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.

WHY THIS, WHY NOW?

Once it is recognized that ‘business as usual’ is unsustainable it follows naturally that those organizations which start to develop resilient business models will be the ones that succeed.” HRH The Prince of Wales

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.

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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.

Transform your decisions: 
strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting 

16th July 2020

08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT /  16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST

This interactive webinar will consider how companies have incorporated sustainability into their strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, and harnessed the information enabled by technology in the process.

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 Measure what matters: 
capitals accounting  

13th August 2020

08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT /  16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST

This interactive webinar will explore various aspects of capitals accounting from looking at biodiversity, to how companies are considering their human capital.  

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