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Citigate First Financial changes name to CFF Communications

Amsterdam, 5 October 2017 - Today, communications agency Citigate First Financial changes its name to CFF Communications. The name change coincides with the firm’s celebration of its 25th anniversary and reflects the broadening of its services in recent years. CFF Communications began 25 years ago as an agency for financial communications and investor relations. Today’s CFF Communications provides its clients with support across the full spectrum of corporate communications.

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What's new at Citigate: Highlights of the first Half Year of 2017

In the past half year, we have worked on great projects for clients including Coca-Cola European Partners, Hudson’s Bay Company and NN Group.

We also supported The Ocean Cleanup with a new technological milestone: founder and CEO Boyan Slat presented an improved design and concept of his project that will allow him to start the actual extraction of plastics from the oceans two years earlier than planned. Great work by Boyan and his team!

And we are very happy to welcome four talented communications specialists (press release) to our team: Janneke Dijkstra, Peter Roggeband, Rick van Holst Pellekaan and Teun Verhagen.

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Citigate First Financial supports The Ocean Cleanup with the announcement of a technological milestone

On 11 May, Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, revealed to the world an improved design and concept of his project that will allow him to start the actual extraction of plastics from the oceans two years earlier than planned. As a proud supporter of The Ocean Cleanup, we managed media relations and public relations running up to and during the event, just as we have done for previous milestones.

After some years of testing and researching, Boyan and his team substantially improved the technology. This will result in a more efficient cleanup that can start much earlier than anticipated. According to current plans, a large-scale pilot will be launched off the US West Coast before the end of the year.

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General elections in the Netherlands – what you need to know

On their front-pages, the Dutch newspapers have reported extensively on the general elections in the Netherlands. On Wednesday, the Netherlands went to the polls for a much-anticipated general election and for the two ruling parties, voters had widely varying messages. VVD, the liberal party led by Mark Rutte, remained the largest party in Parliament with 33 preliminary seats (not all votes have been counted yet).

This means the Prime Minister will most likely hold on to his position. Labor party PvdA, currently part of the Dutch government, and led by Lodewijk Asscher, lost a large part of its electorate and went from 38 to 9 seats. The results are explained by most media as Mark Rutte’s victory over populism.

The much-talked about anti-immigration party PVV of Geert Wilders gained seats compared to 2012, however, with 20 seats, the party was expected to win more. 

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What's new at Citigate: Highlights of the Six Months ending on January 1, 2017

Having wished everyone a happy and healthy 2017, we are pleased to look back at an eventful 2016. In the last months, we have welcomed five new colleagues, worked on a series of interesting projects, including the introduction of the revised Corporate Governance Code, and expanded our media intelligence offering. 

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Heineken, TKH Group and Kendrion winners at Investor Relations Awards 2017

Amsterdam, 13 January 2017 – The Netherlands Association for Investor Relations (NEVIR) last evening announced the winners of the 2017 Dutch IR Awards. For the tenth year in a row, these awards were presented to Dutch listed companies and professionals that excel in Investor Relations. During the tenth edition of this annual evening gala, awards were given in the categories ‘Best Company in the Field of Investor Relations’ and ‘Best IR Professional’.

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Nominations Dutch IR Awards 2017

The Netherlands Association for Investor Relations (NEVIR) announced the nominations for the Dutch IR Awards 2017. On January 12, 2017 the awards will be presented for the tenth consecutive year to Dutch companies and professionals that excel in Investor Relations.

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The impact of the revised Dutch Corporate Governance Code on communications

Citigate First Financial has for the past two years advised the Monitoring Committee Corporate Governance Code on its external communications strategy. We are therefore pleased to report that the revised Code has just been handed over to Economic Affairs Minister, Henk Kamp. Our compliments to the Committee led by Jaap van Manen!

The revised Code incorporates a large number of relevant changes aimed at improving the system of checks and balances at stock exchange listed companies in the Netherlands. There is now a clear call for supervisory directors to work much more closely with the company’s management board. The Code includes clear directions on how this should be reported on in the context of the annual report. We believe there is no need to limit the accountability to this alone. In view of the link to the more personal attention the media devotes to individual directors and supervisory directors these days, companies should certainly ask themselves whether this revised code will have an impact on how supervisory directors should be deployed in the communications with various stakeholders.

The Committee has published a summary of the Code and you can read the full text of the Code here. We confine ourselves here to outlining the impact the Code could have on companies’ communications with their stakeholders. 

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The Ocean Cleanup: First results Aerial Expedition

Boyan Slat (CEO The Ocean Cleanup) achieved yet another milestone toward his mission of rid the oceans of plastic. Boyan held a press conference at Moffett Airfield near Palo Alto, Calif, the tech capital of the world, where he presented the initial findings of his Aerial Expedition, a number of low-speed, low-altitude flights over the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. His preliminary findings? The plastic problem is much worse than we thought…

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