2015 finalists press release

Shortlist announced for Finance for the Future Awards 2015

The shortlist for the 2015 Finance for the Future Awards has been announced. The awards, founded and organised by ICAEW and The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), celebrate companies that put sustainability at the heart of their financial operations. The shortlisted finalists, who have already been through a rigorous assessment process, will be judged on 4 September and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 8 October at Chartered Accountants Hall.

The Finance for the Future Awards, sponsored this year by Deloitte, highlight the role of finance teams in achieving sustainable business goals. The awards are now in their fourth year and attracted a record number of entrants in all categories. They recognise organisations that are embedding sustainability in decision making with leadership and support from their finance teams. Winners from previous years include Marks & Spencer, Crossrail and Unilever. 

The categories and finalists are:

Large Business – recognises organisations with a turnover of more than £100m or more than 1,000 employees:

  • AECOM and National Grid
  • Garanti Bank
  • ING Group
  • Royal DSM
  • SSE
  • United Utilities

Small and Medium Business – recognises organisations with a turnover of less than £100m or less than 1,000 employees

  • Adnams
  • Castle Group Scotland
  • Latis Homes
  • The Furniture Resource Centre Group

Public Sector and Third Sector – recognises organisations that are public sector organisations, charities or not-for-profit organisations:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • Sussex Community NHS Trust

Driving Change in Others – recognises organisations which are driving change in others, either as part of a wider purpose beyond making a profit; or as part of consulting or technology services delivered to the finance and accounting community:

  • BDO and BAFTA
  • Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Green Investment Bank

Innovative New Idea – recognises an innovative new idea and is open to all types and sizes of organisations and various types of individuals – from entrepreneurs and students to business executives:

  • Arabesque Asset Management
  • bio-bean
  • FairMoney
  • RecordSure
  • Schroder Investment Management
  • The Gupta Partnership and Alphabet

Finance Leader of the Future – recognises exceptional future leaders within the finance community:

  • Mark Campanale, Founder & Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • George Cobb, Group Sustainability Accountant, SSE
  • Heather Donald, Sustainability Manager, Heathrow Airport

Richard Spencer, ICAEW’s Head of Sustainability, said: “The shortlisted candidates have all shown how committed they are to tackling the social and environmental challenges we face. They have demonstrated their determination to promote sustainability and understand the role that finance function plays in the process. We have got to the point when bigger changes are needed when it comes to how we do business. The awards celebrate the companies that lead the way and contribute to achieving the ultimate goal of a sustainable world.”

Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman of A4S, said: “Leadership and support from the finance team is crucial to ensure that sustainable policies and practices are embedded throughout an organisation. The finalists announced today provide inspiring examples of how finance can respond to major social, environmental and economic challenges faced, and can do so in a very profitable way, whatever the size or type of organisation."

For more information, visit http://www.financeforthefuture.co.uk/

 

Media enquiries:

Magdalena Andrzejewska, ICAEW press office, on +44 (0)20 7920 8616 or email magdalena.andrzejewska@icaew.com

Deborah McSkimming, Accounting for Sustainability on +44 (0)20 7024 5701 or email deborah.mcskimming@royal.gsx.gov.uk

 

Notes to editors:

ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 142,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession. 

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world. 

Because of us, people can do business with confidence.

The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004 to "help ensure that we are not battling to meet 21st century challenges with, at best, 20th century decision-making and reporting systems." A4S convenes leaders in the finance and accounting communities to catalyse a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy.

 A4S works with the accounting and finance community to:

  • Demonstrate the business case, increase engagement and build capacity to drive behaviour change that results in sustainable business practices.
  • Develop practical tools, guidance and approaches that enable environmental, social and economic risks and opportunities to be reflected in decision-making.
  • Facilitate the creation of an enabling environment for change through a shift to sustainable capital markets, and supportive regulatory and reporting regimes. 

A4S has two global networks – the Accounting Bodies Network whose members comprise approximately two thirds of the world's accountants and the A4S Chief Financial Officer Leadership Network, a group of CFOs from leading companies seeking to transform finance and accounting.