Academy

The A4S Academy is a CFO-sponsored programme, which empowers and equips finance teams with the skills needed for their businesses to succeed in the face of environmental and social risks and opportunities. The programme is for senior finance professionals.

All sessions are being held online.

The Academy is focused on practical implementation, with structured support provided for participants. The programme draws on leading practice and utilizes tools and guidance from the A4S Essential Guide Series developed by finance, for finance. Participants have access to a variety of knowledge-based materials, experienced practitioners and skills development sessions to support them through the year-long programme.

Graduation from the Academy is dependent on completion of a short case study, evidencing the progress participants have made against their personal programme objectives. Academy graduates are invited to join the alumni network, where they will have ongoing access to events, support and a community of peers from whom they can continue to draw inspiration.

Register your interest for 2021 here

WHY THIS, WHY NOW?

Businesses are at a critical juncture. Over the next few decades, the success and failure of organizations will be determined by how they respond to environmental and social risks. Beyond risk, there are also huge opportunities to be made from the innovation, efficiencies and new markets which sustainable business models create.

To achieve a sustainable economy, businesses need to be able to deliver financial returns in the short and long term, while generating positive value for society and operating within environmental constraints.

Finance has a vital role to play. To ensure finance professionals excel in the new economy, their skills and competencies need updating. How will they price externalities, how will they navigate the changing business landscape and how can they deliver on ‘purpose’?

The A4S Academy is a small investment of time but with the potential to create a lasting impact. Participation in the programme enables finance leaders and their teams to shape a sustainable future for their organizations.

If you have any questions please contact academy@accountingforsustainability.org.

Interactive webinars

The interactive webinars are part of the A4S Academy programme but are open to all.

As part of the Academy programme we are running a series of interactive webinars starting in May. These interactive webinars will be an hour-long and will cover a specific topic focusing on how organizations can embed sustainability considerations into finance processes. The interactive webinars are part of the A4S Academy programme but are open to all. They are designed for finance professionals but may be of interest to those in other disciplines. They are free to attend. The dates, topics and links to register are below.

Participants can claim CPD points against attendance in most jurisdictions. In the US, A4S is a registered body to deliver CPE with NASBA.

Discover upcoming webinars here.

The implementation planning during the workshops has been super helpful. We condensed down our desired outcomes into key objectives, stakeholders and action areas. The facilitator and the other participants were great, the discussions were free flowing and we learned a lot from each other. Following the workshop, I felt well prepared to go back to the office to speak with my CFO and the broader team. 

Faina Leyvi Senior Manager - Investor Relations, Moody’s

"The Academy has been a great opportunity to exchange ideas on the issues that matter to our business. The sessions gave me time to reflect on how I can practically implement change in my role, with feedback from the wider group of peers. Everyone left with the tools to influence change and ideas on initiatives we can implement in our organizations."

Émilie Desloges Senior Advisor - Financial Disclosure, Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

"Participation gave me clarity on the ‘how to’. Practical examples of different techniques were very useful – where people are using finance tools to make more sustainable decisions. One such technique that stuck with me was capitals budgeting – setting budgets in non-monetary terms."

Stephanie Crinnegan Senior Investor Relations Manager, Burberry