The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) from Glasgow on 31st October to 12th November 2021.

A4S was there as an impartial voice working with the finance community. Our aim in glasgow was to bring finance to COP26, and COP26 to the finance community.

How you can take action:

  1. Watch our two A4S@COP26 broadcasts and the Finance for the Future Awards on demand – see below
  2. Sign up to our newsletter for information important to the finance and accounting community
  3. If you have had enough of the talking and want to take action, use our practical guidance to make a difference
  4. Sign up to our Net Zero statements of support for CFOs, Pensions Fund Chairs or Accounting Bodies to make your commitment to action public


Our statement on the ISSB launch

Over 17 years ago, A4S set out to change the reporting landscape. With the announcement of the IFRS Foundation’s new International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), which will also merge the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), we are now at an exciting point where the vision that we have collectively developed for reporting is – at long last – becoming a reality.

Your top five 'need to knows' from COP26

Read our very quick top five from week one at COP26.



During this live broadcast from Glasgow, we were able to react to the breaking news on the ISSB launch as well as other key announcements important to business, accountants and investors. You can watch the recording to hear from Janine Guillot, CEO, Value Reporting Foundation; Veronica Poole, Vice Chair, Deloitte UK; Rishi Kalra, Managing Director and Group CFO, Olam Food Ingredients; and Saker Nusseibeh CBE, CEO International at Federated Hermes. We also reflected on the key actions that business and investors can take to tackle the climate crisis. 

A4S@COP26 – Financing the future: reflections on week one

During our second live broadcast from Glasgow, we spoke to Hiro Mizuno, UN Special Envoy; David Blood, Co-Founder, Generation Investment Management; Sarah Gordon, CEO, Impact Investing Institute (III); Jamie Broderick, Board member at the III and former Head of Wealth Management at UBS; and Katie Murray, CFO, NatWest. We discussed the announcements made during week one at COP26 and what they mean for the finance community.


Finance for the Future Awards

Tuesday 2nd Nov

For the first time, the 9th annual awards was live streamed from events being held in London and Glasgow. The awards recognize financial leadership in building sustainable economies. Follow the link to see who won in our five categories

Resources you can use

Net zero guidance

A4S has developed this guidance with members of our CFO Leadership Network to share the practical steps that finance teams can take to support their organization to progress towards net zero emissions.

In addition, pension fund chairs from our Asset Owners Network have shared a set of top tips to help fellow trustees get started. 

Essential guides series

The guides have been developed by the A4S CFO Leadership Network and their teams (comprising senior finance, risk, internal audit, investor relations and sustainability professionals), A4S and other specialists. Each guide is supported by examples from network members which demonstrate practical applications of the approaches and techniques set out in the guides.

Navigating the reporting landscape

This guide, created by the A4S Accounting Bodies Network, offers a brief introduction to the changing corporate reporting landscape. It summarizes recent key developments in sustainability reporting. It sets out how these developments are impacting the role of the accountant and shaping the future of corporate reporting. It also highlights how this area is likely to evolve, offering signposting to further sources of information.

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