UK Investor Relations Society and CSE announces a partnership


The UK Investor Relations Society (IR Society) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announce a partnership offering the IR Society’s International Certificate in Investor Relations.

Sri Lankan IR professionals now have access to the IR Society’s International Certificate in Investor Relations (ICIR). The ICIR is an internationally recognised qualification for the investor relations profession. It is a comprehensive test of competency in IR, providing the tools to help candidates develop their careers in the profession. The certificate will help to develop a best practice framework in IR for Sri Lankan listed companies

Laura Hayter, CEO of the IR Society, stated, “We are delighted to be collaborating with the Colombo Stock Exchange to offer our certificate.  Running for over 12 years, the CIR has become a benchmark in the industry, widely recognised in the UK and in other international markets, and we are excited to add the Colombo Stock Exchange to our international partner collaborations”.

Commenting on the partnership, the CEO of CSE, Rajeeva Bandaranaike stated, “The Certificate in IR (CIR) qualification has established itself as a standard in the business, with widespread acceptance in the United Kingdom and other foreign markets. Therefore, we are pleased to offer this qualification to Sri Lankan corporate professionals in partnership with the IR Society, UK. The CSE is dedicated to providing a deeper understanding of Investor Relations in the Sri Lankan capital market and offering shareholder value. We anticipate an engaging and mutually beneficial relationship with the IR Society, UK”.

Interested professionals are invited to join the programme, which comprises a self-study course and an examination. The topics covered include Financial Markets; Corporate Entities and Governance; Market Conduct; Reporting; Accounting Valuation and Investment Principles; and Effective IR in Practice. For further information in this regard, please contact Tharanga on +94-112356543 or [email protected].

Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE):                                                           

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) operates the only stock market in Sri Lanka and is responsible for providing a transparent and regulated environment where companies and investors can come together. The CSE is a company that is limited by guarantee established under the Laws of Sri Lanka.

The CSE is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and is a mutual exchange consisting of 15 Members and 13 Trading Members. All Members and Trading Members are licensed by the SEC to operate as Stockbrokers. For more information, please visit:

The Investor Relations Society:

The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is a membership organisation that exists to promote best practice investor relations in the UK and beyond. It is run by IR professionals for IR professionals.

Established in 1980, the IR Society’s mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of its members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community.

The Society has over 850 members from the UK, Europe and beyond, including representatives from most of the FTSE 100, a large number of FTSE 250 companies and a number of AIM and smaller companies as well as IR advisers and service providers. For more information visit or connect with us on Twitter (@IRSocietyUK) or LinkedIn.