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Sustainability leaders recognised at Finance for the Future Awards

Author: ICAEW

Published: 13 Oct 2023

Organisations that have promoted sustainability through finance and leadership initiatives were recognised at the Finance for the Future Awards last night (Thursday 12 October 2023).

The Awards, which are run in partnership between ICAEW, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) and Deloitte, were presented at a ceremony at London’s Mansion House, with an online option for international delegates.

The Finance for the Future Awards recognise businesses, organisations and people that have demonstrated leadership to encourage sustainable practices. Established in 2012, the Awards’ goal is to inspire, inform, and influence people in the finance sector to embed sustainability in business decision making.

The winners in each category were: 

  • Embedding an integrated approach: NatWest Group.

- Highly commended: The Crown Estate.

  • Moving financial markets (large organisations): Santander Brasil.

- Highly commended: Aviva Investors.

  • Moving financial markets (small and medium sized funds, projects, and initiatives): Net Purpose.
  • Communicating integrated thinking: NatWest Group.
  • Driving change in the finance community: Planet Tracker.

- Highly commended: UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative.

The judges also presented additional leadership awards, which now include climate, nature and biodiversity and social impact. The Leadership award winners are selected from the finalists in all the categories. 

Climate Leadership:

  • ADM.
  • NatWest Group.
  • UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative.

Nature and Biodiversity Leadership:

  • Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC).
  • Planet Tracker.
  • Social Impact Leadership:
  • AGAM International.

ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza said:

“At ICAEW we have long argued that professional accountants have a major role to play in securing the world we all want and need. The lack of progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and achieving our climate ambitions could bring us to the brink of catastrophe. But the stories we hear in the FFTF Awards gives us reason to hope that business will redouble its efforts to secure our tomorrow. It also gives me hope that the profession will play the role we advocate for and lead the way."

Jessica Fries, A4S Executive Chairman, said:

"In the run up to COP28, the Finance for the Future Awards showcase innovative solutions and a roadmap towards a more sustainable future. With the gap between ambition and reality growing every day, these remarkable finance professionals offer a beacon of hope. Their achievements should serve as an inspiration to all."

Veronica Poole, Vice Chair, Deloitte UK said:

“We need action to get us back on track to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which means collaborating and learning from each other. The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate organisations that are taking action, and to follow their example.

This year the Finance for the Future Awards recognised leaders in climate, social impact and nature and biodiversity, because all of these are key to a sustainable future, achieving a just transition and restoring harmony with the planet’s ecosystems.”


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Photos of the winners are available upon request.