Accenture promotes an inclusive work environment that influences how we run our business. We strive to work with others who embrace our values by growing our pool of diverse suppliers and encouraging our large suppliers to engage diverse organizations on our behalf. Our supplier inclusion and diversity efforts demonstrate our commitment to inclusive procurement practices to create long-term value for our clients and our communities. We focus on minority-, ethnic- and women-owned businesses and those owned by or that actively employ persons with disabilities, visible and otherwise; veterans with and without disabilities; refugees; people geographically remote from labor markets; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.
Our Supplier Inclusion & Diversity program includes 16 countries (by the end of fiscal 2015), engaging diverse- and small-/medium-sized businesses into our supply chain and supporting local marketplace empowerment through capacity building programs and collaborations with several global and local entrepreneurship organizations, including WEConnect International (which we co-founded and serve on its board) in 13 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and Latin America, and Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), which aims to improve the livelihood of former female waste-pickers by strengthening their business.
We believe that small, medium and diverse businesses should have equal opportunity to participate in the procurement sourcing process. This enables Accenture to increase our scope to find best-in-class suppliers who can bring us innovative and cost-competitive solutions for our supply and value chain.
We focus not only on expanding our own pool of small and diverse suppliers, but also on encouraging our large suppliers to not only leverage small and diverse suppliers on Accenture’s behalf, also to create an inclusive work environment while providing services to Accenture.
We have been able to track our diverse procurement spend most consistently in the United States, where we achieved a rate of approximately 30 percent of total procurement spend with diverse suppliers in fiscal 2016.
Learn more about our Supplier Inclusion & Diversity program in our Corporate Citizenship Report.
We believe that by providing development opportunities for small, medium and diverse businesses, we adopt smarter operations, enabling us to cast a wider net and tap a larger pool of latent talent. More inclusive and demographically representative supply chains help Accenture and our clients generate services and products that are relevant to the diverse global community we serve.