Insight

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).
Key findings

  • 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.

Download the full report here.
Contact us: Lucia Domville, Managing Director, Grayling US.