The Institute of Chartered Accountants in
England and Wales and The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability
project (A4S) in association with NatWest have launched the Finance
for the Future Awards to promote sustainability in business.

At the event held in London last night, the
six top financial leaders and their teams were awarded for creating
sustainable value through doing business differently or adopting an
innovative business model.

The winner in the large business category was
South West Water after implementing an environmental programme,
Upstream Thinking, in 2006 to work with landowners, farmers,
charities and other agencies to re-establish natural reservoirs by
rewetting moorland and then working with land users to reduce water
pollution from livestock and fertilisers.

The medium business winner was managed
security and construction and aviation logistics and consultancy
service provider, Wilson James while the award for small business
was given to branded products provider, Easibind International.

Other categories included: not for profit, won
by Charity Bank; innovative newcomer and public sector awards were
won by Giveacar and Hadlow College Group, respectively.

Highly commended awards were also presented to
Danone, HW Fisher, and Companies House.

The three organisers said the awards had been
created to encourage accounting for sustainability and to share
best practice. Members of the judging panel included:

  • Former Deloitte chairman John Connolly;
  • ICAEW chief executive Michael Izza;
  • RBS Corporate Banking Division managing
    director Tim Boag;
  • RBS head of sustainabaility Andrew Cave;
  • UNLtd chief executive Cliff Prior;
  • ICAEW executive director Robin Fieth;
  • A4S executive chairman Jessica Fries;
  • Global Energy Talent’s non-executive chairman
    Ian Rushby; and,
  • Riversimple partner Hugo Spowers.

“ICAEW believes that the finance and
accountancy profession has a vital role to play in changing
the way we approach sustainable business. [..] As founding partners
in the awards we recognise the unique position the profession has
in influencing strategy,” 

Fieth said.