Global IR Survey: Nearly 80% increase in ESG-related questions from investors
Citigate Dewe Rogerson x Grayling have released results of the 12th annual investor relations survey. 377 Investors Relations Officers worldwide contributed to our survey, representing companies from 55 countries, with a combined market value of over $3 trillion.
This year, the report specifically sought to identify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communications practices and investor relations, as well as the growing importance of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance).
- Increased caution and transparency on the part of IR teams in the context of a global pandemic – nearly 80% of IROs report an increase in ESG-related questions from investors, with 27% reporting a significant increase in such questions.
- Links between annual report issuers and investors have been strengthened despite disrupted modes of interaction – 37% have issued statements to the market more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic
- The quality of extra-financial communication is at the heart of IR teams’ priorities due to investors’ growing need for information – 69% intend to improve ESG disclosure over the coming year
- The main challenge of ESG reporting: messages that are not yet integrated into traditional financial communication result in ESG arguments that are often underdeveloped and, therefore, not yet widely marketed to investors.