2016 call for entries press release

Deloitte joins ICAEW and A4S to recognise sustainable businesses

Entries for the Finance for the Future Awards, now in its 5th year running, are open. Deloitte has joined the founding organisations, ICAEW and A4S, as a partner to work with them in taking the programme forward. The awards recognise the role played by the finance profession in driving sustainable business models and economies.  The awards ceremony will take place on 13 October in London.

The annual awards are a part of the Finance for the Future programme, which aims to develop a community of engaged finance professionals committed to creating more sustainable outcomes for their organisations and for society as a whole. Since their creation in 2012, the awards have continued to grow and last year attracted a record number of entrants. 2015 winners included SSE, Carbon Tracker Initiative and Sussex Community NHS Trust.

This year’s awards will feature seven categories:

Four categories open to organisations and their finance functions:

  • Large business
  • Small and medium-sized enterprise
  • Public sector and third sector
  • Communicating integrated thinking

One category open to investors and the capital markets

  • Investing and Financing

Two categories open to individuals:

  • Innovative new idea
  • Finance leader of the future

Richard Spencer, Head of Sustainability at ICAEW said: “The finance function plays a crucial role in driving a sustainable economy. Businesses of all sizes are strongly encouraged to apply – this is not just about gaining recognition for the valuable work that they do, but also about inspiring others, and showing sustainability and success go hand in hand. Finance professionals who are able to combine the two deserve to be recognised for their efforts and we hope to see many of them at the ceremony this year.”

Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman at A4S said: “The Finance for the Future Awards provide a key platform for finance leaders and their teams to demonstrate how they are working to create sustainable business models. The growth of the awards programme highlights the tangible difference being made by finance teams to integrate sustainability. We look forward to receiving entries from around the world which bring to life practical ways to achieve success sustainably, and to celebrating how finance can lead the way in moving towards a more sustainable economy.”

Veronica Poole, global IFRS leader and UK head of accounting at Deloitte, said: “The challenge of building trust in business organisations is one of the hardest issues for organisations to get to grips with. At the heart of this is the need to create confidence in the resilience and sustainability of their business model. The finance function is pivotal in demonstrating Integrated Thinking across the organisation and encouraging ethical business behaviour. Over the past few years the Finance for the Future awards have pointed the way by recognising some of the greatest examples of sustainable business practices. Partnering with the ICAEW and A4S for this year's awards we look forward to rewarding outstanding businesses and the sustainability achievements they have made. Other businesses will have much to learn from the best practices the awards aim to highlight.”

The entry deadline is Friday 13 May 2016, with the assessment and judging process due take place from June to September 2016. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on 13 October in London. Entry forms and further information can be found here: www.financeforthefuture.co.uk

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Media enquiries:

Contact Magdalena Andrzejewska, ICAEW Media Relations Executive, tel: +44 (0)207 920 8616, email: magdalena.andrzejewska@icaew.com

Contact Deborah McSkimming, A4S Senior Communications Officer, tel: +44 (0)20 7024 5701, email: deborah.mcskimming@royal.gsx.gov.uk

Contact Fern Hammond, Deloitte press office, tel: +44 (0)20 7303 2329, email: fhammond@deloitte.co.uk

 

Notes to editors:

ICAEW

ICAEW is a professional membership organisation, supporting 145,000 chartered accountants around the world. Through our technical knowledge, skills and expertise, we provide insight and leadership to the global accountancy and finance profession.

Our members provide financial knowledge and guidance based on the highest professional, technical and ethical standards. We develop and support individuals, organisations and communities to help them achieve long-term, sustainable economic value.

Because of us, people can do business with confidence.

ICAEW is a founder member of the Global Accounting Alliance, which represents around 775,000 of the world's leading professional accountants in over 165 countries around the globe, to promote quality services, share information and collaborate on important international issues.

ICAEW is a founding member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, an initiative by the leading chartered institutes to support, develop and promote the vital role that chartered accountants play throughout the global economy. It creates a community of hundreds of thousands of chartered accountants and students who share a commitment to the highest standards of professional and ethical practice.

The Prince of Wales's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

A4S was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004 to mobilise action and leadership by the finance and accounting community to address the challenges to the economy and society posed by issues such as climate change, increasing depletion of and demand for natural resources, urbanization and inequality. A4S seeks to inspire action by finance leaders to support a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy.

A4S works with the finance and accounting community to:

  • Inspire finance leaders to adopt sustainable and resilient business models
  • Transform financial decision making to enable an integrated approach, reflective of the opportunities and risks posed by environmental and social issues
  • Scale up action across the global finance and accounting community

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

Deloitte

In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

Deloitte LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see www.deloitte.co.uk/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press. For more information, please visit www.deloitte.co.uk.