Responsible buying allows us to work within our ecosystem to identify, develop and work with smaller, more diverse suppliers with increased agility. We also request select suppliers to provide information and data on how they are improving their business performance to reduce their environmental impact, which, in turn, helps us improve our performance.
Our Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Program, which reaches 21 countries, allows us to drive a more-inclusive marketplace. By incorporating diverse businesses into our supply chain, we gain access to innovative, responsive and cost-competitive solutions for our clients.
Some of our partners includes several membership organizations, like:
"We believe inclusive procurement practices create long-term value for our clients and our communities, while helping us remain agile, disruptive and ahead of the market."
— Kai Nowosel, Chief Procurement Officer
Diverse Supplier Development Program
Accenture's Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) reflects our commitment to developing and expanding relationships with diverse businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT, veterans, disabled veterans, and service-disabled veterans, and others.
The formal 18-month program matches Accenture executive mentors with diverse supplier "protégé" companies to help them grow their businesses. In turn, our company, clients, and communities benefit from their innovative contributions. Not only does DSDP represent a strategic sourcing strategy for Accenture and our clients, but also strengthens communities by creating more businesses, jobs, and economic growth.
We continue to prioritize diverse suppliers, including through our Global Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP). We are exceeding our 2020 goal to graduate 170 diverse suppliers . Our new goal is to graduate 250 diverse suppliers by the end of fiscal 2023.
By the numbers
Small, medium and diverse suppliers developed through our DSDP.
Level 1- Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa.
We are committed to advancing sustainable procurement practices both within and outside our company. To that end, we expect our suppliers to provide updates around their environmental initiatives, goals and impact, and we encourage local and regional teams to discuss sustainable procurement during their regular supplier meetings. By engaging our suppliers on the benefits of sustainability, we are increasing the number of participants that monitor, measure and report their environmental impact.
*Key suppliers are defined as vendors that represent a significant portion of our 2019 Scope 3 emissions
of our key suppliers* disclosed targets and 60% have disclosed actions to reduce their emissions
CDP’s supply chain program
As a corporate member of CDP’s Supply Chain Program, we use CDP tools to promote engagement, transparency and sustainable business practices with our suppliers.
As part of our goal to reach net-zero by 2025, we set an ambitious target requiring 90% of our key suppliers* to disclose their environmental targets and actions being taken to reduce emissions by 2025. Scope 3 emissions are an important and often overlooked metric in addressing climate change.
In fiscal 2021, 71% of the suppliers we invited to participate responded, above the CDP average of 67%—with 58% of suppliers disclosing their targets, and 60% disclosing the actions they are taking, both metrics up from 57% in fiscal 2020.
5 reasons why you should prioritize supplier diversity
Supplier diversity is more relevant – and necessary – than ever before. It’s long been a corporate focal point, thanks to federal requirements to demonstrate inclusiveness and equal opportunity. But many companies with Supplier Diversity programs historically have treated them like “check the box” or non-essential programs, which are often deprioritized when things get though.
By making supplier diversity essential within their procurement strategy, companies can generate value in five key ways.
In 2021, Accenture won the East Meets West Category Corporates award for our continued efforts to improve the status of the LGBTQI community through Corporate Social Responsibility and a responsible supply chain.
Recognized in the market
Accenture was named Corporation of the Year by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council for our work in Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability in Canada. Learn more about CAMSC.