We bring together experts in real estate, workplace, and technology as well as architectural, project management, and other business partners who specialize in supporting persons with different abilities to create accessible work environments that account for differences in mobility, hearing, vision, and neurodiversity. We provide global design standards to our partners that include accessibility guidelines. These enable design teams to interpret and implement a design strategy that represents Accenture’s ethos and helps improve the way we live and work.
One example of evolving accessibility in our work environments is a current initiative to establish at least one single-user, all-inclusive washroom on every floor of Accenture space where possible. The all-inclusive washrooms will be available to anyone, regardless of gender identity and expression. We’ve aligned on standard global signage and identified opportunities to build all-inclusive washrooms Accenture-wide.
Accessibility at Accenture is led by our Disability Council, which defines priorities, measures progress, offers support across the different areas of our company, and provides budget oversight for disability inclusion. Accenture’s culture centers on fostering a mindset of inclusivity where accessibility is always considered.
To support this way of thinking, Accenture assesses our hiring practices to confirm we are inclusive, starting with the recruitment process. We have deployed Abilities Unleashed, a disability inclusion leadership development program as well as a suite of online training courses around education and sensitization, Accenture policies, assistive technologies, and flexible work arrangements.
We’ve created a champion network of more than 35,000 disability inclusion champions in 49 countries to collaborate, advance initiatives, and promote allyship. Separately, we include persons with disabilities in all decision making, being mindful that many disabilities are invisible. And we engage with critical stakeholders and perform impact analysis. Periodically, we survey the needs of employees rather than make assumptions. We are passionate about enabling everyone to bring their best selves to work.
Our various Accenture team members participate actively and perform a great deal of visioning and solutioning, making sure initiatives align with the Disability Council priorities.