Innovating for the environment

Eco Innovation Challenge

The Accenture Eco Innovation Challenge is a way for our people to collaborate with innovation partners and tackle critical issues that are affecting the environment.

More than 2,300 Accenture social innovators from 38 countries stepped up and put together teams, generating over 1,200 new ideas. Ultimately, 100 finalists from 11 countries pitched their ideas to Accenture leaders and judges representing our 40 innovation partners.

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1,200+ new ideas for a more sustainable future

We asked our people to develop ideas for a greener future. Learn more.

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Eco Innovation Challenge 2021 winners

Congratulations to the winning teams of each grand challenge! Now, these seven winning teams will bring their ideas to life through Accenture’s Social Innovators Accelerator.

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Circular Packaging

LCA.I.: An AI platform leveraging information from lifecycle assessments of packaging materials to provide options for greener solutions.

Clean Energy at Home

Scaling Our Reach: An app to scale last-mile distribution of clean energy solutions for entrepreneurs with low literacy and technology skills.

Climate Resilience

Coral-ation: An AI platform to unify and integrate global coral reef monitoring efforts and foster collaboration.

Future of Food

AgXelerator: Data-driven tools to speed up sustainable indoor farming to meet the global food demands of 9.7 billion people by 2050.

Green(er) Supply Chains

Aquichain: A blockchain solution to trace the water footprint of supply chains through geo-tagging aquifers to support sustainable water governance.

Rewilding Land

Reimagine, Rewild: An app enabling users to reimagine their local environments—boosting awareness, support and crowdfunding for rewilding.

Sustainable Cloud

Sustainable AI in the Cloud: A carbon-smart machine learning framework to optimize energy use and renewable energy when and where it’s available.

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Engaging our partners

Our partners who helped select the winning teams

We are grateful to the more than forty innovation partners from around the world and across sectors who helped select the winning teams and some of whom are providing mentorship in the Accelerator.

Partners included leading clients, startups and NGOs. Thank you for collaborating with us on the journey to create a more environmentally sustainable future for all.

There is no expectation of financial support from innovation partners.

"It takes a village to solve these types of problems. It’s not just the one project that wins; it’s about starting a journey and rethinking this together."

– TIM LEVINY, Senior Vice President – Land O’Lakes, Eco Innovation Challenge Judge

Eco volunteering

Our virtual eco-volunteer opportunities enable our people to help the environment through scientific and academic research.

Our ninth annual “Greener Than” challenge gamified how our people can learn about Accenture’s environmental initiatives. In 2020, almost 43,000 of our people competed to show their eco-smarts.

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United Nations Global Compact: Communication on Progress 2020. Reporting Our Growth as a Responsible Company.
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