Accenture Australia and New Zealand thrives on creating a culture of inclusion and diversity. In order to become one of the world’s most innovative companies, it is crucial that our teams are filled with a wide range of perspectives and experiences.
At Accenture, we foster a community that ensures people from all backgrounds feel included. It’s widely known that employees are far more engaged in a workplace in which they are valued and included–and engaged employees are a vital factor in driving organisational innovation.
Inspiring and advancing female leaders is essential to our future success. Our local workforce is currently 32.7 per cent female and we are committed to achieving a 50/50 gender-balanced workforce by 2025.
Our gender mix is continuously improving–and recently Accenture Australia has been granted the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
The key to inclusion is for the leaders and influencers of the organisation to embrace their humanity. Leaders who treat employees with honesty, transparency and respect will encourage their employees to act in the same way, thereby creating a more inclusive workplace.
If employees know that their leaders trust and respect them, then they will be more likely to bring their “whole self” to work, making it easier for them to engage with all other members of the team.
We have various programs dedicated to drive workplace inclusion and diversity, which provide support for our women, LGBTI community, parents and carers, mental health ally community, culturally diverse population, and people with disabilities.
We hope that one day soon people of all backgrounds moving into the workforce seek out Accenture because of our drive to continue to build an inclusive and diverse culture. That’s what we need to be striving for. There is always work to be done and improvements which can be made, but by continuing our efforts, we will create a culture where everyone can truly feel they belong.
Diversity is much more than embracing various visible attributes like gender, age, culture. It’s about different ways of communicating, new thinking, new ways of problem solving and opening up the pathways to innovation and growth.
Our culture of inclusion and diversity is fostered by our Australian and New Zealand employee resource groups–vibrant networks that enable our people to connect, grow their skills, celebrate their unique contributions and give back to the communities where they live and work. We have several employee resource groups across the business including:
PrideatAccenture (LGBTI Network and Allies)
Persons with Disabilities
Mental Health Ally Network
Cross-culture and Indigenous
We recognise and celebrate our differences with events throughout the year. From observing internationally-recognised days, such as International Women’s Day, UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, RUOK Day and Mental Health month, our people come together with our clients and our communities to learn from each other, promote understanding and be inspired.
Training is one of the most effective ways we can make inclusion and diversity part of our culture. Accenture offers a variety of assets designed to educate, promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace and prepare our people to deliver high performance through a diverse workforce.
The three themes that guide Accenture's inclusion and diversity education program are:
Educate, retain and inspire our people,
Develop our diverse workforce, and
Enable our people to foster an inclusive environment.