One of our proudest accomplishments is the tremendous progress we are making through Skills to Succeed, Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, which we launched in 2009 to advance employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. In 2010, we established a goal to equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with workplace and entrepreneurial skills. By the end of fiscal 2013, we had already helped nearly 510,000 people—more than doubling the impact we set out to achieve.
Another significant driver is our investment, since fiscal 2011, of more than US$150 million. This investment supports our corporate citizenship efforts, including Skills to Succeed, through cash as well as pro bono contributions of time and Accenture employee skills.
Against this backdrop, we are increasing our target: by 2015 we will equip 700,000 people worldwide with workplace and entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, as we continue to drive measurable outcomes, we plan to set our next multi-year Skills to Succeed goal in fiscal 2015.
While Skills to Succeed generates value widely, we measure it rigorously and believe our approach differentiates our initiative. Our goal specifically measures material changes in job readiness or entrepreneurial skill levels. That is, we measure where we have systematically moved an individual along the path to secure a job or build a business. We also measure the effectiveness of efforts such as classroom workshops for information technology skills, e-learning programs with job training modules, connecting rural poor to markets and long-term mentoring for entrepreneurs.