|Code of Business Ethics, Ethics & Compliance Program and Corporate Investigations|
|Accenture takes very seriously its business ethics, corporate governance and transparency of operations.|
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Our board of directors authorized the creation of our Ethics and Compliance program. Led by our general counsel, the program is designed to:
Foster the highest ethical standards amongst Accenture personnel.
Be effective in preventing, detecting and appropriately reporting and addressing any allegation of misconduct and violations of law by Accenture personnel.
Comply with government procurement laws and regulations. Accenture’s Standards of Federal Business Ethics and Conduct apply to Accenture employees, as well as third parties, acting on Accenture's behalf in support of the US Federal business.
Read Accenture’s Standards of Federal Business Ethics and Conduct.
Set forth the standards and practices that Accenture suppliers are required to uphold. Read Accenture’s Supplier Standards of Conduct.
Our Ethics & Compliance program includes written standards and procedures; training and communications; visible support of senior leadership; appropriate oversight and delegation of authority; auditing and monitoring; consistent enforcement and discipline; and response and prevention.
Accenture Code of Business Ethics
The Accenture Code of Business Ethics has been substantively revised and a new version was adopted in September 2010.
Our Code is built on a foundation of our core values, illuminated by "action statements." We have enhanced our Code with a revised set of 58 action statements that describe a broad spectrum of behaviors for our people to put the core values in action. Action statements describe the behaviors we seek and “key ideas” provide concise examples of how these action statements apply to everyday work at Accenture. Our Code also includes guidance from leadership, our Ethical Fitness® Decision-making Model, the Five Cs, an explanation of responsibilities and an index of key terms.
Learn more about the key ideas behind Accenture’s action statements and browse through them, using the arrows to scroll left—right, and select an action statement topic to read more.
Within the Code, the asterisked action statements comprise our Standards of Business Conduct. Employees who violate our Standards of Business Conduct may subject themselves and the company to criminal and civil fines and penalties. When it is clear how to apply the law or our policy, we have zero tolerance for violations. In more difficult situations that involve hard judgments between competing values, we expect you to involve others to help make good decisions.
Taking advantage of the latest internet technology to support employees in putting our Core Values in Action, we have built a dynamic Code of Business Ethics website. The site provides access to a vast set of resources, including scenarios depicting ethical dilemmas, policy information, frequently asked questions (for each action statement), training, key terms, subject matter experts, collaboration tools, and much more.”
The new version of the Code is a result of the joint effort and work by many of our people across geographies and functions. In particular, consultations were held with our country operations and management in order to best accommodate local needs and legal requirements.
One very visible aspect of the Ethics & Compliance program is our Code of Business Ethics, which all employees must read and follow, currently available in 16 languages. The Code emphasizes critical areas particular to our organization and business model while highlighting aspects of conduct that are imperative for all employees. Our Code does not incorporate or refer to all policies, but acts as a synthesis of the key policies and principles that should govern all employees' conduct. Our employees periodically certify their compliance with our Code of Business Ethics.
Please view Accenture's Code of Business Ethics in:
Chinese (Simplified) [PDF, 3.2MB]
Czech Republic [PDF, 3.0MB]
English [PDF, 634KB]
French [PDF, 3.2MB]
German [PDF, 3.0MB]
Italian [PDF, 2.9MB]
Japanese [PDF, 3.0MB]
Korean [PDF, 2.9MB]
Polish [PDF, 3.2MB]
Portuguese (Brazilian) [PDF, 2.9MB]
Portuguese (European) [PDF, 2.9MB]
Russian [PDF, 3.2MB]
Slovak [PDF, 2.6MB]
Spanish (European) [PDF, 2.9MB]
Spanish (Latin American) [PDF, 2.9MB]
Turkish [PDF, 3.1MB]
Please view Accenture's Supplier Standards of Conduct in:
Chinese (Simplified) [PDF, 314KB]
Czech Republic [PDF, 181KB]
English [PDF, 91KB]
French [PDF, 99KB]
German [PDF, 101KB]
Hungarian [PDF, 173KB]
Italian [PDF, 94KB]
Japanese [PDF, 313KB]
Korean [PDF, 189KB]
Polish [PDF, 178KB]
Portuguese [PDF, 94KB]
Russian [PDF, 214KB]
Slovak [PDF, 174KB]
Spanish [PDF, 106KB]
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