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SIAS Investors' Choice Awards 2021

Investors' Choice Awards

Sias Investors' Choice Awards 2021

The Investor Choice Awards (ICA)

The Investors’ Choice Awards (ICA) recognizes excellence in companies adopting good corporate governance practices. Corporate governance plays an important role in supporting investment, specifically for retail investors in Singapore. Investors plough their monies into companies trusting the Board and the Management and hoping for their desired returns. Therefore, SIAS together with its industry partners, annually rate the best performing listed companies in governance and transparency for the benefit of investors.

SIAS also recognizes the various stakeholders like financial journalists and brokers that help drive good governance and, thus, the outstanding individuals and companies will be recognised at ICA.

  • SIAS Investors' Choice Awards 2021
  • 12th October, Tuesday, 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM
  • Hybrid Event
  • Time

    Programme

  • 04:35 PM

    Awards Presentation

    1. Singapore Corporate Governance Award
    Categories:

    • Big Cap
    • Mid Cap
    • Small Cap
    • REITs and Business Trusts
    • Diversity

    2. Shareholder Communications Excellence Award
    Categories:

    • Big Cap
    • Mid Cap
    • Small Cap
    • REITs and Business Trusts

    3. Most Transparent Company Award
    Categories:

    • Communication
    • Consumer Discretionary
    • Consumer Staples
    • Energy
    • Financials
    • Healthcare
    • Industrials
    • Materials
    • Real Estate
    • Technology
    • Utilities

    4. Financial Journalist Award
    Categories:

    • Financial Journalist of the Year
    • Financial Story of the Year
    • Most Promising Journalist of the Year
    • Investor Education Journalist of the Year
    • Media Excellence in Community Investor Education Award
    • Special Award
  • 06:00 PM

    End of Awards Presentation

singapore corporate governance award (SCGA)

To encourage public listed companies to adopt high levels of corporate governance practices so that investors can feel safe investing with them.

  • Big Cap (market capitalization above $1 billion)

  • Mid Cap (market capitalization $300million to less than $1 billion)

  • Small Cap (market capitalization below $300 million)

  • Most Improved

  • Diversity

  • REITs and Business Trusts

SIAS, together with NUS School of Business, Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations (CGIO), and Refinitiv have come together to recognize companies that have good corporate governance practices and shareholder interests

  • Stage 1

    All companies are evaluated and shortlisted using the scorecard* developed for SIAS by CGIO of NUS Business School which includes an emphasis on shareholders’ rights and updated coverage of stakeholder engagement from the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance with the *STARS Framework.

  • Stage 2

    Using Refinitiv Stock Reports+ scores, comprised of analyst ratings of earnings, fundamentals, relative valuations, risks, price momentum and insider trading, as a screener to the shortlisted companies.

  • Stage 3

    The SCGA Selection Committee Members comprising of industry partners meet to decide the winners based on the quantitative and qualitative inputs.

  • Chairman

    Mr. David Gerald

    Founder , President & CEO , SIAS

  • Advisor

    Prof. Gunter Dufey

    Professor Emeritus of Corporate Strategy and International Business and Professor Emeritus of Finance , University of Michigan - Business School

  • Committee Member
    • Prof. Lawrence Loh

      Director , Centre for Governance Institutions and Organisations, National University of Singapore

    • Mr. Daryl Neo

      Founding Director , Handshakes

    • Mr. Evan Law

      Chief Executive , Singapore Accountancy Commission, (SAC)

    • Mr. Francis Er

      Executive Director , CFA Singapore

      Represented by :
      Mr. Chan Fook Leong , Executive Director, Advocacy CFA Singapore

    • Mr. Gregory Vijayendran

      President , The Law Society of Singapore

      Represented by :
      Mr. Adrian Tan , Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, TSMP Law Corporation

    • Mr. Kon Yin Tong

      President , Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)

      Represented by :
      Mr. Toh Kim Teck , Partner, Foo Kon Tan LLP

    • Mr. Wong Wei Kong

      Editor , The Business Times

    • Ms. Melinda Sam

      CEO , Securities Association of Singapore, (SAS)

    • Ms. Carmen Wee

      CEO , The Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

      Represented by :
      Ms. Chung Yee Wah Yvonne , Director, The Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

    • Ms. Tan Boon Yen

      President , The Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore, (IIA Singapore)

      Represented by :
      Mr Koh Chin Beng , Vice President and Partner of IIA Singapore

    • Mr. Tay Woon Teck

      Partner , RSM

    • Ms. Quek Lee Kiang

      Business Editor , Lianhe Zaobao

    • Mr. Walter Fernandez

      Editor-in-Chief, MediaCorp

      Represented by :
      Mr. David Bottomley , Deputy Chief Editor, Digital News, MediaCorp

MOST TRANSPARENT COMPANY AWARD

To encourage public listed companies to be more transparent so as to help investors make informed decisions.

  • Communications

  • Consumer Discretionary

  • Consumer Staples

  • Energy

  • Financials

  • Healthcare

  • Industrials

  • Materials

  • Technology

  • Utilities

  • REITs & Business Trusts

  • Real Estate

  • Quality of Annual Report

  • Disclosure of Interested Party Transactions (IPT)

  • Directorships/Chairmanships in Listed Companies

  • Timeliness of Release of Results

  • Executive Director/Top 5 Executives' Remuneration

  • Non-Executive Director Fees

  • Corporate Website

The Most Transparent Company Award adopts industry categories from the Bloomberg Industry Classification Standard (BICS). Companies are first evaluated and shortlisted using the scorecard developed for SIAS by CGIO of NUS Business School. The selection process takes into consideration the “Disclosure and Transparency” aspect based on publicly available information and the company’s performance. SIAS has partnered with Thomson Reuters, using their Stock Report Plus, which scores are comprised of analyst ratings of earnings, fundamentals, relative valuations, risks, price momentum and insider trading as a screener to the shortlisted companies.

The companies are shortlisted by adopting the following process:

  • Stage 1

    Companies shortlisted by CGIO based on the GICS categories using a scorecard developed for SIAS.

  • Stage 2

    Shortlisted companies are screened using the Refinitiv Stock Report Plus.

  • Stage 3

    Companies reviewed and nomination by Handshakes, industry partners and media.

  • Stage 4

    Selection Committee members meet to decide the winners based on the quantitative and qualitative inputs.

  • Chairman

    Mr. David Gerald

    Founder, President & CEO, SIAS

  • Committee Members
    • Prof. Lawrence Loh

      Director , Centre for Governance Institutions and Organisations, National University of Singapore

    • Ms. Carmen Wee

      CEO , The Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

      Represented by :
      Ms. Chung Yee Wah Yvonne , Director, Investment Management of Singapore (IMAS)

    • Mr. Francis Er

      Executive Director , CFA Singapore

      Represented by :
      Mr. Chan Fook Leong , Executive Director, Advocacy CFA Singapore

    • Ms. Melinda Sam

      CEO , Securities Association of Singapore, (SAS)

    • Ms. Quek Lee Kiang

      Business Editor , Lianhe Zaobao

    • Mr. Walter Fernandez

      Editor-in-Chief , MediaCorp

      Represented by :
      Mr. David Bottomley , Deputy Chief Editor, Digital News

    • Mr. Wong Wei Kong

      Executive Editor , The Business Times

      Represented by :
      Ms. Anita Gabriel , Senior Correspondent, The Business Times

SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATIONS EXCELLENCE AWARD (SCEA) 2019

To encourage companies to adopt high levels of investor relation practices.

  • Big Cap - market capitalisation of $1 billion and above

  • Mid Cap - market capitalisation of $300 million to less than $1 billion

  • Small Cap - market capitalisation of less than $300 million

  • REITs and Business Trusts

The scorecard for the selection process is jointly developed by SIAS with the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) of NUS Business School

  • Stage 1

    All SGX listed companies are evaluated based on ‘Shareholders’ Rights and Equitable Treatment’ and ‘Transparency and Disclosure’ Sections of the *STARS framework. The top 20% of companies with the highest scores are then assessed further using the Shareholder Communications Excellence Assessment Scorecard.

  • Stage 2

    The shortlisted companies are also assessed based on Shareholder Communications Excellence criteria:

    • Policy and Structure

    • Disclosure and Practices

    • Communication and Outreach

    • Following and Coverage

    The company’s communication activities such as Investors Day, dialogue sessions and briefings are included as part of the overall score.

  • Stage 3

    The shortlisted companies are evaluated based on qualitative and quantitative inputs with the SCEA Selection Committee Members.

  • Chairman

    Mrs. Elaine Lim

    Independent Director , Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited

  • Committee Members
    • Mr. David Gerald

      President and CEO , SIAS

    • Mr. Ang Hao Yao

      Private Investor

    • Ms. Carmen Wee

      Chief Executive Officer , Investment Management of Singapore (IMAS)

      Represented by :
      Ms. Chung Yee Wah Yvonne , Director, Investment Management of Singapore (IMA)

    • Mrs. Elaine Lim

      Independent Director , Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited

    • Mr. Harold Woo

      President , Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) IRPAS

    • Mr. Loh Uantchern

      Chief Executive Officer , Black Sun

      Represented by :
      Ms. Joanne Lee Yen Ling , Head of Research, Black Sun

    • Mr. Wong Wei Kong

      Executive Editor , The Business Times

      Represented by :
      Ms. Anita Gabriel , Senior Correspondent , Business Times

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

To encourage companies to adopt and report on environment, social and governance practices.

  • Big Cap - market capitalisation of $1 billion and above

  • Mid Cap - market capitalisation of $300 million to less than $1 billion

  • Small Cap - market capitalisation of less than $300 million

  • REITs and Business Trusts

The Sustainability Award Scorecard assesses companies in the following areas :

  • Drivers (companies are assessed on their leadership and culture)

  • Ingredients (companies are assessed on their ESG practices)

  • Pillars (companies are assessed on their framework, materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement)

  • Stage 1

    Companies are assessed using the Sustainability Score Framework and the top 20% of companies are further assessed incorporating Refinitiv StockReports+ scores.

  • Stage 2

    The shortlisted companies are assessed based on qualitative and quantitative inputs with the SCGA Selection Committee Members. Companies with the highest scores may not necessary clinch the awards.

  • Chairman

    Mr. David Gerald

    Founder, President & CEO , SIAS

  • Advisor

    Prof. Gunter Dufey

    Professor Emeritus of Corporate Strategy and International Business and Professor Emeritus of Finance , University of Michigan - Business School

  • Committee Members
    • Prof. Lawrence Loh

      Director , Centre for Governance Institutions and Organisations, National University of Singapore

    • Mr. Daryl Neo

      Founding Director , Handshakes

    • Mr. Evan Law

      Chief Executive , Singapore Accountancy Commission, (SAC)

    • Mr. Francis Er

      Executive Director , CFA Singapore

      Represented by :
      Mr. Chan Fook Leong , Executive Director, Advocacy CFA Singapore

    • Mr. Gregory Vijayendran

      President , The Law Society of Singapore

      Represented by :
      Mr. Adrian Tan , Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution , TSMP Law Corporation

    • Mr. Kon Yin Tong

      President , Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)

      Represented by :
      Mr. Toh Kim Teck , Partner , Foo Kon Tan LLP

    • Mr. Wong Wei Kong

      Editor , The Business Times

    • Ms. Melinda Sam

      CEO , Securities Association of Singapore, (SAS)

    • Ms. Carmen Wee

      CEO , The Investment Management Association of Singapore

      Represented by :
      Ms. Chung Yee Wah Yvonne , Director, The Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

    • Ms. Tan Boon Yen

      President , The Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore, (IIA Singapore)

      Represented by :
      Mr Koh Chin Beng , Vice President and Partner of IIA Singapore

    • Mr. Tay Woon Teck

      Partner , RSM

    • Ms. Quek Lee Kiang

      Business Editor , Lianhe Zaobao

    • Mr. Walter Fernandez

      Editor-in-Chief , MediaCorp

      Represented by :
      Mr. David Bottomley , Deputy Chief Editor, Digital News, MediaCorp

BEST RETAIL BROKER AWARD

To encourage brokerage firms to better their quality of service and information provided to ensure retail investors have a good understanding of what they invest in.

SIAS, in collaboration with Singapore Management University and Investment Trends have developed a set of criteria for the effective evaluation of brokerage firms in Singapore.

Brokers are shortlisted through the following processes:

  • Stage 1

    Through qualitative research, SMU identifies brokerage firms based on variables such as product offerings, disclosure & security, technology, investor education, customer service and recognition.

  • Stage 2

    Quantitative research, by Investment Trends, a global financial services market research organisation, is incorporated. Variables such as, value for money, functionality of website, advisory services team/remisiers, reporting of positions and transactions, speed and reliability of website, trading ideas/strategies, charting, mobile app, choice of investments, provision of company research, ease of use, rewards/loyalty program and fees & charges are collectively evaluated and incorporated into Stage 1.

  • Stage 3

    Based on both qualitative and quantitative research, results are tabulated and scored. Brokerage firms are also asked to submit a write up on their initiatives.

  • Stage 4

    Selection Committee Members meet to decide the winners based on the results.

  • Chairman

    Mr. Ang Hao Yao

    Director , Credit Counselling Singapore

  • Ex-oficio Member

    Mr. David Gerald

    Founder, President and CEO, Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS)

  • Committee Members
    • Prof. David Ding

      Associate Professor of Finance (Education), Singapore Management University

    • Mr. Christopher Cheong

      Chairman , Bio-Scaffold International

    • Mr. Harold Woo

      President , Investor Relations Professional Association (Singapore) (IRPAS)

FINANCIAL JOURNALIST AWARD

To encourage financial journalists to uplift their reporting standards and provide information that are beneficial to the investing community at large.

Judging of entries is based on news value, originality, reportorial quality, analytical value and impact on the financial community and to the retail investors at large.

This award is open to career journalists only. Journalist from the local media, both print and broadcast, are eligible.

  • Financial Journalist of the Year Award

    Based on news worthy contributions that had made substantial impact on the investing community in the period under review, he/ she has to be a well-rounded journalist with the ability not only to break significant stories but is also able to write commentaries that take a clear position and provide insights for investors.

  • Financial Story of the Year Award

    Candidates under this category will be judged on either one story or a series of stories based on one topic that makes an impact on the financial community.

  • Investor Education Award

    Focusing on education and the impact on the investing community, the journalist/programme must have displayed sound knowledge of the investment principles and the instruments discussed, produced and written consistently over a minimum period of at least six (6) months.

  • Special Award

    The Special Award is presented for journalists who consistently delivers ground-breaking, insightful, easy to understand, probing, news that has significant consequences and written with the proper context and background.

  • Educational Content - Has to cover a wide range of topics not only products (features and risks) promoting importance of financial planning including retirement planning and how impactful it is on the investing community .

  • Target Audience - Articles must cover a wide range of audience .

  • Consistency - Demonstrate on-going interest, variety and standard .

  • Feedback - Must be strongly supported by the readers, listeners or viewers .

  • Track Record - Minimum of 3 years track record in community investor education .

  • Chairman

    Mrs. Elaine Lim

    Independent Director , Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited

  • Members
    • Mr. Andrew Cheng

      Group CEO , Kingsmen Creatives

    • Mr. Ang Hao Yao, CFA

      SIAS Management Committee Member

    • Ms. Catherine Ong

      CEO , Catherine Ong Associates

    • Mr. Christopher Cheong

      Chairman , Bio-Scaffold International

    • Mr. David Gerald

      Ex-Offcio, Financial Journalist Award , Founder, President and CEO, SIAS

    • Mr Sivanithy s/o Rathananthan

      Editorial Consultant , Securities Investor Association Singapore (SIAS)

    • Mr. TK Yap, CFA

      Managing Director & Head of Institutional Trading and Execution Services , CGS-CIMB Securities (Singapore)

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