Our purpose is to deliver value to all our stakeholders—and includes being a responsible business in how we serve our clients, creating value in our communities and for our people, and driving strong shareholder returns.
Our people and our culture are, and will continue to be, our biggest competitive advantage. We strive to be a magnet for the best people, who understand how helping our clients succeed has an impact on the millions they employ and the communities where we all work and live.
Our unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity enables us to recruit and retain the most talented people in our markets. It creates an environment that unleashes innovation and allows our people to perform at their very best, and underpins a culture in which everyone feels they have an equal opportunity to belong and build a career.
I am extremely pleased that for the second year in a row, we have been ranked No. 1 on Refinitiv’s Diversity & Inclusion Index, which was previously produced by Thomson Reuters. I am also proud that we achieved another milestone on our path to gender equality by 2025. With nearly half a million people around the world, and as a technology powerhouse, we are now 44 percent women.
We continue to build the best possible leadership team. During fiscal 2019, we promoted 700 new managing directors and hired more than 400 from outside Accenture, adding highly specialized skills, industry expertise and fresh perspectives.
To stay on top of technology trends and remain relevant to our clients’ needs, we invested $973 million in learning and professional development in fiscal 2019, applying our continuous learning approach and focusing on emerging technologies, Agile development and intelligent platforms.
Through Skills to Succeed, we have joined with our external network of strategic partners to equip more than 2.8 million people to date around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business in the digital age.
Whether at work or in our communities, we believe our conduct counts. We strive to lead in critical areas and recently announced our commitment to using 100 percent renewable energy across our global operations by 2023. We were also very pleased to be ranked No. 1 on Barron’s new list of the Most Sustainable International Companies.
At Accenture, one of our greatest strengths is that we are always striving to be better. We know our clients need us to continue developing new solutions and helping them navigate the complex world in which we work and live. I am confident we will continue raising the bar, redefining what is possible and leading by example.
I want to thank David Rowland and our entire Global Management Committee, which came together under David’s inspiring leadership as interim CEO to ensure that we delivered on our commitments for fiscal 2019. This was the ultimate way to honor Pierre Nanterme, who passed away in January, for his incredible contributions over eight years as Accenture’s CEO.
In closing, I thank all Accenture people around the world for their dedication and commitment to our clients and our business. Based on our fiscal 2019 performance, the momentum in the business and our continued discipline in executing our growth strategy, I am very confident in our ability to continue creating value for all our stakeholders.