Uniting efforts through Welcome.US
Welcome.US: Co-chaired by Accenture Chair and CEO Julie Sweet and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, the Welcome.US CEO Council works to accelerate and scale private sector support for those seeking refuge and galvanize a culture of welcoming. The initial focus of the council includes three key areas of impact: meeting the initial resettlement needs of the individuals and families who fled Afghanistan and Ukraine; supporting the employment of newcomers through new training and hiring initiatives; and mobilizing their employees, customer bases and peers in the business community to join the welcome movement. Accenture is also providing pro bono services to Welcome.US to support the resettlement of newcomers.
Ukraine relief efforts
From financial support to leveraging technology to meet essential needs, we are helping refugees from Ukraine.
Crisis relief donations: Accenture has donated US$5 million to nonprofit relief organizations working to help people in Ukraine and those who are being displaced into Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. We matched 100% of the US$1.75 million in donations from our people.
In addition, we are contributing other support, including:
Apps to meet essential needs: In Slovakia, our people developed a simple mobile app to help distribute insulin and other essential supplies to Ukrainian children with diabetes. The app coordinates the requests efficiently and with security in mind, to avoid potential unauthorized access or misuse of highly sensitive data.
Another team created a “Map of Help”—an elegant solution based on Google Maps—that identifies important location points and resources available for refugees in the country, and also directed Slovakians who wanted to help to places in need of volunteer support.
Digital upskilling and employment: Another forward-looking project is a partnership with jobs platform provider The Adecco Group. The goal of the partnership is to support all refugees looking to start a new career and to open a channel for Accenture to recruit new talents. To support this endeavor, we have adapted our Skills to Succeed Academy to provide basic employment and digital skills to all refugees. Emails have been sent to Ukrainian refugees to introduce the Academy content and increase employability of those who complete the courses.
In Poland, we rapidly transformed our Carrots Academy for Women initiative into an upskilling program to provide cybersecurity training to Ukrainian women refugees. On completion, participants may receive job offers from Accenture or another established employer in Poland.
Digitizing learning with Junior Achievement Europe: With nonprofit partner Junior Achievement Europe, we organized Accenture volunteers across Greece, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S. to translate and digitize content for Ukrainian youth refugees. Our volunteers translated workforce readiness and entrepreneurship content on Articulate into Ukrainian and set up a platform where displaced Ukrainian youth have access to content, continued skilling and education despite disruptions in their formal education and livelihoods.
Partnering to deliver food and aid: In the U.K., we partnered with the Confederation of British Industry to organize essential humanitarian food boxes for delivery to Ukraine. Each food box contained 14 items and was designed to feed a person for a week. The team worked with food manufacturers and supply chain partners, and the Ukrainian embassy in London, to ensure this essential aid reached those most in need.
We support people around the world by applying human ingenuity and technology expertise to help provide solutions to societal challenges. Many of these projects are part of our Skills to Succeed initiative, which equips people worldwide with the skills to make substantive improvements to their lives.
For example, we have created a variety of online learning platforms to help people—including refugees and displaced groups—enhance employability and develop beneficial skills to progress in their careers and excel in the digital economy.