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  • Roundtable on Investor Relations departments: evolving to investor engagement on climate change?

    12 June 2017

    This is a University of Oxford organised event

    12-3pm (lunch provided)

    Central London venue TBC

    The University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is beginning a new research project focused on the Investor Relations (IR) departments of companies involved in upstream fossil fuel production. IR departments are a key interface between companies and the financial community, including current and potential owners of company debt and equity.

    As investors attempt to be more coordinated in how they engage with fossil fuel companies, anecdotal evidence suggests that IR departments are responding. Given that so many climate-related investor strategies – divestment, engagement, shareholder resolutions etc – interface with IR departments there is a lack of understanding of how IR departments actually work, how they are organised, and how they might be evolving in response to investor strategies focused on climate change.

    As part of the project we are undertaking a consultation exercise with NGOs and investors aiming to influence fossil fuel companies. We want to better understand what NGOs and investors are trying to achieve and how they currently go about it, as well as their level of understanding of IR departments. We also want consult to find out what NGOs and investors would like to understand about IR departments. 

    As part of the project and the consultation process we are organising a roundtable discussion with NGOs and investors on the 12th June 2017 in central London from 1200–1500 (venue tbc). 

    Please RSVP with events@smithschool.ox.ac.uk 

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