Innovation and rapid change benefit business in extraordinary ways, but they also shine a light on our responsibility to ensure that technology doesn’t leave people behind. For us, creating value also means helping communities prepare for the future.

We are especially committed to helping those from disadvantaged and under-represented communities. In 2015 we set a goal to equip three million people globally by 2020 with the skills to get a job or build a business, opening doors to employment and economic opportunity. By 2020, we had surpassed that target, reaching 4.6 million people.

Movement to Work, which we helped co-found in 2013 with fellow FTSE100 employers, is another initiative that enables people to make the first step into technology careers by offering placements that combine employability skills training with on-the-job experience. We surpassed our founding target of helping 100,000 young people by 28,000.

In addition to closing skills gaps and helping build the workforce of the future, we also look for ways to harness technology to create a positive social impact and transform society at scale through our Accenture Development Partnerships.

"We need to ensure the communities where we live and work aren’t left behind."

— CAMILLA DREJER, Managing Director – Citizenship, Sustainability and Responsible Business, U.K. and Ireland

Accenture offers a range of support to drive positive social change, including pro bono consulting projects, volunteering with strategic partners and cash funding. Our strategic partners include charities, social enterprises and other welfare-to-work organisations that share our commitment to helping young people and workers thrive in the digital economy.

Our investment in communities ranges from helping create digital transformation within charities and social enterprises, to funding new ventures to create technology solutions to support low paid workers access better work, and to co-founding the FutureDotNow coalition to ensure vulnerable people can develop digital skills for work and life.

Our U.K. people provided more than 38,000 hours of pro bono consulting last year to charities, social enterprises and other welfare-to-work organisations. In addition, our employer-supported volunteer U.K. programme, Time to Volunteer, gives each of our people three days of paid time to volunteer every year, and a wide variety of causes with which to volunteer. At the start of the pandemic we worked closely with our community partners to shift the whole programme to a virtual setting–from giving virtual career talks to school students studying at home, to supporting charities to move their operations online. Since the start of the pandemic, nearly a quarter of our U.K. employees volunteered through Time to Volunteer, contributing over 46,000 hours of support.

We need to ensure the communities where we live and work aren’t left behind.

CAMILLA DREJER, Managing Director, — Citizenship, Sustainability and Responsible Business, U.K. and Ireland

1. Skills to succeed

Our Skills to Succeed initiative reflects our end-to-end commitment to the global workforce.

  • Workforce of today: Experienced workers learning new skills
  • First jobs and apprenticeships: Individuals preparing for a first job or business venture
  • Next generation: Young students getting the skills they need to prepare for a digital future

The aim is to help today’s workforce adapt to a fast-changing jobs landscape and prepare the future workforce we will need.

85K

learned skills through the U.K. Skills to Succeed Academy since 2013

179.5K

learned skills through the Accenture Digital Skills Programme to date

34.8K

Pro bono consulting hours in one year

Expanding Movement to Work’s mission

The fallout from COVID-19 means businesses have a responsibility to step up, says Olly Benzecry, Accenture’s Chair of Movement to Work.

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2. Building a fairer society

We work with inspiring strategic partners who are committed to transforming communities through empowering individuals, with the ultimate aim of building a fairer society.

We work with charities and social enterprises that share our drive to help young people and workers thrive in the digital economy.

3. Social innovation

Every day, our people turn technology into innovations to transform society at scale.

Using emerging technologies, we can open a new world of opportunity for positive social impact, from gender equality and climate action to economic mobility and education.

Reboot: Delivering technology to those who need it most

Accenture, Nominet and others created a platform to mobilise grassroots groups to support the digitally excluded by delivering devices to those who need them most. And we donated 964 devices too!

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4. Accenture Development Partnerships

Accenture’s way of working encourages and challenges us to confront big problems. Accenture Development Partnerships does that head-on, allowing our people to use their skills to improve millions of lives in the developing world.

Together with our clients, NGOs, foundations and government financial institutions, our people work to bring us closer to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Since launching in 2003, Accenture has completed more than 1,900 projects in 97 countries across areas such as health, gender, education, financial inclusion, humanitarian response, agriculture, water and energy access.

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