United Nations Global Compact

"Our Journey Forward" follows guidance from the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which we signed in 2008, and serves as our third Communication on Progress against the UNGC's 10 principles.

In January 2011, we became a member of Global Compact LEAD. As a LEAD member, we are committed to work toward implementing the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership and share related outcomes and learnings with the broader universe of companies in the Global Compact.

A detailed look at our progress toward implementing the Blueprint and addressing the 10 principles can be found on accenture.com. Below please find additional examples of our progress not otherwise covered in our 2010–2011 Corporate Citizenship Report.

  • Accenture is actively involved in UNGC Local Networks in numerous countries, including Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, through attending meetings and sharing experiences with other network participants. Through Accenture's close collaboration with Save the Children Sweden, as well as our global commitments with the UNGC, our Swedish Country Managing Director, Carl-Peter Thorwid, was invited to participate in a panel discussion on the UNGC Child Rights Business Principles at the World Child & Youth Forum in November 2011.
  • Additionally, we recently surveyed 44 of our countries, and 16 expressed interest in becoming involved in UNGC local networks going forward, both sharing their experience and hosting local meetings. Out of our 15 geographies, seven are non-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries.
  • Further, Accenture is playing a leadership role in the development of the UNGC's Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, a strategy on the future of global energy. We provide advisory support to the UN Secretary General, and our Executive Chairman, Bill Green, is a member of the Secretary General's High-level Advisory Group. We are also working with the UNGC to bring a business perspective to the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative and structure the engagement process for the broader business community through:
    • Program management support, leading one of the Secretary General's. High-level Advisory Group taskforces on business action.
    • Conducting industry research related to the contributions different businesses can make to the three Sustainable Energy for All objectives.
    • Conducting interviews and focus groups with UNGC member companies, industry associations and sector leaders to capture the voice of the private sector and help shape the development of the initiative going forward.
  • In addition to being a signatory of the UNGC, Accenture also supports the UNIFEM (part of UN Women) and UNGC Women's Empowerment Principles and, in fiscal 2010, signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Statement of Support. These principles provide a set of considerations to help the private sector focus on key elements that are integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. Informed by business policies and practices collected from around the world, the principles are very much in line with our own leadership and accomplishments on these issues.
  • We have been deeply involved with the UNGC taskforce for developing guidelines to assist companies with reporting on the UNGC’s 10th principle; see Accenture’s detailed report, United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress Report—Supplemental Report on Principle 10, based on that guidance. We continue to be an active member in the UNGC Working Group on the 10th principle and have been a co-chair for the UNGC 10th Principle Taskforce, which is responsible for developing anticorruption reporting guidelines.

Lastly, in 2010, we partnered with the UNGC to produce a CEO study on sustainability and business. Titled “A New Era of Sustainability: UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study 2010,” The study found that 80 percent of the 766 CEOs surveyed said the global economic downturn actually increased—rather than dampened—the corporate commitment to sustainability.

Accenture's Corporate Citizenship Report, "Our Journey Forward," follows guidance from the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which we signed in 2008, and serves as our third Communication on Progress against the UNGC's 10 principles.

"Our Journey Forward" follows guidance from the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which we signed in 2008, and serves as our third Communication on Progress against the UNGC's 10 principles.


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