The A4S Academy is an 18 month online learning and implementation programme for senior finance leaders to embed sustainability. The programme empowers and equips finance teams with the skills needed for their businesses to succeed in the face of environmental and social risks and opportunities.
Making a direct impact on the organization is built into the course. Following a series of seminars, participants develop and deliver a personal implementation plan to drive change within their organizations.
- Applications open: December 2023
- Start date: June 2024
- Duration: 18-month programme, with 5 months of live, interactive seminars and 12 months of implementation planning
- Format: online seminars, followed by practical implementation within own organization
- Hours: 21-37 hours of contact time, and 20-30 hours of pre-work*
- Language: English
- Participants: senior finance professionals (more details on eligibility can be found below)
- Geography: global
*estimates do not include time spent on Implementation Plans.
Equipping you with technical know how
93% of participants said they have gained the technical knowledge and skills to lead on change.
Empowering you with leadership and influencing skills
98% of participants have felt empowered to drive change as a result of the A4S Academy.
Connecting you to resources and a peer network
“The A4S Academy provided us a great forum to exchange thoughts with other professionals from various organizations working on climate and sustainability.”
Supriya Sobti, Head of Regulatory Assurance, NatWest Group
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WHY CFOS SHOULD SEND THEIR TEAMS
In a recent survey of finance leaders (A4S Finance Leaders’ Sustainability Barometer), it was found that there is a gap between sustainability ambitions and the work needed to make them a reality. Less than half of those surveyed believed their finance team had the skills and competencies for supporting ESG efforts.
The A4S Academy aims to close this skills and knowledge gap, and helps organizations work towards their sustainability ambitions.
“The access and insights on offer from the A4S Academy are essential for any finance professionals looking at how to embed sustainability. It’s through initiatives like this that the profession will maintain relevance and shape the future.”
Mark Kaye, Chief Financial Officer, Moody’s
Hear why CFOs send their teams to the Academy
412 participants from 178 organizations have already taken part in the A4S Academy, including:
Allianz Global Investors
Bank of America
City of Vancouver
Coca Cola Amatil
Deutsche Post DHL
Direct Line Group
Heathrow Airport Holdings
IHG Hotels & Resorts
International Paper Company
John Lewis Partnership
Levis Strauss & Co
Metro Pacific Investments
Olam Food Ingredients (OFI)
Procter & Gamble
Ramsay Health Care
Royal Ahold Delhaize N.V.
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
The Co-operators Group
The Crown Estate
THE HERSHEY COMPANY
United Utilities Group
Zurich Insurance Group