Categories & Criteria

The Finance for the Future Awards recognise organisations that are embedding sustainability with support from their finance teams as well as those operating in the wider finance community.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate how integrated management of financial, environmental and social issues has delivered a positive impact for the organisation, the environment and society. We are looking for examples of sustainable practices and ideas that could be transformational within your organisation, industry or for finance as a whole.

This could include, for example:

  • developing an integrated commercial and sustainability strategy and rolling out measures of performance across the organisation which drive the way your organisation is run
  • developing a new way to incorporate sustainability issues into business decisions such as capital investment appraisal, procurement or research and development spending
  • developing ways to measure the value created by your organisation's sustainability initiatives, and the link between sustainability and improved commercial performance
  • developing a new product (which could be a financial product) which links sustainability with financial returns
  • allocating financial capital in a transformational way that helps to create a more sustainable business model.

Importantly, the finance team (which can be in-house or external to the organisation) must have played an essential role in the project and be able to speak about their involvement during the assessment and judging process).

The Awards are free to enter and open to all organisations in the UK and internationally including businesses, charities, social enterprises and the public sector.

These awards are unique in looking at the crucial role financial decision-makers play in helping to create sustainable business models. Our goal is to raise awareness of sustainability among the business and finance community and change the role of finance in creating sustainable organisations. As part of a wider programme of engagement, case studies of all the winners and networking events will be developed to share examples of leading practice and inspire more organisations to start embedding sustainability within their financial decision making.  

Click the enter online button or download the application form to read the applicable criteria for entering. If your organisation qualifies for more than one category please apply for the one you consider is the most appropriate.

All organisations are eligible to apply for the Innovative New Idea category in addition to another application. If the assessment team believe it is more appropriate to include your application in a different category, they will contact you to discuss whether you wish your application to be judged in that other category.

Entries for 2016 Finance for the Future Awards will open in the new year. Join the Finance for the Future Community to register your interest for next year and keep up to date with the opening of entries as well as awards announcements.  

Large Business

This award is for business with a turnover of more than £100m or more than 1,000 employees.

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Small & Medium Business

This award is for businesses (including social enterprises) with a turnover of less than £100m or less than 1,000 employees.

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Public Sector & Third Sector

This award is for organisations that are (part of) a government department or local authority, charities or not-for-profit organisations.

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Driving Change In Others

This award is for organisations who are driving change in others, either as part of a wider purpose beyond making a profit or through consulting or technology services delivered to the finance and accounting community.    

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Innovative New Idea

This award recognises an innovative new idea and is open to all types and sizes of organisations and various types of individuals - from entrepreneurs, students to business executives.

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Finance Leader of the Future

This award recognises exceptional future leaders within the finance community. This individual should have the potential to become a finance leader who drives the sustainability agenda.

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