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Building a Better Future

Building a better future

While the battle against COVID-19 is far from over, with governments, businesses and people around the world continuing to grapple with the human and economic consequences, thoughts are also turning to the future. When we look beyond the crisis response towards recovery and the shape of the economy that might emerge, a key question is: how do we rebuild for greater resilience? At A4S we have been in close contact with our networks to understand and shape the answer to this question. 

We have collated these insights and stories into two short reports, a series of podcast episodes, interviews and viewpoint articles from global thought leaders.

Our first report, Building a Better Future, looks at the crisis response, the recovery and the shape of the economy that might emerge, exploring how we can rebuild for greater resilience. A4S has been working with the finance and accounting community around the world to identify lessons from the crisis, and the practical actions that can be taken to build resilience, address environmental and social risks and, ultimately, achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The Building a Better Future report explores insight and practical examples that will help us to rebuild for resilience across three stages: 

  1. Response: what lessons can we learn from the initial response to the pandemic?
  2. Reset: what actions do we need to take to redirect the economy onto a sustainable trajectory?
  3. Recovery: what might a resilient, sustainable recovery look like?

The second report looks at how members of A4S’s Accounting Bodies Network are responding to COVID-19. The report details the accountancy bodies' immediate response to the pandemic by exploring insights and highlighting key examples. It then moves on to explore the actions accountancy bodies will take in order to reset and rebuild a more sustainable economy.  


Financing our future podcast

The Financing Our Future Podcast series looks at ways to make sustainable business, business as usual. Episodes are focused on specific themes enabling resilient responses in the COVID-19 crisis, such as supply chain, and workforce resilience. Speaking with organizations, we explore how they dealt with the crisis, the importance of innovation, collaboration, and the lessons that can be learned to help us create a better future.

Q&A Insight series

The first two of the series of viewpoints can be found on the A4S Knowledge Hub sharing insights from Bob Eccles, Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Will Hutton, Co-chair of The Purposeful Company exploring the role that corporate purpose has played in shaping organizations' responses to the pandemic.

A4S Summit 2020

As part of the A4S Summit 2020, we asked a number of global leaders to share their insights on the pandemic. The sessions recorded at the Summit with leaders including His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Ban Ki-moon, Mellody Hobson and Paul Polman can be viewed on our Youtube channel.

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Financing our future report

The report sets out actions to deliver a global sustainable financial system, with recommendations for all parts of the investment chain.

Essential Guides

The guides are designed to inspire the financial community to action by providing practical guidance, knowledge and case studies.


Stay up to date with all the latest news at A4S. Our Monthly Newsletter includes the latest guides, reports, stories and thought pieces from finance leaders from across the globe.

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