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 the 2022 programme here >

Register your interest for the 2022 programme here

Applications for our 2021 programme have now closed.

 

THE BENEFITS:

  • Equipping you with technical know how
  • Empowering you with leadership and influencing skills
  • Connecting you to peer resources and networks

“Participating in the A4S Academy – seminars, communication training, studying their Essential Guides and ‘Top Tips for Pension Funds’ – has given me valuable insights and useful tools to help me reach our sustainability objectives. I would recommend the A4S Academy to every finance professional who seriously wants to make his or her organization more sustainable.”

Fred Nieuwland, Chief Investment Officer, Mars Inc

"This programme is unique in that it brings together finance professionals from across the globe to share knowledge, benchmark and network, in pursuit of progress on sustainability and measurable value creation."

Susannah Biggs, Finance Project Leader, City of Mississauga

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’?

Register your interest for the 2022 programme >

 

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. These interactive webinars are an hour-long and 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. 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.

Watch previous webinars on our Knowledge Hub. 

Participating organizations

ABN AMRO       

Allianz Global Investors

Ampol (formerly Caltex Australia)           

Arup    

Auckland UniServices Limited    

Autodesk           

Bristol Airport  

British Land       

Brookfield Asset Management  

Burberry            

Busy Bees          

Capita  

CDPQ   

Chanel 

City of Mississauga        

City of Vancouver          

Coca Cola Amatil                     

Edinburgh Airport          

Equinix

Fortis Inc   

Grosvenor         

GSK      

Heathrow Airport Holdings        

Intel Corporation           

Kanetix Ltd.       

Landsec

Legal & General

Levi Strauss & Co.          

LiveWest           

Mars    

MassMutual     

McDonald's      

Moody's            

National Grid    

NatWest Group (RBS)    

NFU Mutual      

Oxford Properties Group            

Pennon Group 

Royal DSM        

SAP SE 

Securian Financial Group                          

Siemens             

SSE       

Stikeman Elliot 

Stora Enso         

Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited 

TELUS Corporation        

Tesco   

The Co-operators Group             

The Crown Estate                         

TIME    

Trivium Packaging BV         

United Nations World Food Programme

Verizon

VMWare           

Wunderman Thompson

Yorkshire Water             

Zurich Insurance

"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

"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)