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INCLUSION & DIVERSITY


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Supplier Inclusion & Diversity

OVERVIEW

Accenture promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment, and we strive to partner with businesses that embrace these values as well. 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.

Our Global Supplier Inclusion & Diversity program, which reaches 17 countries, allows us to drive a more inclusive and empowered marketplace. By incorporating diverse businesses into our supply chain, we gain access to innovative, responsive and cost-competitive supply solutions for our clients.

At the same time, we help Accenture’s suppliers grow their representation and influence their own markets. For instance, we connect women entrepreneurs with WEConnect International, which empowers women to succeed in global markets by providing training and certification opportunities. We co-founded and have representation on its Board, and Accenture now collaborates with WEConnect International on programs in 13 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

We are also proud to work with organizations such as:

We believe that small, medium and diverse businesses should have equal opportunity to participate in the procurement sourcing process. This approach 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 leverage small and diverse suppliers on Accenture’s behalf, creating 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 more than 27 percent of total procurement spend with diverse suppliers in fiscal 2017.

Learn more about our Supplier Inclusion & Diversity program in our Corporate Citizenship Report.

"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 ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, veterans and other entrepreneurs. DSDP represents a strategic sourcing strategy for Accenture and our clients.

The formal, 12- to 18-month program matches senior Accenture executive "mentors" with diverse supplier “protégé” companies to help them grow their own businesses. In turn, we, our clients and our communities benefit from their innovative contributions.

We launched DSDP in the United States in 2006. Through the years, we have expanded the program’s geographic footprint as well as the composition of our protégé classes. For example, classes include protégés from LGBT-owned businesses as well as those owned by veterans, with and without disabilities.

As of fiscal 2017, 133 diverse suppliers had graduated or were in the process of completing the program—23 in Canada, and 24 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and 86 in the United States.

Our goal is to graduate 170 diverse suppliers by fiscal 2020, and we have plans to graduate multiple classes in Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States in fiscal 2018.

Questions?

Contact us at supplier.inclusion@accenture.com.

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Graduate,
Diverse Supplier Development Program

"Accenture's program helped shape our development strategy, which prepared us for sensible growth. During our tenure, we formed strategic partnerships with Accenture consultants and fellow class members. Today, those relationships continue to generate revenue providing both tier one and tier two opportunities for our company."

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