and investing survey 2021, which polled the views of around 2,000 issuers and institutional investors, finds 59 percent of investors have a general ESG policy in place, up ...
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Sep 28, 2021
How to manage investor relations in a bear market
‘It is still the largest cash transaction ever,’ says Karl Mahler, the multi-award-winning head of investor relations at Basel-headquartered pharma giant Roche, of the company’s acquisition of Genentech, which in 2009 was a part-owned subsidiary of Roche. ‘We had to get more than $40 bn out of the system and we had to do it in the middle of the Lehman crisis. Now that really was a bear market.’ Mahler describes the experience as ‘the most horr...
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