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I feel truly fortunate to work for Accenture, a company that lives its values and whose culture reflects the central importance and value of diversity to business, to communities and to individuals. I'm proud that Accenture continues to be recognized for having inclusion and diversity intrinsic to what it is as a company. - Richard Clark, Corporate Controller
At Accenture, we adhere to strict non-discrimination and meritocracy policies and provide a clear, open line of communication between employeesand management. Recognizing thatindividual countries may have unique lawsaffecting the LGBT community, we workto ensure that our global policies andpractices have their intended effect in allthe geographies in which we operate.
To increase the engagement of our LGBT employees in local communitiesand geographies we sponsor a globalLGBT Network and offer a supportcommunity for transgender employees. We also run an LGBT Ally Programwhere employees outside of the LGBTcommunity act as catalysts for inclusionand raising awareness for LGBT equality.
Accenture is proud to be a corporateleader in supporting our LGBT employeesand the broader LGBT community.
On a global basis, we focus on:
"Globally, our 'out' LGBT senior executives demonstrate that you can be successful, out and proud at Accenture. Being actively involved in Accenture's LGBT program, I am proud of the energy and vibrancy of the Accenture LGBT community and the support that it provides to our people." - Matthew Coates, Senior Executive, Global LGBT Network Sponsor
"I am very happy that Accenture the Netherlands acknowledges that, although we come from a very liberal country where LGBT is "not an issue" anymore, we still need an LGBT network. With it, we can give guidance to LGBT people who don't feel comfortable and help those in other geographies achieve the same opportunities we have here." - Peter Zerp, Amsterdam
Accenture's Global LGBT Network brings our LGBT community and allies together for networking, mentoring and information sharing, providing a vibrant force to our culture of high performance. Working closely with our Inclusion & Diversity teams, the Network has been instrumental in helping to craft inclusive recruitment and retention policies and adopt guidelines that make Accenture one of the most inclusive and progressive companies in the world for LGBT people.
The LGBT Network was originally established to help Accenture leadership understand LGBT-related inclusion and diversity topics, address them openly in the workplace and encourage all employees to confront issues that may challenge our policies of inclusion and diversity. Today, our LGBT Network groups are active at the local level across many of the geographies in which Accenture operates. They work to help raise awareness of — and prevent — sexual orientation or gender identity and expression discrimination at Accenture, as well as identify how our policies may affect same-sex couples around the world. They organize programs and events, such as attendance at pride events, mentoring, client networking events, community sponsorships, webcasts, recruiting activities and much more. They also are responsible for liaising with other local LGBT organizations and groups contributing to Accenture's role in the wider professional work arena. The Network's activities consistently support the goal of building confident individuals and creating a visibly supportive environment for LGBT employees.
Accenture launched its LGBT Ally Program where employees outside of the LGBT community act as catalysts for inclusion and raise awareness for LGBT equality.
The LGBT Network is open to all employees. In the last year alone, thousands of Accenture employees signed up as allies and joined the Network, taking equal responsibility for helping make our working environment inclusive of LGBT employees. The Network's essential contribution to Accenture helps ensure sure that:
"My involvement in the LGBT Networking Group is a big reason for staying with Accenture. Being part of the group has helped me to further develop my leadership skills and has made a huge difference in my personal and professional life." - Joanne McMorrow, Boston
"In my 25 years as an IT professional, Accenture is my first employer who has actively and aggressively sought to transform their policy of inclusion and diversity into reality in the workplace. Being a part of the LGBT Network has given me the confidence to openly discuss being transgender with my co-workers and the desire to reinvest that confidence by helping other transgender employees realize their full potential." - Denise Norris, New York
Accenture attracts, retains and advancesLGBT employees as part of our diversepopulation. Our active LGBT Networkemployees together with our recruitingteams work to ensure that we havean inclusive recruitment process. We also participate in diversity recruitingevents, such as LGBT-specific job fairs in various locations. For example, since its launch in 2010, we have participatedin the MILK Diversity Congress andCareer Fair, Germany's leading diversitycongress and first career fair focusingon LGBT. Since 2007, we have been a sponsor of Canada's Out on Bay Street, which provides a forum for LGBT studentsat all stages of their academic careersto learn about career opportunitiesavailable to them in the professional andfinancial services sectors in that country. Additionally, we have promoted Accentureto LGBT students in London at the CASSBusiness School, giving them insight on what it is like to be "out" at work. At Accenture, LGBT employees can growprofessionally in an environment wheretop performance is recognized and drivesboth satisfaction and success. We inviteour high-potential LGBT executives to attend professional development trainingsessions. Launched in May 2011, thetraining, which is based on Stonewall's successful Leadership Development Program, aims to develop the ability ofparticipants to operate as visible LGBTrole models who have a positive impact on inclusion and diversity at Accenture.
In 2002, Accenture formalized theSupplier Diversity Program in theUnited States to develop and expand relationships with diverse businesses, creating opportunities for theseenterprises to grow their businesseswhile strengthening our supply chain.Reinforcing our commitment to the LGBT community, we provide support andmentoring to LGBT-owned businessesthat participate in the program. Wealso routinely assess our key suppliers to ensure they support and promoteLGBT equality in their own companies. Today, we are replicating the success of the US Supplier Diversity Programacross other geographies, invitingLGBT-owned businesses to participatein procurement opportunities andproviding them with mentoring and access to business knowledge andskills through our LGBT Network.
"Accenture India is taking steps toward commitment to diversity in the LGBT area and has taken the lead among Indian employers. My participation in the San Antonio LGBT network was the start of my personal experience, which helps me contribute toward establishing the network in India. I am grateful for being involved." - Venkatraghavan Chittambakkam, Chennai
Our commitment to inclusion and diversity and to the LGBT community has been recognized by a variety of organizations, including:
Our Accenture leaders are recognized, too. Examples include:
"It is in being accepted and respected for who I am that I draw my inspiration and passion and am able to achieve my personal aspirations and contribute to the overall goals of the organization. Being part of the LGBT group in the Philippines Delivery Center has fuelled my drive to be the best person and leader that I can be. It is through this organization that I realized that sexual orientation is never a hindrance to prospering and succeeding. - Roberto Sy, Manila" - Roberto Sy, Manila
Inclusiveness will always be at the core of everything we do at Accenture. As rights for LGBT people and same-sex couples expand globally, our ability as a global company to be proactive and address gaps will continue to set us apart in the workplace. Guided by our visionary leadership, we continue to seek opportunities to extend our policies of inclusion and diversity. We measure and monitor the level of satisfaction of our LGBT employees where permitted and constantly ensure that the right programs are in place to support a workplace of equality. It is through our diverse and deeply skilled talent pool that Accenture's quest for high performance— and the ability to help our clients achieve high performance—is possible.
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