Judging Criteria

When choosing the Awardees, the following criteria may be assessed by voters and the Judging Panel.

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Selected by Judging Panel

 

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Best IR Company

  • Corporate structure and policies conducive to best practices in IR
  • Clear delineation of the role of executive management and their accountability to the board
  • High quality, effective composition and structure of the board of directors that enables the board to exercise its duties/ responsibilities independently and effectively while implementing best practices in IR
  • Evidence of protecting and advancing rights and interests of all shareholders, including minority shareholders
  • Evidence of maintaining good relationships with different stakeholders through various channels and responding to their needs and concerns

 

Best ESG (E)

  • Demonstration of quantified achievements in pursuing improvement on environmental issues such as climate change, water use, biodiversity, pollution & resources, environmental supply chain etc.
  • Evidence of reducing energy use and GHG emissions
  • Policy commitment to address water use, rehabilitation of mining sites, net positive biodiversity impact etc.
  • Policy commitment and/or Participation of biodiversity certification scheme
  • A part of the Environmental Supply Chain

 

Best ESG (S)

  • Demonstration of quantifiable social efforts on areas such as labour standards, customer responsibility, social supply chain etc.
  • Policy commitment to ensure workplace health and safety
  • Actions to address labour issues
  • Evidence of protecting human rights
  • Quantified support for local employment and NGOs
  • A part of the Social Supply Chain

 

Best ESG (G)

  • Demonstration of quantifiable governance efforts on areas such as anti-corruption, tax transparency, risk management, and corporate governance
  • Policy commitment to countering bribery, eg. clear set of penalties in reaction to corruption, risk assessment of operations etc.
  • Disclosure of tax payment aligned with revenue-generating activities
  • Provision of risk management framework, covering eg. emergency and non-compliance procedures etc.
  • Indicators of good corporate governance, eg. board diversity, separate Director & CEO, frequency of board meeting & attendance rate, shareholder voting rights etc.

 

Best IR Team

  • Maximum one IR team consisting of at least two persons in each listed company would be recognised for the award
  • Concerted team efforts in achieving team-driven goals and overcoming challenges
  • Effective communication of investment proposition to investors on the strategy, business and revenue models, plans and risks
  • Fairness and transparency in information disclosure within the team and to all kinds of investors, shareholders and the public as a whole
  • Team consistency of messaging to the investment community and the public as a whole

 

Best Investor Meeting

  • Effective communication and insight into the company's investment proposition and financial position
  • A strengthened and accurate presentation of the company story, business plan, and overview of financial/non-financial information
  • Participation of senior management
  • Demonstration of acquaintance and preparation associated with the investor
  • Responsiveness to investor inquiries to enable investors to have well-informed investment decisions
  • Clear explanation to investors on the value of transaction and accurate reflection on the latest financial and/or non-financial information

 

Best Investor Presentation Material

  • Effective communication and insight into the company’s investment proposition and financial position
  • Innovation and reader-friendliness in terms of presentation formats, design and the medium delivered
  • Easy comprehension with clear and concise language
  • Key metrics in professional and simple format
  • A strengthened and essential presentation of the annual report content
  • Easy accessibility to the archive and through search engines or from company’s business website by the investment community and the wider public
  • Consistency and quality of content across different language version
  • Availability of past publication, reports, multimedia, etc.

 

Best Annual Report

  • Effective communication and insight into the company’s investment proposition and financial position
  • Innovation and reader-friendliness in terms of content, layout, design, and printing materials
  • Easy comprehension with clear and concise language
  • Providence of adequate details to the investment community and the wider public, in areas of company overview, products or services, business operations, marketing strategy, sales and promotion, management, and future potential of the company
  • Disclosure beyond the required statutory/regulatory disclosure is relevant, contextual and ordered to augment the other key information and overall reader comprehension

 

Best IR Company for an IPO

  • This Award recognizes the best IR company which was listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020
  • The companies awarded last year in this award category are not eligible to be nominated and enter the “Best IR Company for an IPO” Award
  • Effective communication of investment proposition on the strategy, business and revenue models, plans and risks to the investors
  • Effective use of communication channels in raising the awareness of the company and educating investors and the public for the successful launch of the IPO
  • Responsiveness to investor inquiries to enable investors to have well-informed investment decisions
  • Consistency of messaging to the investment community and the wider public before and after the IPO
  • Good company and industry knowledge to give investors professional information about the company's current performance and future prospects

 

Best IR by Chairman/CEO

  • Strategic vision and leadership in steering the company to greater heights regardless of market competition, trends and challenges
  • Management capability in leading the company to deliver sustainable business performance, creating long-term value for shareholders
  • Demonstration of high standards of business ethics and integrity
  • Demonstration of achievements in pursuing IR best practices and positioning IR as an essential discipline within the company
  • Commitment to pursuing timely, transparent and credible information disclosure as well as accessibility of CEO/Chairman by the investment community

 

Best IR by CFO

  • Financial leadership in growing/ expanding the company through effective funding and/or treasury management, achieving the best financial structure, debt maturity profile, investor/ shareholder base, etc., for the company
  • Demonstration of high standards of financial integrity
  • Commitment to best practices in financial reporting which advances the quality and transparency for the disclosure of financial information
  • Effective communication of financials and performance guidance to the investment community
  • Good financial, accounting, regulatory and compliance knowledge and professionalism

 

Best IRO (Investor Relations Officer)

  • Maximum one IRO in each listed company would be recognised for the award
  • Effective communication of investment proposition on the strategy, business and revenue models, plans and risks to investors
  • Fairness and transparency in information disclosure to all kinds of investors, shareholders and the public as a whole
  • Responsiveness to investor inquiries during benign and crisis times to enable investors to have well-informed investment decisions
  • Consistency of messaging to the investment community and the public as a whole
  • Good company and industry knowledge to give investors professional information about the company's current performance and future prospects

 

Selected by Judging Panel

 

Grand ESG Award

  • Demonstration of excellent, all-round efforts under ESG in all 3 areas (Environmental, Social and Governance efforts)

 

Most Progress in IR

  • The Judging Panel will select among the winners of all the award categories to honour companies which demonstrate the most progress in IR in the above areas during the year of 2020.
  • Winners who have not been previously awarded in the IR Awards is a key consideration for this award.

 

Overall Best IR Company

  • The Judging Panel will select among the winners of all the award categories to honour companies which demonstrate outstanding and all-round excellence in the above areas.
  • The total number of awards received by the winning companies is one of the criteria for selection.