We work to create lasting impact by focusing on skilling for technology careers, innovating for society, helping communities in crisis and refugees, and offering meaningful volunteering, participation and innovation opportunities for our people.
Through our global Skills to Succeed initiative, we collaborate with our partners to prepare people for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. In FY22, we equipped more than 1.6 million people worldwide with the skills to make substantive improvements to their lives, including 79,065 people in the UK.
To support low-paid workers, we co-founded the FutureDotNow coalition to provide vulnerable people with essential digital skills. We’ve also developed free online learning, including the green skills programme Stay Nimble. Meanwhile our Accenture Digital Skills programme has equipped more than 208,000 people with digital skills across a range of topics including AI, digital marketing, analytics and mobile.
In 2021, we worked with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to bring together UK business, and the UK and India governments, to co-create a multi-million-dollar India COVID-19 Recovery Fund, impacting millions of people across the region. Since then we’ve expanded our partnership with the CBI, working with them to organise essential humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Along with British food manufacturers, supply chain partners, and the Ukrainian Embassy in London, we provided 540,000 food boxes to those in need. We also partnered with The Adecco Group to support Ukrainian refugees looking to start new careers.
Accenture offers a wide range of voluntary support, including pro bono consulting projects, volunteering with strategic partners and cash funding. Our UK people provided 35,732 hours of pro bono consulting in FY22 to charities, social enterprises and other welfare-to-work organisations. Elsewhere, our volunteer programme Time to Volunteer saw more than 16% of our UK headcount provide 33,564 hours of support.
Rob O’Connor is working on projects that apply technology to help communities. Read more.
A 20-year partnership with The Prince’s Trust
Accenture is committed to helping The Prince’s Trust reach its goal of transforming the lives of one million more young people by 2030. Watch now.
2. Community Impact
Collaboration is at the heart of how we deliver community impact.
We work with our clients, ecosystem partners, nonprofit partners and others to accelerate our collective progress and do more with our resources. This includes charities and social enterprises that share our drive to help young people and workers thrive in the digital and sustainable economy.
Generation UK kickstarts young people’s careers in tech
Generation UK’s Data Engineering Programme, powered by Infinity Works, provides a pathway for young people into the tech industry. Read more.
Stay Nimble helps workers navigate change
The digital career coaching platform Stay Nimble helps U.K. workers reimagine their careers and navigate a shifting labour market. Read more.
TeachFirst: A fairer society begins in the classroom
Over 100 of our current workforce have spent two years transforming the lives of young people before embarking on their career at Accenture. Read more.
3. Innovating for Society
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.
Helping young entrepreneurs succeed
Digital volunteering platform Sky’s the Limit, one of Accenture’s nonprofit partners, is on a mission to create a global community where business owners and their allies can build meaningful relationships and grow together. The programme connects people from across our organisation with budding entrepreneurs, empowering them to chase their dreams. Since launching in the UK in 2021, Sky’s the Limit has supported a number of business owners from underprivileged backgrounds, changing the landscape of entrepreneurship by promoting diversity and providing new opportunities.
Together with Resolution Foundation and Bethnal Green Ventures, Accenture is supporting start-ups that aim to solve big problems in the U.K.’s labour market. Read more.
Coordinating production of medical ventilators
Working with Rolls-Royce , as part of VentilatorChallengeUK, we helped supply medical ventilators urgently needed for the UK’s health service. Read more.
4. Accenture Development Partnerships
Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) helps our clients—including leading NGOs, private foundations, public donor agencies and the private sector—address society’s most critical challenges. Specifically, through its Inclusive Business offering, ADP collaborates with private sector clients to drive sustainable impact at scale to support their environmental, social and governance goals.
For 20 years, ADP has led diverse work fostering partnerships, collective impact and social equity to progress the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) improving lives around the world. Key focus areas include agriculture; climate and environment; energy; gender, inclusion and diversity; health and nutrition; humanitarian aid and refugees; inclusive financial services and products; and access to quality education and sustainable livelihoods. In FY22, ADP led more than 270 engagements in approximately 80 countries.
Rethinking technology to bridge the digital divide
Together with technology company Arm, ADP developed an ultra-durable tablet prototype that has the potential to support local health workers and improve the lives of millions of people in rural and disadvantaged communities.