Inclusion & diversity in Ireland

We put inclusion & diversity at the heart of the way we work with our people, clients and communities in Ireland.

Our commitment

Accenture's purpose is to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity and our commitment to our people, clients and communities is to accelerate equality for all.

We are committed to acting as a responsible business leader. It enables us to attract, develop, inspire and reward top talent. It creates an environment that unleashes innovation, allows our people to perform at their very best and underpins a culture in which everyone feels they have an equal opportunity to belong.

This commitment starts at the top with our Country Managing Director, Alastair Blair and our Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Dr. Michelle Cullen. We expect leaders at all levels to help create and sustain a culture of equality where everyone can advance and thrive.

Our areas of focus include gender equality, LGBTI+ disability inclusion, ethnicity, cross-cultural diversity, family and carers, socio-economic and mental health.

The Culture Makers

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"Creating a culture of equality must be at the top of the business agenda. It starts with the belief that diversity is not only the right thing to do, but a business imperative that is treated the same as any other strategic priority."

— Dr. Michelle Cullen, Head of Inclusion and Diversity – Accenture in Ireland

Accelerating gender equality

International Woman's Day 2020. Getting to equal. Closing the gap.

International Women's Day

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Our commitment to inclusion and diversity unleashes innovation and creates a culture where everyone feels they have equal opportunity. We are dedicated to accelerating equality for all gender identities.

We know COVID-19 has had a massive impact on gender equality. Not only has it resulted in less income and work for women, widening the gender gap when it comes to job security, it could actually extend the time to gender equality by 51 years – from 2120 to 2171. We worked with the W20 to produce, If Not Now, When? that details the unequal impact of COVID-19 on women.

2021 marked the 17th year Accenture in Ireland celebrated International Women’s Day – an opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding accomplishments of women and engage in meaningful conversations to further advance a culture of equality.

Women on Walls

Visible leadership is critical to cultivating a culture where equality rules. Yet too often, women leaders are left absent from the walls of history their stories untold.

We wanted to change this.

Accenture Women on Walls is a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland and the next generation.

Our mission is to recognise the pioneering achievements of extraordinary female ‘trailblazers' and enhance the visibility of female leaders in STEM across Ireland.

Discover more about #WomenOnWalls here.

Our partnerships

Building positive relationships is central to the success of Accenture's business. Through collaboration and the sharing of expertise, we aim to make a positive impact on our partners' organisations and their goals.

GAZE LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

We are proud to be the lead supporters of GAZE for 10 years. GAZE promotes visibility of LGBTQ+ community through international cinema. Learn more.

National Concert Hall | Creative Lab

Creative Lab is a new music development programme for young people. It is designed to offer opportunities and address the imbalance of composers.

Dublin Pride Festival

We are longstanding partners of Dublin Pride Festival. Ensuring an inclusive environment for our people is a central part of our I&D strategy.

Cork Pride

As supporters of Cork Pride again this year we also took part in the Work With Pride Diversity and Inclusion conference, which you view here.

Gay community news

Our content series with GCN.ie showcases how Pride means more. Our own Roberto Sy, Associate Director, shares his story, read it here.

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"We are committed to our path of accelerating equality in our workplace. That commitment demands that we provide a space where our people are not only entitled, but boldly enabled to be their authentic selves in work and across all realms of life."

— Brendan Byrne, Our LGBTQ+ Network Lead – Accenture in Ireland

Our inclusive culture

What’s the power of diversity? Discover how our commitment to our people from a variety of cultures, beliefs and backgrounds makes us more innovative.

Mental Health Ally Programme

The Mental Health Ally Programme makes sure that our people feel they can talk confidentially to a colleague about a mental health concern and get the support they need.

Accent on Enablement

Our Accent on Enablement network ensures that there is an inclusive environment for people with disabilities by raising awareness, educating our workforce and providing support.

Accenture African & Caribbean Network

The AACN Ireland ensures there is inclusive environment for Black employees through developing and progressing our diverse workforce.

I&D network

Our I&D network plays a fundamental role in supporting diversity creating the changes we want to see happen in our workforce and the wider business community.

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Awards & recognition

Learn more about our accomplishments in driving greater performance, diversity, and innovation.

Business to Arts

We were proud to receive the Business to Arts Award for ‘Best Commissioning Practice’ created by Irish artists Fuchsia Macaree and Paul Harrison.

The Business Working Responsibly Mark

Awarded the Business Working Responsibly Mark by BITCI, Ireland's leading independently audited standard for CSR and sustainability. Read more.

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Getting to Equal | Podcast Series

Our research shows a significant gap exists between the way leaders and employees view progress toward equality in their organisations. In this five-part series, we spoke to leaders and diverse thinkers at our Dublin International Women’s Day celebration event, in March 2020, to explore Ireland’s equality journey and how the gap can be closed. Listen now.

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