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Top banking CFOs: Agile, digital and strong in ESG

June 4, 2021

RESEARCH REPORT

In brief

Banking CFOs: In the right place during volatile times

49%

of banking CFOs say identifying and unlocking value, such as through developing new business models, has been a major focus for the last two years.

48%

are prioritizing product and service development—more than their peers in other industries.

Bank CFOs are poised to support ESG standardization

Who’s behind the digital charge? CFOs.

Fostering an agile, ever-ready workforce

Workforce agility

A solid majority (77 percent) of banking CFOs say their function will champion a new way of operating across the enterprise.

Hybrid models

Workers have been thrust into remote work—but now may not want to return. For CFOs, a hybrid model may be the answer.

More work needed

While banking CFOs want to prioritize an agile workplace, only 19% are actively engaged in enabling new ways of working.

Today’s banking CFOs wear three hats

"Among all C-suite executives, the CFO is the logical choice to drive the agenda across risk, regulation and returns. This means implementing measurement, analytics and reporting capabilities focused on the impact of ESG-related topics."

— CHRIS JOHNSTON, Managing Director, Strategy, Accenture
Ambrose Shannon

Managing Director – Sustainability Services

Ambrose supports clients with their finance transformation journeys, including cost optimization and operating model design.


Chris Johnston

Managing Director – Strategy & Consulting


Fred Kim

Managing Director – Strategy & Consulting

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