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Finance for the Future

Now in its sixth year, Finance for the Future was founded by ICAEW and HRH The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S).

In partnership with Deloitte, the programme recognises financial leadership in developing successful business models that produce financial returns and delivers environmental and social benefits.

Whilst looking at environmental and social issues is a good place to start, the programme goes further by recognising organisations that are transforming the way traditional business is done. It highlights that financial leadership is key to creating resilient business models through embedding sustainability into an organisation’s operations and strategy.

Finance for the Future’s key ambition is to share best practice as well as create and develop a community of finance leaders who are committed to drive sustainable outcomes. The programme spans a year of activity with opportunities for linking with a community of like-minded people, sharing ideas and best practice through case studies, and culminating in an awards celebration evening and interactive networking reception.

Finance for the Future Awards


The Finance for the Future Awards highlight good business practices internationally by recognising the roles which the finance function within organisations, and the wider finance community, play in helping to build resilient organisations through embedding environmental and broader social issues into their decision making.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate how the role of the finance function and financing has been key to building a sustainable organisation – one which delivers long-term financial performance while operating within environmental, social and other constraints and/or generating long-term value.

The rigorous nature of the assessment process (including site visits to entrants’ organisations) and the seniority and expertise of the judging panel seal the credibility of Finance for the Future Awards and sets it apart from other awards programmes.

The awards are free to enter and open to all organisations globally including businesses, charities, social enterprises and the public sector. Past winners include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, United Utilities, SSE, Unilever, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), Sussex Community NHS Trust and Crossrail.

2017 categories

Entries for this year’s awards will open from 6 March to 5 May.

This year’s programme will feature the following six categories:

Four categories open to organisations and their finance functions:

  • Large business
  • Start-up and growing enterprises
  • Public sector and third sector
  • Communicating integrated thinking

One category open to investors and financial services:

  • Investing and financing

One category for individuals:

  • Innovative idea

Further information about the categories and criteria are available on the Finance for the Future website.

Why enter?

Entering the awards is an excellent opportunity for organisations and their finance function to raise their profile. It is their chance to be publically recognised for their innovative approach.

  • Gain recognition for your organisation and finance function as leaders in business sustainability whilst aligning yourself with ICAEW, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and Deloitte.
  • Join a community of engaged finance leaders to share learnings, insights and best practice.
  • Receive valuable feedback and benchmarking from our panel of judges (if shortlisted).

2017 awards key dates

Call for entries  Monday 6 March – Friday 5 May 
Assessment site visits Monday 5 June – Friday 28 July
Finalists announcement Week commencing Monday 8 August
Judging day Friday 8 September in London, UK
Awards ceremony Thursday 12 October in London, UK
Winners’ interviews  Friday 13 October in London, UK

More information about the awards entry process is available to read here.


As part of a wider programme of engagement, a range of resources (including winners case studies) has been developed to share examples of leading practice and aim to inspire more organisations to start embedding sustainability within their financial decision making.

  • Winners’ case studies
    Learn how sustainability adds business value by reading the case studies of the 2016 winners and past winners.
  • Winners videos
    Listen to the 2016 winners talking about their initiatives, the benefits, the lessons learned and challenges faced whilst delivering the projects.

Finance for the Future Community

Our community keeps you up to date with Finance for the Future, and makes sure you're the first to know about awards news and announcements as well as forthcoming networking opportunities. We will send updates directly to your inbox when there is something new to share. For more information about this year’s awards or joining the Finance for the Future community, please contact Aude Bezler, Awards & Events Marketing Manager, or visit www.financeforthefuture.org