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We are looking for examples of best practice, across five different categories, that could be transformational in building a sustainable organisation.

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Finance for the Future Awards 2021 Category Finalists

Category 1: Innovative project

This award recognises innovative projects that have the potential to change organisations to be more sustainable. The finance team must be integral to this project OR the project must have the potential to shift how finance teams operate.

Entrants must demonstrate:

  • The project is innovative and has clear inputs from or outcomes for finance teams. 
  • That the project is either of a strategically significant size to the organisation or is a pilot which, if successful, could be scaled up or replicated.
  • The project has or is expected to lead to tangible environmental and/or social benefits in addition to delivering positive financial outcomes.
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Category 2: Embedding an integrated approach

This award recognises organisations where sustainability is embedded in the overall strategy and decision-making processes. The award showcases where the finance team plays a critical role in achieving this.

Entrants must demonstrate:

  • Where sustainability is embedded in the overall strategy and decision-making processes. The award showcases where the finance team plays a critical role in achieving this.
  • They generate tangible environmental and/or social benefits in addition to delivering positive financial outcomes.
  • The involvement of the finance team is critical in achieving both of the above.
  • That the approach is either of a financially significant size to the organisation or if successful, could be scaled up.

Category 3: Communicating integrated thinking

This award recognises organisations that are practicing authentic integrated thinking and are communicating this to their providers of financial capital.

The communications must explain how sustainability is embedded in the organisation’s overall strategy and decision-making process. The finance team must play a critical role in achieving this.

Entrants must demonstrate:

  • They are able to articulate clearly what integrated thinking means to them and to their providers of financial capital.
  • They are practising authentic integrated thinking and are communicating this effectively across a range of communications.
  • The finance team is critical in achieving this.
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Category 4: Moving financial markets

This award recognises organisations that have investment activities, products and services that demonstrate ambition to build a more sustainable financial system.

Entrants must demonstrate:

  • That sustainability is embedded in their investment activities, products or services.
  • That these are enabling the generation of environmental and/or social benefits in addition to delivering positive financial outcomes.
  • That they are actively working to enable successful adoption and scale.

Category 5: Jeffrey Unerman award for Driving change in the finance community

In 2021 the Driving Change in the finance community award is dedicated to the memory of Jeffrey Unerman. Jeffrey Unerman was a prominent academic in sustainability accounting.

This award recognises the contribution of individuals, organisations or joint-entrants in driving action to integrate sustainability through education, training and academia. Entries can be self-nominated or nominated by a third party and must be relevant to the wider accounting or finance community.

Entrants must demonstrate:

  • How the activity benefits the future of finance, e.g. through supporting and/ or inspiring the development of sustainable business models.
  • How the activities generate or are likely to influence the generation of tangible environmental and/or social benefits in addition to positive financial outcomes.
  • How the activities have changed or could change current standard practices.
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2019 prizewinners

Climate leadership award

We are looking for examples of best practice, across five different categories, that could be transformational in building a sustainable organisation.

As 2021 is a pivotal year for climate change, the Finance for the Future Awards will be linked with the rescheduled COP26 and there will be additional awards presented, to recognise Climate Leadership. There is no separate entry form for this award; the leaders will be selected from this year’s finalists from across all the categories, based on the significance of Climate Leadership to each entry.

This is optional; there is no requirement to discuss climate change in your entry award if not appropriate. Entries to the Climate Leadership award will be considered as part of the assessment and judging process for the other award categories entered.