Note on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
COVID-19 is currently causing significant disruption in many parts of the world, with large numbers of companies and governments restricting travel or gatherings.
Many of our activities are already virtual and will continue as planned. Meetings, workshops and events that were originally scheduled to be held in person, will be held virtually wherever possible.
Alongside many others around the world, individuals and organizations across our membership face a challenging time. Wherever possible, we will continue our work to develop guidance and tools to help finance professionals incorporate social and environmental risk and opportunity into strategy and decisions. We hope that this will provide a positive focus for all.
Network and project activities
For all A4S networks, Circles of Practice and project activities, including our CFO Leadership Network, Accounting Bodies Network and Asset Owners Network, activities will go ahead as planned with all meetings held remotely.
Our work to advance guidance and tools for finance professionals is continuing.
Where we can, we will hold workshops via video conference rather than cancel them, and we will take the opportunity to add to our webinar series where possible. All attendees are being notified directly.
The A4S Academy
The Academy programme commences with a web briefing for participants, which takes place in advance of each face-to-face kick-off workshop. These briefings, which set out the structure and walk participants through the learning programme, will go ahead as planned. The briefings also introduce participants to preparatory work, including a range of online materials and reading that would be helpful to complete prior to the kick-off workshop.
The European, Canadian and US in person workshops, originally scheduled to be held in April, May and June, will be held later in the year. The workshops in Singapore and Sydney are scheduled for September and are currently planned to go ahead.
For all those interested in the programme globally, we encourage you to continue to register your interest as we will find a way of running the programme virtually if necessary, and as a minimum we will be able to give you access to a range of online interactive materials, sessions and reading.