IR Leader
September 20, 2016
On Friday, September 9, CIRI published an IR Issues Backgrounder: Investor Relations and Sustainability.

Many investor relations professionals say that investors and analysts seldom ask questions about environmental, social or governance (ESG) issues, but mounting evidence indicates the landscape is changing. Investors increasingly factor in the ESG performance when making investment decisions, but the information is collected from public documents and third parties, rather than directly from issuers.

Investor relations officers have an opportunity to enhance perceptions of their companies by providing an integrated picture of their companies and explaining how ESG issues factor into strategy and performance. IROs who do not consider ESG issues in their regular communication with investors could be placing their companies at a disadvantage.

Click here to view the Issues Backgrounder: Investor Relations and Sustainability. (Note: you will need to be logged in to view this 'Members Only' publication).
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CIRI is pleased to inform you that new job opportunities are available in British Columbia and Ontario.

CIRI members can click here to view the posting. You must be logged in as this is a 'Members Only' benefit.

Are you looking to create or fill a position in your company or for a client? Here's an effective way to reach CIRI members who are looking for new challenges in investor relations.

Members may submit a job posting free of charge. Non-members may submit a job posting for $150+HST.

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IR Issues Backgrounder: Investor Relations and Sustainability

This is a 'Members Only' publication. You must log in with your CIRI username and password. Many investor relations professionals say that investors and analysts seldom ask questions about environmental, social or governance (ESG) issues, but mounting evidence indicates the landscape is changing. Investors increasingly factor in the ESG performance when making investment decisions, but the information is collected from public documents and third parties, rather than directly from issuers.
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