One of Accenture’s highest priorities—as a talent-led organization—is attracting, developing and inspiring the very best people in our industry. Each of our five businesses has a unique talent strategy focused on the highly specialized and differentiated skills needed to serve our clients. In fiscal 2016, we invested $941 million in training and professional development for our people, using digital learning technologies to help deepen skills and drive innovation.
We also pioneered Performance Achievement, our new approach to performance management, which is enabling us to better understand our people’s skills and aspirations, and provide real-time feedback to accelerate their career development. By moving from annual performance reviews to a digitally enabled process featuring ongoing, forward-looking conversations, we are empowering and inspiring our people to succeed professionally as well as personally.
We were very pleased to be recognized once again as one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For," as well as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute. And we were proud that our work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to deliver a biometric identity management system earned us a place on FORTUNE’s “Change the World” list of the 50 best companies putting purpose at the center of their business strategies.
We are committed to making a difference in the communities where we work and live—from closing employment gaps, to advancing client sustainability, to accelerating gender equality in the workforce.
Through Skills to Succeed, Accenture and our partners have now equipped more than 1.2 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business since 2010. We are increasingly leveraging technology and digital solutions to scale our impact as we strive to meet our goal of equipping more than 3 million people with workplace or entrepreneurial skills by 2020.
We also remain focused on reducing our environmental impact and have made further progress toward our goal of decreasing our per-employee carbon emissions by more than 50 percent by 2020 from our 2007 baseline. We are using collaborative technologies to connect our people and clients while reducing travel.
Accenture’s commitment to diversity, which starts at the top, makes us stronger, smarter and more innovative. We offer an inclusive environment regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. Our more than 145,000 women make up more than one-third of our global workforce, and we were very pleased to surpass our goal of reaching 40 percent women new hires by 2017.
In closing, I want to thank all Accenture people around the world for their continued hard work and dedication to our clients and our business, which enabled us to deliver another excellent year. We have strong, ongoing momentum in our business and are very well-positioned in the marketplace. With the highly differentiated capabilities we are building, our continued rotation to “the New” and our disciplined management of the business, I am very confident in our ability to continue gaining market share and driving sustainable, profitable growth.