Are you a champion for sustainability?

Business is a key driver of any nation’s economic growth and plays a crucial role in building strong economies around the world. As businesses continue to face environmental, social and economic challenges, a growing number of organisations are seizing the inherent opportunities of resilient and sustainable business models.

The Finance for the Future awards recognise and celebrate the role of the finance function in building sustainable organisations around the world, and I am delighted to announce that the 2017 awards are now open for entry. The awards are part of the Finance for the Future programme, which was founded by ICAEW and HRH The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project in 2012.

About the Finance for the Future programme

In partnership with Deloitte, the programme aims to bring together and raise awareness of organisations that have managed to develop business models that produce financial returns while delivering environmental and social benefits.

It constitutes a year-long programme of alumni, networking, thought leadership and best practice activities, and culminates in an awards celebration evening with an informative and interactive networking reception.

Start-up and growing enterprises award

I would like to draw particular attention to this year’s Start-up and growing enterprises category, which is open to organisations (including social enterprises) with a turnover of less than £100m or with fewer than 1,000 employees.

We are looking for examples of best practice that could be transformational in building a sustainable organisation. Importantly, the role of the finance function must have been key to the project.

Entering the awards is not just about gaining recognition for the valuable work that organisations do – it is also about inspiring others and showing that sustainability and success go hand in hand. It also provides a great opportunity for entrants to join a community of like-minded finance leaders committed to driving sustainable outcomes.

The awards feature five other categories which I encourage you to have a look at.

The entry deadline is 5 May and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 12 October in London. Entry forms and further information can be found here.