Finance for the Future

Some members will already be aware of the Finance for the Future initiative, which ICAEW co-founded with HRH The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) in 2011.

Now also run in partnership with Deloitte, the programme serves to build, promote and recognise leadership in the development of successful business models which embed sustainability at the heart of their operations, delivering long-term environmental and social benefits.

The programme works through promoting the sharing of best practice and developing a community of finance leaders who are committed to making sustainable business decisions.

Awarding Sustainability

Each year-long programme culminates in an awards ceremony, which rewards examples of best practice that could be transformational in building a sustainable organisation.

The awards are free to enter and open to all individuals and organisations across the world. Entries can be self-nominated or nominated by a third party.

Three awards are open to organisations and their finance functions; innovative project; embedding an integrated approach; and communicating integrated thinking.

Two awards are open to investors, financial services and similar organisations; sustainable investing and financing; and building sustainable financial products.

One award is open to individuals, groups of individuals and organisations; driving change through education, training and academia.

The deadline for entries for this year is Friday 15th June, so there’s not long left.

An Opportunity for Members

These awards are an excellent opportunity for organisations and their finance function to raise their profile and showcase their achievements. Being a nominee can also help to build public recognition for your sustainable operations and innovative approaches to business.

As such, I highly encourage members to get involved and make entries where appropriate.

At ICAEW, we’ve been clear of our support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As chartered accountants, we lie at the heart of finance functions and hold a holistic view of businesses; thus, we have a crucial role to play in enabling organisations to move towards sustainable business models.