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About the awards

The Finance for the Future Awards were created in 2012 to recognise leadership within the finance function to drive sustainable economies.

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The Finance for the Future awards is looking for organisations and individuals that are supporting the integration of sustainability into financial decision making.

Finance for the Future awards programme is a partnership between ICAEW, A4S and Deloitte and was founded in 2012. Its key ambition is to share best practice, drive awareness, inspire action and develop a community of finance leaders, committed to create more sustainable outcomes for their organisations.


There are five award categories:

  1. Innovative project
  2. Embedding an integrated approach
  3. Communicating integrated thinking
  4. Moving financial markets
  5. The Jeffrey Unerman award for Driving change in the finance community

As 2021 is a pivotal year for climate change, culminating in COP26, the judges will be recognising examples of exceptional climate leadership across finalists from all categories.

About the Finance for the Future awards

The awards are open to all individuals and organisations globally. Individual entries tell a story of innovation and leadership from the finance community which can inspire, influence and inform. 

The rigorous nature of the assessment process and judging seal the credibility and set them apart from other award programmes.

The closing date for entries is Friday 18 June 2021. The awards are free to enter and the application process is simple.

Due to the global pandemic in 2020, the awards were put on hold to reflect the challenges facing business and society. We held three virtual events showcasing leaders in sustainability within finance as part of the Accounting for Sustainability Summit 2020. We’re excited that the awards are back in 2021 and we’re looking forward to celebrating entrants' successes and sharing their insights.

This year, the awards ceremony will coincide with COP26 and be a hybrid of a virtual experience and a smaller in-person event in London. The event will be appropriate for the time, in the context of the global pandemic. Details of the awards event will be updated on the Events page as soon as they are confirmed.