NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IR Global Rankings ("IRGR"), the most comprehensive technical ranking system for investor relations websites, corporate governance practices and financial disclosure procedures is pleased to announce that the registration period for North American and European Companies for the 14th annual edition of the IR Global Rankings and Awards ("IRGR") has begun and will last until February 20, 2012. This event, supported by Arnold & Porter, KPMG, MZ and Sodali is a unique external review of any company's communication process with the capital markets.
TO PARTICIPATE, COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER. Please click here, or visit the website www.irglobalrankings.com. On the website homepage companies can review the 2012 IRGR Information Package with all the details on free and paid rankings. The three main ranking categories are: (i) IR websites, (ii) corporate governance practices and (iii) financial disclosure procedures.
More than 150 North American and European companies have registered for the 2011 IR Global Rankings, among them (in alphabetical order Adecco SA; adidas AG; Advent Software; AEGON; Ageas; Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited; Air France-KLM; Akamai Technologies; Allianz SE; Alternet Systems; Amer Sports Oyj; Anadolu Efes Biracilik ve Malt San. A.S.; Applied Materials, Inc.; Arcadis; Assurant; AT&T; AXA Equitable; Banca MPS; BASF; BAXTER; Bayer AG; BBVA; Beckman Coulter, Inc.; BMC Software; BMO Financial Group; BNP Paribas; BP; BRE Bank SA; Brightpoint, Inc.; Britvic plc; Cameco; Campbell Soup; Caterpillar; CGGVeritas; Chesapeake Energy; China XD Plastics; Cirrus Logic Inc.; Cisco Systems; Collective Brands, Inc.; Commerzbank AG; Con-way Inc.; Credit Suisse Group AG; Crown Castle; Danske Bank A/S; Delhaize Group; Deutsche Post DHL; DOGUS OTOMOTIV; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; EDP Energias de Portugal, SA; EMC; Erste Group Bank AG; EVN AG; Evraz Group S.A.; FedEx Corp.; Flextronics; Fluor; Fraport; freenet AG; Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA; Galp Energia; Garanti Bank; Gazprom Neft; General Electric; Georg Fischer AG; Great Plains Energy Incorporated; Gruppo Campari; Hannover Re; Hansen Transmissions International; Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.; HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft; Hospira; HSBC Holdings plc; IC RUSS-INVEST; iGATE Corporation; Imtech; Indesit Company; Indra Sistemas; ING Group; Intel; International Business Machines; Jeonimo Martins, SGPS, SA; Kennametal Inc.; Kinepolis Group; Koc Holding; Land Securities; Life Technologies; METRO GROUP; Microsoft; Millennium BCP; MorphoSys AG; Mota-Engil; MPC Capital AG; National Bank of Canada; National Semiconductor; Natural Resource Partners L.P.; New World Resources N.V.; Nexen Inc.; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Norsk Hydro ASA; Novozymes; NRG Energy, Inc.; NXP Semiconductors N.V.; ONEOK Inc.; PHILIPS; Pitney Bowes Inc.; Portugal Telecom; PotashCorp; PPG Industries, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; QIAHEN N.V.; Randstad Holding; Redwood Trust, Inc.; Repsol; Rieter Management AG; Royal Bank of Canada; Royal DSM N.V.; Royal Dutch Shell plc.; Ryder; Salzgitter AG; Santander; Severstal; SNC-Lavalin; Software AG; Stanley Black & Decker; Stora Enso; Syngenta; TAV AIRPORTS HOLDING; Technip; Telefonica O2 Czech Republic; Telefonica SA; Telekom Austria; Tellabs; Telvent; Tenaris S.A.; The Cooper Companies; ThyssenKrupp; Time Warner Cable; Tognum AG; Towers Watson & Co.; TURK TELEKOM; Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.; Ultra Petroleum Corp; URS Corporation; Veidekke ASA; Vienna Insurance Group; Visa Inc.; Viscofan and William Demant Holding.
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About IR Global Rankings: Solid communication with the investment community is a key priority for investor relations and corporate governance professionals, once value creation (stock prices) and risk perception can be managed. The implementation of best practices in communicating with the capital markets and fair disclosure procedures do help companies in earning and maintaining investor confidence. The annual IR Global Rankings and Awards Survey is the most comprehensive auditing and ranking system for IR websites, corporate governance practices and financial disclosure procedures – a great opportunity to benchmark IR efforts vis-à-vis peers and industry leaders. Based on extensive proprietary research of publicly held companies and investors, and supported by input from an independent audit, corporate governance and legal experts, IR Global Rankings' (www.irglobalrankings.com) methodology is highly detailed, transparent and fully accessible to all participants. The annual IR Global Rankings and Awards has grown each year since 1999.
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