Initial entry is by submission of a completed entry form available on the Finance for the Future website from 12 March to 11 May 2018. The form can be completed online or downloaded in a Word document and submitted by email. There is a word limit for each of the questions and the application needs to be written in English.
Each entry is assessed through a three-staged process:
Stage 1: Due diligence
Once we’ve received your completed entry form, it will go through a due diligence process, where we will check that the information meets the award criteria. We will also check the three years of financial statements that you are required to send with your entry. If your business is less than three years old, we would need the relevant documents since its creation. Financial statements are not initially required for individuals applying in the driving change through education, training and academia category, but you may be asked to submit supporting documentation for your entry.
If your application does not demonstrate that you have met the award criteria, you may be eliminated from further stages in the assessment and judging processes. Entrants will be updated on the status of their entry by Friday 15 June 2018.
Stage 2: Assessment meeting
Once your application has successfully gone through the due diligence process, we will organise an assessment meeting with up to three members of the awards assessment team. This meeting will be approximately one hour in length and will be an opportunity for the assessors to gain a deeper understanding of your initiative and talk to the key employees (including members of the finance team) involved in the project. You will not be required to prepare a formal presentation at this stage.
The assessment meetings will take place via audio or video conference calls on set dates between Monday 25 June and Friday 27 July 2018.
The dates are as follows:
- Embedding integrated thinking category: 26 June and 4 July
- Innovative project category: 04 July and 24 July
- Communicating integrated thinking category: 17 July and 23 July
- Investing and financing category: 27 June and 03 July
- Building financial sustainable products category: 03 July and 12 July
- Driving change in education, training and academia category: 28 June and 5 July
The finalists for the 2018 awards will be announced in the week commencing Monday 11 August.
Stage 3: Judging day
We will invite finalists to give a formal presentation to a panel of judges in London on Friday 7 September. International finalists unable to travel to London will be invited to present via video conference call.
Awards finalists are entitled to two complimentary places to attend the invitation-only awards ceremony. Winners will be announced at the evening event in London on Tuesday 16 October.
Winners will be invited to attend video interviews at Deloitte’s offices in London on Wednesday 17 October.
Awards key dates