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A4S Finance Leaders’ Sustainability Barometer 2024

Are CFOs ready to be sustainable?

Read our latest insights from global CFOs in the second Finance Leaders’ Sustainability Barometer. This report offers an understanding of the attitudes shaping finance leadership today, based on quantitative and qualitative input, and a comparison to previous findings.

The results underline the shift from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’. A large majority (88%) say that it is essential or very important to transform financial decision making, but only 9% say they are able to respond fully with the tools and techniques they have in place.

Another key finding is a shift towards viewing the net zero transition as an opportunity, driven largely by demand from employees and customers. We also uncovered the extent to which CFOs have identified a skills and capability gap and how they are planning to bridge it – only one in ten said their teams were currently ‘fully capable’ when it comes to environmental and social considerations.

The Barometer is based on a global survey of senior finance professionals, conducted by A4S and our CFO Leadership Network, with qualitative input from Board Intelligence who interviewed CFOs.

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Essential Guide 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 practical examples from network members which demonstrate practical applications of the approaches and techniques set out in the guides.

The A4S 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.


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