When applying for grad schemes, it seems almost every company in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers champions Corporate Citizenship in some shape or form – but is this really the reality? At times it’s hard to tell if what’s written on a company’s website is genuine or just a façade to please customers.
If you’ve already started researching Accenture you may have already noticed the sizable portion of its website that's dedicated to the Core Values, Corporate Citizenship and Inclusion and Diversity. As well as some of the awards they’ve picked up along the way: One of Ethisphere’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies”, No. 15 on CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens list and No. 1 in the Services sector, winner of the Social Investment Pioneer Award in the Philanthropy category... the list goes on!
These impressive credentials were a massive incentive to me when applying to Accenture – however before I joined I was still a little sceptical about how genuine these claims would turn out to be. But I needn’t have been worried; Corporate Citizenship is embedded in the culture here and is valued all the way up to executive level.
Firstly every employee is given 3 paid charity days a year to use however you like – I know people who have waded around in the Thames finding lost property, helped at homeless centres, done youth mentoring in their local community, even a group who spent a charity day weeding a grave yard (…each to their own!).
There is also Corporate Citizenship at a client level especially on some of Accenture’s big accounts, for example I’m part of the Charity team on my Telecommunications client. In this role I have helped arrange skills-sharing days for people who are out of work, and also helped to run a mock-assessment day for six-form students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Furthermore as part of the Analyst Community I have also been involved with Young Philanthropy, an employee led initiative to offer year-long pro-bono consulting service to a charity of choice.
But this is just some of what Accenture has to offer in this space – if the environment and sustainability is more up your street you can join the Environment Team, if you’re interesting in International Development causes you can volunteer for the Accenture Development Partnerships community, if you’re passionate about Inclusion and Diversity you can become an LGBT ally. The opportunities to get involved are almost endless!
The only downside is that you have to juggle any extra work you take on alongside your role – which often means you have to work a little harder, and manage your time a lot better! But if you're passionate enough, it's easily done.
So if charity and giving back is your thing – you are going to be right at home at Accenture.
(above) Volunteering for the Dallaglio Foundation with fellow Analyst blogger Amy Hunt.