Unit4 sponsors Finance for the Future awards

Posted by  Hilary Pike

Few would question the need to protect and build the health and stability of our communities and the natural environment and the role businesses can play in that effort. Greater focus needs to be placed on encouraging sustainability in all areas of an organisation’s strategy, operations and reporting and it was with these things in mind that The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project and ICAEW launched the Finance for the Future awards.

The awards celebrate the crucial role financial decision-makers play in embedding sustainability into business-wide operations and strategy and in changing how business is conducted. They highlight the importance of the role that the finance team plays in helping businesses achieve positive long-term financial, environmental, social and economic impacts. Entrants are judged on their ability to demonstrate how managing environmental and social impacts has helped to make their organisation more resilient and financially sustainable.

Helen Sutton, UK & Ireland Managing Director for UNIT4, explains why the business was so keen to get involved and sponsor these awards: “Long term economic success is dependent on the health and stability of our communities and the natural environment and we all need to look at how we conduct and run our operations and how we all plan for the future. As a provider of financial and business systems, we pride ourselves on the ability of our solutions to facilitate and adapt to change quickly and with minimal disruption. So we are very keen to see where we can help further the efforts being made by HRH The Prince of Wales and the ICAEW and to help drive change such that sustainability in all areas of business operations becomes the norm. ”

UNIT4 sponsored the Innovative New Ideas category and Helen presented the award to Threadneedle Investments, a global asset manager with a strong reputation in equities, fixed income, commodities, property, socially responsible investments and multi-asset. They invest £92.8 billion for a wide range of institutional, intermediary and retail clients. Their approach is active, client-focussed and performance driven. This is underpinned by their culture of debate, sharing of knowledge and communication.

To meet the growing need for social investment in the UK, Threadneedle has partnered with Big Issue Invest to launch the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund. The first fund of its kind with daily liquidity, the UK Social Bond Fund aims to achieve both a solid investment return and a positive social outcome by investing in fixed income securities of organisations that support socially beneficial activities and economic development.

Helen said: “We would like to congratulate all those who took part in these awards. These organisations and their teams are doing some really inspiring things to change the culture of our society as a whole in terms of how we approach and do business. They are helping to build a sustainable future for the people they work with and for, the services and solutions they offer and for our wider economic and environmental well-being.”

Hilary Pike

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