Finance for the Future Awards
Gupta in running for sustainability prize
Founded and organised by ICAEW and the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, they 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.
The Gupta Partnership, run by Ash Gupta, and Alphabet, were shortlisted in the Innovative New Idea category that recognises new ideas and is open to all types and sizes of organisations and various types of individuals – from entrepreneurs, students to business executives. Previous winners include Threadneedle Investments, Enval and Giveacar.
Mr Gupta, managing partner, said: “We were invited by Minimise Energy to introduce funding plus an automotive manufacturer which could provide electric cars for 9,500 smart homes being built at Electric Corby, Northamptonshire.
“An electric car would be the smart energy storage hub for each home, allowing the home owner to sell to and buy energy from the power company via the grid.
“We are delighted to find ourselves as finalists alongside Alphabet GB, who are global leaders when it comes to leasing low carbon vehicles.”
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.”