IR Leader
March 17, 2020
Things continue to move fast and change quickly. 

The health and safety of our members, sponsors, event attendees and employees are our first priority. As such, we have cancelled all in-person events until the end of April and will make some of these events available via webcast. 

For now, our Annual Conference in June will proceed as planned. We will continue to monitor developments and provide updates as the situation evolves. CIRI is accepting Conference registrations. Should the Conference be postponed or change format, your registration will be carried over to the new date/format. In the unlikely event that the Conference is canceled, CIRI will provide full refunds of registration fees to attendees.

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As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our members personally and professionally, we felt it was important to keep you informed on how other organizations are being affected and responding. As such, CIRI conducted a second survey of corporate and consultant IROs on March 12 and have found that practices have changed considerably since the initial survey initiated on March 9. The data presented in the updated report is based on 26 responses and notes variances to our initial survey.

To view the updated (March 12) report, click here.
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