The shortlist for the 2015 Finance for the Future Awards has been announced. The awards founded and organised by ICAEW and The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) celebrate companies that put sustainability at the heart of their financial operations. The shortlisted finalists, who have already been through a rigorous assessment process, will be judged on 4 September and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 8 October at Chartered Accountants Hall.
The Finance for the Future Awards highlight the role of finance teams in achieving sustainable business goals. The awards are now in their fourth year and attracted a record number of entrants in all categories. They recognise organisations that are embedding sustainability in decision making with leadership and support from their finance teams.
London-based Latis Homes was shortlisted in the Small and Medium Sized Business category that recognises organisations (including social enterprises) with a turnover of less than £100m or less than 1,000 employees. Previous winners include Vegware, Environcom, Wilson James and Easibind.
Latis Homes is a new home builder focused designing and creating communities that promote sustainable living. Our aim is to address the challenges of modern living, affordability, energy efficiency, through innovative design, cutting-edge construction and craftsmanship. At the heart of our approach is our commitment to building low carbon homes that help preserve our planet, whilst growing strong communities around them. For us, that’s what the essence of what sustainability should be about.
Robert Luck, CEO of Latis Homes said: “We are thrilled and honoured to have been selected and shortlisted by the Finance for the Future Awards. The Prince’s Charities undertake tremendous work across sustainability and the built environment. From our foundation we have been hugely encouraged by their example. Since incorporation in 2011, Latis Homes has focused on high levels of growth, producing a highly scalable business model supported by a rapidly growing market for sustainable homes. This coincides with a massive shortage of UK housing, particularly for first time buyers seeking affordable homes that offer an aspirational lifestyle within commuting distance of major urban centres”.
Richard Spencer, ICAEW’s Head of Sustainability, said: “The shortlisted candidates have all shown how committed they are to tackling the social and environmental challenges we face. They have demonstrated their determination to promote sustainability and understand the role that finance function plays in the process. We got to the point when bigger changes are needed when it comes to how we do business. The awards celebrate the companies that lead the way and contribute to achieving the ultimate goal of a sustainable world.”
Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), said: “Leadership and support from the finance team is crucial to ensure that sustainable policies and practices are embedded throughout an organisation. The finalists announced today provide inspiring examples of how finance can respond to major social, environmental and economic challenges faced, and can do so in a very profitable way, whatever the size or type of organisation.”
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Notes to editors:
1. ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 142,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.
As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.
Because of us, people can do business with confidence.
2. The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004 to “help ensure that we are not battling to meet 21st century challenges with, at best, 20th century decision-making and reporting systems.” A4S convenes leaders in the finance and accounting communities to catalyse a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy.
A4S works with the accounting and finance community to:
• Demonstrate the business case, increase engagement and build capacity to drive behaviour change that results in sustainable business practices.
• Develop practical tools, guidance and approaches that enable environmental, social and economic risks and opportunities to be reflected in decision-making.
• Facilitate the creation of an enabling environment for change through a shift to sustainable capital markets, and supportive regulatory and reporting regimes.
A4S has two global networks – the Accounting Bodies Network whose members comprise approximately two thirds of the world’s accountants and the A4S Chief Financial Officers Leadership Network, a group of CFOs from leading companies seeking to transform finance and accounting.