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Accounting for Sustainability: Disruptive Technologies

Disruptive technologies and global megatrends are colliding, providing new opportunities and challenges for business and society and fundamentally changing how people work and live. If businesses can harness the power of disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality (VR) and blockchain to address the system-level challenges we face, huge societal benefits could be unlocked. If they can’t, businesses could face economic challenges, social jeopardy and legal liability.

Finance leaders have a critical role to play in building resilient business models but they cannot do this alone. That’s why The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) and PwC are bringing together industry leaders from finance, technology and sustainability through a series of workshops in key cities around the world. Through group working sessions, presentations and live demos of disruptive technologies, including a chance to step into a world of the future using PwC’s VR experience, attendees can collaborate across industries, organisations and functions and take action to build businesses fit for the future.

“It’s important for technology sustainability and finance to work together because we're not operating in isolation. There's a lot happening in the world as a whole and none of those things are siloed. So collaboration, working together and being enabling so we make each other's lives easier is really important.”

Rebecca Self, Chief Financial Officer Sustainable Finance, HSBC

Take a look at the takeaways and actions from our most recent Disruptive Technologies Workshop, held in London at the end of 2018, below:


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“Seeing the facts around sustainability is a clear call for action. I'll really take that back home and ensure that we're not just talking but also acting.”

Soeren Baekgaard Hansen, Director Enterprise Architecture, Arla Foods

For more on the key discussion points from this event and the actions that finance, sustainability and technology professionals agreed to take as a result, take a look at our blog, 'Why finance teams must step up their response to sustainability challenges and disruptive technologies'.

To find out how your organisation can bring sustainability, finance and technology together more effectively, please contact PwC's Tom Beagent or Helen Slinger, Executive Director at A4S.

The next event will be held on 28th October 2019 in Frankfurt. Find out more information about this event.

Future events will be held in key cities around the world throughout 2019. To register your interest, please email:

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Tom Beagent

Tom Beagent

Director, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7973 565380

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