Accenture’s “Skills to Succeed” Initiative Equips 500,000 with Job Skills

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – For most companies, setting and achieving a goal of equipping more than 500,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business would seem to be a stiff challenge. For Accenture, which has done exactly that, it’s a major achievement. By 2015, the global consulting company aims to equip 700,000 people worldwide with workplace and entrepreneurial skills.

The company has in place an effective program to accomplish that goal. Accenture’s “Skills to Succeed” program is designed to address a global need for skills that lead to new employment and economic opportunities. This program is a key representation of how the company integrates corporate social responsibility into its business. The company puts the knowledge and insights it gains through its experiences to effective use in order to scale programs and improve their relevance to local markets.

The “Skills to Succeed” initiative generates values widely, and Accenture adopts rigorous measures to assess its impact. It specifically looks at the material changes achieved in job readiness or entrepreneurial skill levels. It also measures the effectiveness of efforts such as e-learning programs with job training modules, classroom workshops for IT skills, long-term mentoring for entrepreneurs and connecting the rural poor to markets.

Accenture’s employees take immense pride in being a part of the “Skills to Succeed” initiative. They share their time, skills and counsel, while volunteering for activities such as developing new technology solutions for skills training, conducting IT skills workshops, implementing new technology platforms, and providing mentoring for entrepreneurs. In 2013, the company’s employees participated in 518,000 hours of Accenture-sponsored corporate citizenship programs.

Accenture’s achievements through the “Skills to Succeed” initiative have been highlighted in its recently released 2012-13 Corporate Citizenship Report, “Our Communities, Our Commitments,” which explores the company’s corporate citizenship goals, progress and challenges. The report provides details of the impact of the company during 2012-13 across five areas: Corporate Governance, Skills to Succeed, Environment, Our People and Supply Chain.

In 2013, Accenture managed to reduce its per employee carbon emissions by over 36 percent from its 2007 baseline. The company invested more than $870 million in employee training and professional development in 2013. During this period, 99 percent of the company’s Procurement Requests for Proposal included environmental questionnaires.Accenture has also been included in Ethisphere’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list for seven consecutive years for its strict adherence to ethics and compliance.

Source: 3BL Media

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A formerly unemployed college graduate, Jeevan Dhillon participated in a training program sponsored by British Gas, environment charity Global Action Plan and Accenture. Jeevan is now employed at British Gas as a tenant liaison officer, advising housing residents on conserving energy in their homes. In this photo, Jeevan stands in front of a residential building in Walsall, England, where his team installed new central heating, external wall insulation and solar panels