One of NIRI's four primary mission areas is advocacy regarding regulatory initiatives impacting the investor relations profession. This important function aggregates the opinion of NIRI's many members, representing trillions of dollars in combined public company market capitalization, bringing the IRO's voice to the regulatory table in Washington, D.C. This key member benefit is particularly critical in today's rapidly changing regulatory atmosphere. An overview of NIRI's advocacy efforts can be found here. More details on NIRI's advocacy issues can be found here

When appropriate, NIRI collaborates with other professional organizations and business groups in the area of advocacy. An example of this is NIRI's involvement with the Shareholder Communications Coalition and its work toward proxy system reform.

Another advocacy resource is the Advocacy Committee of the NIRI Board of Directors. Charged with identifying  emerging issues that will require NIRI advocacy and determining the appropriate advocacy approach, this group is working to ensure that IR has a seat at the table on critical industry issues in Washington and beyond. The 2021 Advocacy Committee includes:

  • Pat Davidson, Chair
  • Lisa Rose
  • Deb Wasser
  • Kelly Reisdorf
  • David Dragics
  • David Dixon  

Each September, NIRI seeks to hold a Leadership Week gathering in Washington.  NIRI brings members in to meet with senior Securities and Exchange Commission staff to raise IR professionals' regulatory concerns and to hear the staff's views on key IR issues. NIRI also arranges meetings with U.S. House and Senate staffers so IR professionals can share their views on key regulatory issues for public companies. Here is an IR Update article that recaps the 2019 Leadership Week event. The 2021 event most likely will be virtual.

In 2014, NIRI's Board of Directors approved a new "advocacy ambassador"  initiative that seeks to build greater support at the chapter level for NIRI's advocacy priorities These ambassadors will gather input and data from chapters about issues that NIRI may take a position on and help answer members’ questions about regulatory concerns. NIRI encourages every chapter to appoint an “advocacy ambassador.” Chapters may create a new officer position or designate an existing officer to handle this responsibility. More information on this program can be found here

Please visit the Advocacy Call to Action page, NIRI's Advocacy 101 presentation, and the other links available through this section to learn more about regulations currently in place, those under consideration, and NIRI's advocacy actions on behalf of members. For questions on NIRI's advocacy efforts, please contact Niels Holch