Accenture Works toward an Inclusive and Sustainable World
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Talent-led businesses in the new digital economy can compete by putting people first. Putting people first in the true sense involves going beyond prevailing industry workplace best practices and creating next-generation practices in learning and development, inclusion and diversity, and the overall employee experience.
Accenture is helping create a more inclusive and sustainable world by putting people first, as highlighted in its recently published 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “Making a Difference.” Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO, said that the company’s global capabilities help drive innovative solutions for a wide range of societal issues, from equipping young people with job skills to helping close the gender gap in technology.
The report outlines Accenture’s initiatives around the world to help people acquire the critical skills they need to earn a living. Through its Skills to Succeed initiative – and working with its nonprofit partners – the company has equipped more than 1.7 million people with the skills to get a job or build a business. Accenture’s goal is to reach and empower three million people with these skills by 2020.
Some of the key initiatives taken by the company include:
- Employing a digital hub to deliver hope – Accenture worked with the Dutch government and 70 other partners to launch a digital platform to give refugees the skills and connections to gain sustainable employment.
- Training and hiring technical talent – Accenture partnered with Rede Cidadã and Instituto Ser Mais in Brazil and hundreds of Accenture volunteers to train and hire technical talent from low-income communities.
- Decoding the gender gap – The company is partnering with Girls Who Code in the US to help close the gender gap in technology by equipping young women with computing and professional skills.
- Transforming outcomes for vulnerable children – The Company helped Child In Need Institute in India develop a mobile-based solution to help vulnerable adolescent girls by combating school drop-out rates, human trafficking and early marriage.
- Applying data for a sustainable future – Through data integration and analytics, the company is helping clients and communities reduce energy consumption.
- Mentoring diverse suppliers – The company deploys Accenture leaders across the globe to coach talented entrepreneurs.
In 2016, Accenture exceeded its goal to have women account for at least 40 percent of its new hires globally by 2017. Today, more than 150,000 women employees at Accenture comprise approximately 40 percent of its global workforce.