Academy

The A4S Academy is a learning and implementation programme for finance leaders on embedding 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. The Academy is for senior finance professionals, sponsored by their CFOs. 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 helps participants to utilize the right tools and guidance developed for finance, including the A4S Essential Guide Series. Participants have access to a variety of knowledge-based materials, experienced practitioners and skills development sessions to support them.

Making a direct impact on the organization is built into the course. Participants develop and deliver a personal implementation plans to drive change within their organizations.

“Our finance team are essential to driving our values, which is why the A4S Academy is a perfect fit for us.”

Julie Brown, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Burberry

Graduation from the Academy is dependent on the completion of an assessment report, evidencing the progress participants have made against objectives they have set in a bespoke plan to drive change. Graduates are invited to join the Academy Alumni Network, where they will have ongoing access to events, support and a global community of peers from whom they can continue to draw inspiration.

“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

Price: £4,500 per participant*

* The Academy will make a limited number of enrolments available at reduced cost to accommodate eligible emerging market participation in the 2022 programme. Inquire at academy@a4s.org.

Register for the Academy

Registrations for 2022 have closed. Please register your interest for future programmes.

Contact us: academy@a4s.org

 

The benefits

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

 

Academy snapshot

  • 18 month programme
  • 5 months of specialized live, interactive seminars
  • Guidance and support with a bespoke, actionable implementation plan
  • 12 months of implementation
  • Peer to peer learning, and inspiration from leaders
  • Live “Sustainability in Action” webinars
  • Check-in calls and dedicated support from A4S
  • A final progress report, to assess the impact and outcomes achieved
  • Exclusive Academy Alumni Network 

 

Brochure

Download our Academy brochure for more details on the programme and why you should join.

Alumni

A4S Academy graduates have made huge strides towards embedding sustainability into their work, in leading new organizational initiatives and encouraging others to follow along, by sharing their knowledge and insights.

Download our Yearbook to read the story of each of our graduates. These stories illustrate what is possible by rethinking the role of finance.

Summary for CFOs

Download our two page information sheet for CFOs considering sponsoring their team.

Further information

WHAT PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID

Following our last Academy programme, our feedback survey concluded:

  • 100% of participants would recommend the Academy to a peer
  • 100% of participants reported that their participation made an impact on ESG integration in their company within a year
  • 86% of participants felt they gained the technical knowledge to lead on change
  • 91% of participants felt empowered to drive change as a result of the Academy

“A4S Academy provided us a great forum to exchange thoughts with other professionals from various organizations working on climate and sustainability.” 
Supriya Sobti, NatWest Group

“Attending the courses, listening to my peers and being involved in a specific project around sustainability has provided opportunities that will be valuable in my everyday life going forward.”
Marco Marchini, Moody’s Corporation

To find out more about how participants have experienced the Academy and what projects they drove, go to our Alumni webpage.

WHY WE SET UP THE A4S ACADEMY

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. 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’?

There is a lot to explore. However, with our global network, we can show you what today’s leading companies are doing and offer up-to-date tools and frameworks for putting it all into practice.

There’s never been a better time to join the A4S Academy.

INTERACTIVE WEBINARS

As part of the Academy you will participate in a series of live ‘Sustainability in Action’ webinars delivered by A4S . These interactive webinars cover specific topics focusing on how organizations can embed sustainability considerations into finance processes. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with expert speakers and peers with practical insights into how others are implementing changes and overcoming challenges.

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 >
Watch previous events on demand >

 

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be sponsored by their Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Participants must have the capacity and aspiration to lead and/or influence change within the finance function of their organization.

CFOs are invited to nominate attendees with a level of seniority comparable with:

  • For FTSE100, S&P 500 or equivalent: divisional CFO or functional head.
  • For other/smaller organizations: roles directly reporting to the CFO.

Typical participants include: Divisional CFOs, Controllers, Treasurers, Head of Investor Relations, Head of Internal Audit, Financial, Planning & Analysis Leaders, Head of Financial Reporting.

Knowledge of, and interest in, sustainability issues will be useful but is not essential.

Participating organizations

3i
ABN AMRO
Allianz Global Investors
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
ARUP
Autodesk
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
British Land
Brookfield Asset Management
Burberry
Capita
CDPQ
Centrica
Chalhoub Group
Chanel
Cisco Systems
City of Vancouver
Deutsche Post DHL
Diageo
Direct Line Group
Equinix
Fannie Mae
Fortis Inc
Gap
Genesis Energy
GSK
Greggs
Grosvenor

Heathrow Airport
IHG Hotels & Resorts
Intel
International Paper Company
John Lewis Partnership
Landsec
Legal & General Group
LEGO
Levi Strauss & Co.
Mars, Inc.
MassMutual
Mauritius Ports Authority
McDonald's
Moody's Corporation
National Grid
NatWest Group
NFU Mutual
Olam International Limited
OMERS
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Payments Canada
Pennon Group
Persimmon
Procter & Gamble
QBE
Randstad
Royal DSM

S&P Global
Sainsburys
Salesforce.com
SAP
Schneider Electric
Securian Financial
Siemens
Sistema
Sky TV
SSE
Stora Enso
Storebrand
Sweco UK
Tata Chemicals
TELUS Corporation
Temasek International
Tesco
The Co-operators Group
The Crown Estate
TIME
TUI
Unilever
United Nations World Food Programme
United Utilities Group
Verizon
VMWare
WD-40 Company
West African Monetary Institute
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)

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