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Good Return - Happytap

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Skills to Succeed Academy

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Many Rivers – mentoring program

Many Rivers – mentoring program

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OzHarvest – Cooking for a Cause

OzHarvest – Cooking for a Cause

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Good Return Whitepaper Workshop

Good Return Whitepaper Workshop

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The Smith Family – Interview Skills

The Smith Family – Interview Skills

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Many Rivers Technology Solutions

Many Rivers Technology Solutions

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Dress for Success Charity Champions

Dress for Success Charity Champions

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OzHarvest: Supermarket Set-up

OzHarvest: Supermarket Set-up

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FareShare: Meal Preparation

FareShare: Meal Preparation

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Mobile Muster

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World Environment Day

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Tech Girls Are Superheroes

Tech Girls Are Superheroes

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Corporate Citizenship

Tapping into global goodwill with Happytap

Tapping into global goodwill with Happytap

Financial inequality is one of the world’s most pressing societal problems. That’s why a cross-continental, collaborative Accenture team came together with a simple yet challenging ambition: to change philanthropic behaviour by offering a positive alternative to disposable spending.

How? Our team brought their user experience design and mobility excellence to non-profit organisation, Good Return. Using a human-centred design approach, they opened Good Return’s eyes to new and innovative ways of engaging donors. By starting with a simple question, “what could you give up for a good cause?”, they realised we could all give more then we currently do. We just need a simple means of doing so – and something to trigger our giving.

The result was Happytap. This is a mobile app which acts like a digital piggy bank. It intercepts moments of impulsive spending, asking the user to forego non-essential purchases and instead lend the money to women in need in the Asia Pacific region. The money will go towards a small loan to start or grow a microenterprise, and support for family and community. The loan is used for a wide range of commercial and household purposes, facilitated by Good Return (our microfinance partner). Our ambition is now to expand it to a wider audience and a larger number of investment regions – and tap into global goodwill for a good cause.

Watch this short video to hear Happytap co-creators Brett Thompson and Hanne Trafnik talk about why they created Happytap and how it works.

“It was so rewarding and rare to have the opportunity to work on a project like Happytap, a project that aims to change people’s philanthropic behaviour by offering a positive alternative to disposable spending. To start with a problem - financial inequality - and be given the capacity to find a meaningful solution - that enables lending to someone who would normally be without access or eligible for formal financial support - is a great utilisation of Accenture’s resources and evidence of the impact we can make in the community”

Brett Thompson, Digital Marketing
Associate Manager, Accenture


Corporate Citizenship

Skills to SucceedSkills to start a new life

Skills to Succeed

Youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing Australia today, with almost one-third of young Australians unemployed or underemployed. At Accenture, we realised that our learning and technology expertise put us in a unique position to help with this problem.

How? In 2016, we launched the Skills to Succeed Academy, a free, highly interactive online training program that helps disadvantaged young people between the ages 15 and 24 develop the key employability skills they need to find work. The character-based program engages young people by using the latest multi-media and interactive techniques, including gaming, role-based simulations and videos. Advice from employers, job advisors and other successful young people consolidate the interactive components, ensuring a comprehensive training.

The Academy has already helped more than 50,000 young people in the UK – and we’ve established a foundation to make a similar impact in Australia. To reach the young Australians who are most in need, we’ve teamed up with youth employment support programs run by major Australian non-profits. Since November 2016, over 20 of them have incorporated the Skills to Succeed Academy into an existing training program or as standalone program, ensuring hundreds more young people have the skills required to enter the modern workplace.

“The Skills to Succeed Academy is supporting young people to realise their potential with relevant employability skills and confidence. It’s an incredible moment to hear about a young jobseeker finding work, especially after months, or even years, of unemployment. Accenture believes in improving the way the world works and lives and is having an impact, which is great to see.”

Fiona Madigan, Manager
Corporate Citizenship, Accenture


Corporate Citizenship / Stories of Empowerment

Many Rivers – mentoring programTurning good ideas into great businesses

Many Rivers – mentoring program

Having a great idea for a business is one thing. But finding the knowledge, resources and support to turn that idea into a reality is a much bigger challenge. We believe in the rejuvenating effect that thriving businesses can have on our society and communities. And our people have the expertise to help ensure that small business owners have the skills they need to be successful. That’s why we’ve partnered with Many Rivers on their Mentor Program, which supports small business owners to start and expand their enterprises.

To show our commitment to the program, the Accenture Australia foundation is providing multi-year funding to set up and run a mentoring program. Our people have been working as mentors for the scheme, sharing their considerable business experience and expertise with participants. With the assistance and knowledge of our mentors, small business owners across Australia will continue to realise their dreams of owning their own, self-reliant businesses.

“Through the mentoring program, over the past year I’ve had the privilege of mentoring two clients to support their journey towards self-reliance as they build a small business.”

Jérémy Dupuit
Senior Manager
Accenture

“Tex has bravely turned a passion into his business. As he looks to make the business financially secure, I’ve worked with Tex to help develop growth plans as well as to strengthen existing processes…I’ve loved the experience and learnt a lot from Tex.”

Andrew Sethumadavan
Senior Manager
Accenture


Environment / Stories of Empowerment

OzHarvest: Cooking for a CauseGetting our hands dirty with OzHarvest

Skills to Succeed

Accenture may be known for its strategic approach to social innovation, but that doesn’t mean our people are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get hands-on to provide practical help. In June, our Leadership Team volunteered for the Cooking for a Cause program at non-profit OzHarvest. Working with professional chefs, our team got involved cooking healthy meals for vulnerable people in and around Sydney.

This, however, is not a one-off: throughout the year, hundreds of our people have volunteered with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, which feeds vulnerable people across the country with quality surplus food that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Volunteers from Accenture have taken up a variety of volunteer roles. For example, some of our people have volunteered as OzHarvest van assistants, getting hands-on in the field by helping with the daily run of food pick-ups from donors and deliveries to recipient charities, seeing first-hand the impact of food rescue operations.

“Volunteering at OzHarvest reminded me that some people in our community have hard daily lives and I’m very privileged and lucky to have the life I do. It also reminded me that we all have to give back. Just think of the impact if we all made use of every Accenture volunteering day available to us – this has to be a priority for all of us”

Peter Vakkas
Managing Director Technology
Accenture


Skills to Succeed / Stories of Empowerment

Good Return Whitepaper Workshop Microfinance for macro goals: eradicating extreme poverty

Good Return Whitepaper Workshop

We‘re always looking to support innovative ways to combat inequality. That’s why we have partnered with Good Return, an initiative run by World Education Australia. They envisage a world without poverty, where people have access to resources and opportunities to improve their own lives. They are working towards this vision through responsible microfinance and skills development, where they enable people living in poverty to grow their incomes and change their lives sustainably.

Good Return’s team is small, but their mission is big: an end to extreme poverty by 2030. To help achieve this, we’ve teamed up with them to help make their vision a reality: the Good Return White Paper workshops held in Sydney and Melbourne in August saw a total of 39 of our people provide strategic guidance and advice to Good Return, to help in their efforts to eradicate poverty and inequality. Our team offered their insight into the possibilities for offering social investment options through the Good Return peer-to-peer funding website, as well as other digital channels. The workshops allowed our people to exchange vital information and innovative ideas with the team from Good Return and to use their skills to assist people out of poverty.

“The opportunity to share our plans for the future, bounce off ideas and engage in meaningful discussion with highly skilled, experienced and passionate people at Accenture was invaluable. The ideas that the teams came up with were excellent and we look forward to exploring them further as we progress our work in the Pacific. …Ultimately being able to work together, to combine our knowledge, skills and expertise, is making a difference in the lives of people living in poverty. Providing them access to resources and opportunities to improve their lives – for good. We look forward to continuing to work with Accenture now and into the future.”

Helena Hurley
Corporate Partnerships Manager
Good Return


Skills to Succeed / Stories of Empowerment

The Smith Family - Interview Skills workshops for the CadetsTalking their way into a job: interview skills with The Smith Family

The Smith Family - Interview Skills workshops for the Cadets

Everyone deserves the best possible start in life and at the heart of our core values is a commitment to stewardship. Poverty is still a major problem in Australia, affecting one in seven children. The Smith Family is a national children’s charity working to combat the impact of poverty on children in Australia. As part of our commitment to make the world a better place for future generations, we collaborated with The Smith Family to help disadvantaged young people break out of the cycle of poverty.

We did this by sharing our practical knowledge and expertise with The Smith Family students through a series of Interview Skills training workshops. The workshops took place in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for 34 university students who through a scholarship from The Smith Family, are getting the educational support they need to successfully complete their tertiary studies, and pursue their career goals. 20 Accenture volunteers provided the students with knowledge, guidance and mock interview practice for their internship interviews the following week. After the workshop, students said they had new confidence and skills to impress their prospective employers. One potential employer even emailed The Smith Family to praise their students, “We would just like to thank you for the fantastic opportunity to interview cadets today – they were both extremely prepared, insightful and all-round great candidates.”

“It was very rewarding to be able to provide tips and insights to young people who were so enthusiastic and full of promise. They were a very engaged and receptive group of young people. I feel more secure for our future now.”

Alec Fry
Identity and Security Consulting Manager
Accenture.


Skills to Succeed

Many Rivers – technology solutionsEnabling Many Rivers to keep the support flowing

Many Rivers – technology solutions

We know the enormous role that technology can play in improving the world. The technology revolution is transforming our world and is occurring at an unprecedented speed. For non-profits like Many Rivers — an organisation that supports aspiring business owners with micro-enterprise development support and access to finance — keeping up to date with new technologies might be the key to continuing and enhancing the positive impact they have on Australian society. To help Many Rivers continue their important and transformative work, a joint Accenture & Avanade team are providing their expertise to address a key issue that Many Rivers were facing: their current systems were outdated and due for decommission.

The Accenture & Avanade team are working to ensure that Many Rivers is best placed to flourish in the coming years, saving them money, making them more independent and increasing their potential to provide vital assistance to hundreds of small businesses across Australia. As part of the solutions created by the team, Many Rivers will obtain control over their own cloud-based systems. This will allow them to adjust systems to best suit the changing demands of their business. With the new interface, Many Rivers will be able to spend more time interacting with clients and businesses, ensuring they continue their inspiring work of helping people and communities across Australia.

“Working on the Many Rivers project is inspiring, helping a company that in FY17 was instrumental in creating almost 350 businesses Australia. The Many Rivers’ team makes an amazing difference to families and communities; whether it’s turning a hobby into a profit-making business or working with someone who has an idea for a company that will one day become a cornerstone of the community.”

Ben Giles
Technology Consulting Manager
Accenture


Skills to Succeed / Stories of Empowerment

Dress for success Charity Champions and Partnership in SydneyLooking the part: giving women the tools to succeed

Dress for success Charity Champions and Partnership in Sydney

Sometimes, first impressions do really count. For women seeking to break into the world of work, looking and acting the part can be a real confidence booster along with having the skills to succeed. And that’s the philosophy behind Dress for Success. Our partnership with Dress for Success is helping to ensure that women in Australia have the skills and resources to thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success aims to help women break from the cycle of poverty and achieve economic independence. Accenture’s partnership with the non-profit began in 2011, when it helped launch its Career Support Program, which provides women with the opportunity to attend employability skills workshops and receive career development guidance. The partnership has strengthened since, with the Career Support Program now established at Dress for Success affiliates across Australia.

Our people have volunteered their time and skills to support the goals of Dress for Success, delivering skill-building workshops, assisting at fundraising events and even donating work appropriate clothing. Together, Dress for Success and Accenture are helping women in need can take control of their lives.

“I was excited to take the role of the Sydney Lead for Dress for Success, I knew we would be having an impact into the lives of many wanting to start afresh for a variety of reasons. But when I first walked into the showroom it made it real. These are people wanting to make genuine changes in their lives and we are playing a part in enabling this by donating clothes, accessories for the showroom, as well as providing training to help their clients develop key skills.”

Leisa Trestour
Senior Manager


Environment / Stories of Empowerment

OzHarvest Supermarket: minimal waste for maximum good

OzHarvest Supermarket: minimal waste for maximum good

We have all been guilty of wasting food. But what if there was a way of making sure your non-perishable food waste could be put to good use? Now there is. In March, a small team from Accenture Sydney volunteered with OzHarvest, helping to set-up Australia's first ever free supermarket, The OzHarvest Market.

The premise is simple. People often throw away food that is still usable, so why not give this food to those who need it? The OzHarvest Market is a rescued food supermarket, stocked with produce that has either been donated or would otherwise go to waste. Its purpose is to make rescued food available to everyone, especially those who need it most, free of charge and on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ philosophy.

The team began the day by clearing out an old, run-down restaurant in the Kensington suburb of Sydney, re-using materials to make shelves and storage and stocking them with rescued food. They also wrote guides for customers and staff on how the supermarket works, to ensure every visitor will understand its mission.

In turn, the OzHarvest team taught the volunteers from Accenture a great deal about their aim to address food security and education. The group left the day grateful for the lessons they had learnt and more aware of the problems of food waste. With the OzHarvest Market now fully operational, Accenture people continue to volunteer their time to help with the daily stocking and packing of food for those who need it the most.

“A fantastic day for an amazing cause. It was great to learn and observe the innovative strategies driving the OzHarvest initiatives and it was amazing to be part of the team bringing Australia’s first ever free Supermarket to life”

Belle Tomasetti
Analyst
Accenture


Environment / Stories of Empowerment

FareShare Kitchen: Meal PreparationWaste not, want not: cooking with FareShare

FareShare Kitchen: Meal Preparation

The simplest ideas can sometimes have the biggest impact. The non-profit FareShare want to fight hunger and tackle food waste. The latter provides a solution to the former: FareShare recycles food waste to make meals for those most in need.

For several years, Accenture’s been supporting FareShare in Melbourne by providing teams of people to cook healthy meals in their kitchen. In doing so, this contributes towards our own commitment towards improving the environment. Every day, FareShare cooks up to 5,000 free nutritious meals for charity by using quality food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses that would otherwise be wasted and end up in landfill. They then distribute this food to Victorian charities.

Recently a team from Accenture volunteered with FareShare, giving them the chance to contribute to the community while fostering their teamwork skills. For many of the volunteers, it was their first time in a commercial kitchen. Yet this hardly hindered their productivity. Working with the FareShare staff, the team from Accenture cooked 1800 Quiches, chopped 1500 carrots, diced 500 tomatoes, shredded 100 loaves of bread for breadcrumbs, feeding 2000 people, all of which were than distributed to food charities around Victoria.

This exercise was not a one-off: every year hundreds of Accenture people band together to volunteer at FareShare, and do their bit to eradicate hunger.

“Volunteering at FareShare was extremely rewarding. We were amazed by the quality and quantity of ingredients provided and how quickly they were made into meals to distribute to the charities. Our session was even more enjoyable thanks to the FareShare staff. There was a really positive energy in the group.”

Kasun Jayatissa, Manager
Communications, Media and Technology
Accenture


Environment

Mobile MusterReplacing tech without waste

Mobile Muster

Rapid advances in technology are helping businesses expand and become more efficient. But they also create a problem: with the latest digital developments, electronic equipment quickly becomes obsolete. Businesses have an obligation to dispose of their electronic waste (e-waste) responsibly, and at Accenture we take our environmental stewardship very seriously. Globally, more than 99 percent of our end-of-life equipment were disposed of by methods avoiding landfill, primarily through supplier reclamation and responsible disposal vendors.

To ensure that we continue our strong track record of responsible e-waste disposal, we’ll continue to encourage recycling in the workplace. It’s with this in mind that we support an initiative being pioneered by the Australian mobile phone industry. Our employees can recycle their unwanted personal mobile phones and accessories through the free mobile phone recycling program MobileMuster. This program is the Australian mobile phone industry’s way of ensuring mobile phone products avoid landfill and are instead recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.

“The environment is important now and for future generations. Anything we can do today, however small, may have a big impact in years to come. The Mobile Muster initiative is a great place to start your environmental action. Disposing of your old mobile device in an environmentally friendly way ensures no contaminants end up in our landfills or waterways.”

Nick Hawkings
Specialist and Environment Lead
Accenture


Environment / Stories of Empowerment

World Environment DayCelebrating our wonders of the world - including marine turtles!

World Environment Day

Without a healthy environment, we cannot end poverty or build prosperity. We are committed to safeguarding the environment. This is why the UN’s World Environment Day (WED) is so important to us. Taking place on 5 June every year, WED encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

In 2017, we supported WED and its theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ by providing our people with ways to explore their local environment and take part in an environment volunteering activity. Our Melbourne office foyer was turned into a small forest with several trees, reminding our people about the importance of immersing ourselves in nature!

In 2016, the WED theme ‘Go Wild for Life’ encouraged us to acknowledge and celebrate all those species that are under threat and to act to help safeguard them for future generations.

Every year, in all our offices around the world, Accenture acknowledges WED to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship. In Australia and New Zealand, our people shared their experiences and stories to raise awareness of endangered species, using internal social media channels, discussing issues at morning teas in Sydney and Perth offices and by featuring on posters displayed around our office locations. For Rebecca Appleton, Senior Analyst, Accenture, the day presented the opportunity to educate her colleagues on one of her main interests: “For WED I was able to share my passion for marine turtles and raise awareness about the dangers they face due to human activity. I chose to focus on turtles because 6 of the 7 species can be found in Australian waters and they are all listed as either vulnerable or endangered, but we can all take steps to help them survive.”

The messages that emerged from WED were clear. Climate change and environmental sustainability present challenges, but also opportunities for us and our stakeholders. To ensure that these challenges are confronted and opportunities taken, we have committed to incorporating leading environmental practices into our business strategy and operations and to fostering environmental awareness and responsibility among our employees, clients and suppliers.

“For WED I was able to share my passion for marine turtles and raise awareness about the dangers they face from human activity. I focused on turtles because 6 of the 7 species are found in Australia. They’re all listed as vulnerable or endangered, but we can take steps to help them survive.”

Rebecca Appleton
Senior Analyst
Accenture


Stories of Empowerment

Tech Girls Are SuperheroesYes, they can! Getting more girls into tech

Tech Girls Are Superheroes

Women face many barriers to pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Tech Girls Are Superheroes is a non-profit organisation working to encourage more young women into STEM. As part of our own commitment to female empowerment in the workplace, we have partnered with the Tech Girls to prepare the next generation of talented women to use technology to change the world.. Taking place on 5 June every year, WED encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

As part of our collaboration with Tech Girls, Accenture people have been mentoring teams of girls to build their confidence with technology, learn entrepreneurial skills and make a difference in their communities. Tech Girls invite teams of girls from schools across Australia and New Zealand to solve real-world problems through technology. The young women work with their Accenture mentors to identify the challenge they want to solve, conduct market research, write a business plan, code and test their app and create pitch videos to sell their idea.

We have pledged to having a 50 per cent female workforce by 2025. By working with the Tech Girls -, Accenture demonstrates its commitment to encouraging women to pursue higher education and careers in STEM.