UNILEVER and The Crown Estate were among the companies recognised as the very best in sustainable finance at ICAEW’s Finance for the Future Awards.
The awards, co-hosted with The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), recognise organisations that are embedding sustainability with support from their finance teams.
Unilever picked up the gong for best large business after its finance team was hailed for having developed a tool that allows them to rank all products in financial and sustainability terms which enables them to track and target investment.
SME award winner Vegware, which makes compostable food packaging using recyclable or renewable materials, was recognised for its sustainable business model and its work on education.
The Crown Estate picked up the public sector award because of the work of its finance team in developing external integrated reporting over a three year period.
“Involving all functions within its business, the finance team has also developed a new, innovative way of measuring progress driving fundamental change across the whole organisation,” ICAEW chief executive Michael Izza wrote in his blog.
Other winners on the night included Belu Water, an ethical mineral water brand, which donates all its profits to alleviate water poverty through a partnership with WaterAid, and global asset manager Threadneedle Investments, which partnered with Big Issue Invest to launch the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund.
Financial Director has launched the Business Finance Awards 2015. Our awards, celebrating excellence among FDs, CFOs and their finance teams, have proved extremely popular – with recent winners from ITV, Vodafone, National Farmers Union, Christie’s and LOCOG. Individual winners include ITV’s Ian Griffiths, Telecity’s Brian McArthur-Muscroft and former Vodafone CFO Andy Halford.
Entries are now open for the 2015 awards. There are four UK FD of the Year categories, for business large and small, with the public sector & voluntary also recognised. Finance team categories are also available.
An Accountant of the Year category has been added, for those working in business or the public sector and with more than three years’ post-qualification experience. This complements the popular New Accountant of the Year category.
Service providers to finance directors and their businesses will also be recognised, with the launch of a Corporate Finance Provider of the Year category. This is open to banks, lenders, brokers and advisers, and recognises the vital importance of access to capital for the business community.
Entries close on 14 November. Click here for more details.
The awards ceremony will take place on 11 March 2015, at the Royal Garden Hotel.