Best communication of ESG

IR Principles

Please note that for all awards categories, companies need to emphasise how they have successfully addressed the following IR principles:

  • Having an equity story and investment case that are clearly communicated across all stakeholders and deliver long-term value creation
  • Helping investors, analysts and others to understand the growth and value drivers of a company, such that there is a fair and orderly market in its shares
  • Meeting or exceeding all regulatory requirements around disclosure and focusing on greater transparency of information both internally and externally

Award Description

For this award we are looking for evidence a of year-round communication approach to investors and wider stakeholders. It should provide insight into how environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities are identified, understood and proactively managed and measured to contribute to a business’ competitive advantage, as well as having a positive impact on the employees, associated communities and operational partners.

We recognise that this is a developing area for many companies and each will be at different stages of their journey. We would like to see businesses demonstrate that their internal approaches are changing and that the ownership of the ESG communication does not just rest with one department or team. But that a cross section of departments works together to deliver a consistent and holistic communication approach to ESG.

Businesses are expected to adopt a more thoughtful approach to wider value and evidence mounts for the importance of governance and overall stewardship to investors. There is increasing focus from all stakeholders on climate change and social issues, and the steps companies are taking to address these issues. We believe that a real opportunity exists for companies to be proactive in setting out their long-term strategies against relevant reporting frameworks and through including ESG issues when engaging with the investment community, and we encourage companies to move in this direction.

Overall, judges will be looking for evidence of a clearly defined approach, with a consistent and proactive point of view on material ESG issues and long-term value creation across all communications with investors.

Some of the relevant ESG elements could cover but are not limited to:

Environment

  • Climate change,
  • water,
  • waste
  • reporting against TCFD or similar

Social

  • UN SDGs;
  • safety;
  • social impact;
  • diversity and gender pay gap;
  • supply chain;
  • access to work (graduates, etc.)

Governance

  • Corporate social responsibility;
  • reporting guidelines (UK Corporate Governance Code; FRC initiatives, etc.);
  • succession planning,
  • executive remuneration linked to non-financial KPIs

2020 award winners

International

Investis Digital

Investis Digital has been at the forefront of digital communications for two decades. Over time we’ve gained deep sector knowledge, invested in leading technologies, and built lasting and trusted relationships with more than 1600 global companies, including Ascential, ASOS, Rolls-Royce, Anglo American, LeasePlan and Ocado. Through a proprietary approach we call Connected Content™, we unite compelling communications, intelligent digital experiences and performance marketing to help companies build deeper connections with audiences and drive business performance. We tell brand stories through strategic and engaging content that meets your audiences at the right time, in the right place, with the right message.We build and run intelligent websites and digital experiences that are rapidly deployed and strategically measured, underpinned by our secure, world-leading Connect.ID technology and 24/7 service. We find the audiences that matter most through powerful performance marketing solutions that optimize and amplify your brand across all touchpoints. This unique blend of expertise, technology and “always on” service allow clients to trust that their digital footprint and brand reputation is secure and protected 24/7 by our dedicated team of 500 digital experts across 9 global offices. www.investisdigital.com

Winner

BASF

BASF

The BASF entry stood out for communicating how ESG has been successfully integrated into the business and describing value-creation for stakeholders. The judges commended the explanation of how ESG has been reflected in remuneration and were pleased to see targets that were linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Shortlist

BASF
BASF

EN+ Group
Zebra Corporate Communications

Polymetal
Instinctif Partners

FTSE 250

London Stock Exchange Group

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Winner

JLEN Environmental Assets Group

JLEN Environmental Assets Group

Lyonsbennett

ESG is fundamental to JLEN and the judges felt this was clearly communicated in an excellent report. In particular, the use of analogies to make ESG metrics more meaningful to the reader was commended.

Shortlist

Avast
Avast

G4S
Black Sun

JLEN Environmental Assets Group
Lyonsbennett

FTSE 100

London Stock Exchange Group

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Winner

Severn Trent

Severn Trent

Luminous

The judges agreed that Severn Trent had delivered an excellent report all round, which demonstrated that ESG is at the heart of their business and emphasised how they work with the natural environment as their supply chain. The company also tackled upfront how it has responded to the COVID-19 crisis.

Commended

Mondi Group

Mondi Group

Radley Yeldar

In the FTSE 100 category for Best Communication of ESG, the judges highly commended Mondi Group for a very strong report, which considers a wide range of stakeholders. The judges felt that the company had demonstrated a holistic approach to its ESG reporting and communications. Great effort Mondi!

Shortlist

Coca-Cola HBC
Black Sun

Mondi Group
Radley Yeldar

Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell

Severn Trent
Luminous