Latest Research


2022 ESG Pulse Report by DFIN

DFIN collaborated with NIRI to collect environmental, social, and governance (ESG) perspectivesfrom more than 100 IROs. It assessed a range of ESG topics affecting corporate investor relations officer (IRO) members professionally, their companies’ current ESG practices and reporting, and their anticipated future state.



2021 Connect.IQ Global 100 Report by Investis Digital

Investis Digital collaborated with NIRI to survey IROs and corporate communications professionals on their 2021 digital priorities, and produced this “Global 100 Connect.IQ Special Report."



The State of Investor Relations in the Virtual World 2021

Cision collaborated with NIRI to survey senior IR leaders from companies representing a broad set of industries and market caps to capture their views on how they responded to an unprecedented year with a crisis around every corner — and where they see the industry headed.


IR Profession and Compensation

IR profession compensation trends including research from NIRI's unique partnership with Korn Ferry International. Data on base salaries, bonus, equity and additional benefits, career trajectory, IR budgets, reporting structure, professional and administrative staff sizes, as well as demographics of the profession and working environments. 

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Earnings Guidance Practices

For IR professionals, providing what most commonly is referred to as "earnings guidance" is a core concern. Guidance practices trend data related to both company financial, and non-financial guidance, frequency of guidance, and periodicity of guidance.  

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The Annual Report

Annual reports are a significant investment for many companies and a key communications vehicle. NIRI tracks trends in annual report practices in order to help organizations benchmark against their peers. Data includes longitudinal trends on annual report production (both paper and online), types of materials included in AR development, key leaders in production of annual reports across departments, roles and responsibilities, overall and specific budget items and costs, and annual report assessment. 

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Additional NIRI Research

IR Profession, Budget, and Staffing

NIRI and Korn Ferry partner to provide current budget, staffing, and profession benchmarking and trend data for corporate investor relations professionals. 

Earnings Process Practices

A comprehensive study and report about quiet periods, earnings guidance, earnings releases, and earnings call practices.

Activist Investors

Details activist investor practices and company response including activist ownership of company stock, frequency and method of outreach from activist investors to a company, activist stated primary objectives, and company communication methods. 

Social Media and Investor Relations

Investor relations social media use, which is activity focused on a company's IR program (i.e., where the investment community is the primary audience). This report details social media practices specifically for use in investor relations. 

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