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Sustainable Finance

The risks and opportunities that (some) CFOS are overlooking


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Two powerful and decades-long trends in business look set to intersect with increasing impact in coming years: the steady, significant expansion of the chief financial officer's (CFO) role, and the still-evolving effects of sustainability considerations on corporate strategies and operations. Although many CFOs have sustainability on their screens, some have yet to fully engage with the new risks – and opportunities – that the "sustainability imperative" presents.

This is a key finding from a global survey of more than 200 CFOs. As explained in the new research report Sustainable Finance: The risks and opportunities that (some) CFOs are overlooking, there is considerable opportunity for CFOs to shape their companies' strategic responses to sustainability issues.

This report provides a unique view into how CFOs think about the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainability. Among its key findings are:

  • Many CFOs are engaged with sustainability issues as they relates to core finance activities like financial auditing and reporting, compliance, and risk management
  • Only one-third of CFOs describe themselves as fully involved in sustainability strategy and governance; one-fifth plan to get more involved in the next two years
  • Nearly half of the CFOs surveyed are planning capital investments that will support the implementation of sustainability initiatives

To help CFOs, the report proposes a number of specific questions that CFOs may want to ask themselves about their readiness to act as leaders in sustainable businesses – and offers corresponding actions for them to take.

Download Sustainable Finance: The risks and opportunities that (some) CFOs are overlooking for further insights about how CFOs are responding to sustainability issues now and for ideas about how CFOs can orient themselves toward both the tactical and strategic dimensions of sustainability.

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