We can be the difference
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. At the same time, these practices help our suppliers grow their representation and influence in their own markets.
Our Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Program, which reaches 18 countries, allows us to drive a more-inclusive marketplace. By incorporating diverse businesses into our supply chain, we gain access to innovative, responsive and cost-competitive solutions for our clients.
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Diverse Supplier Development Program
Accenture's Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) reflects our commitment to developing and expanding relationships with diverse businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT, veterans, disabled veterans, and service-disabled veterans, and others.
The formal, 12 to 18-month program matches Accenture executive mentors with diverse supplier "protégé" companies to help them grow their businesses. In turn, our company, clients, and communities benefit from their innovative contributions. Not only does DSDP represent a strategic sourcing strategy for Accenture and our clients, but also strengthens communities by creating more businesses, jobs, and economic growth.
Our goal was to graduate 170 diverse suppliers by the end of fiscal 2020. By the end of fiscal 2019, we graduated 165 suppliers worldwide and soon plan on graduating additional suppliers in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland, with plans to begin classes in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, India and Mexico.
By the numbers
Small, medium and diverse suppliers developed through our DSDP.
Level 1- Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa.
Accenture ranks 8 in TOP 10 Global Champions for Supplier Diversity.
We are committed to advancing sustainable procurement practices both within and outside our company. To that end, we expect our suppliers to provide updates around their environmental initiatives, goals and impact, and we encourage local and regional teams to discuss sustainable procurement during their regular supplier meetings. By engaging our suppliers on the benefits of sustainability, we are increasing the number of participants that monitor, measure and report their environmental impact.
CDP’s supply chain program
As a corporate member of CDP’s Supply Chain program, we use CDP tools to promote engagement, transparency and sustainable business practices with our suppliers. Since 2010, we have invited a select group of suppliers to respond to CDP’s Supply Chain self assessment questionnaire to better understand each supplier’s environmental practices.
This supported our 2020 goal to measure and report the impact of our sustainability initiatives with clients and suppliers. This formalized our efforts in advancing supplier emissions disclosure. In the past year, we significantly increased the number of suppliers we asked to participate in CDP’s reporting program resulting in higher than average supplier engagement. In 2019, 85% of our suppliers participated, well above CDP’s global average of 70%.
Recognized in the market
Accenture was named Corporation of the Year by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council for our work in Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability in Canada. Learn more about CAMSC.
Empowering champions of change
Our Diverse Supplier Development Program matches Accenture executive mentors with diverse supplier companies to help their businesses grow. Learn more about our approach in South Africa.
Bringing together thought leadership
In October 2019 Accenture hosted the annual Environment and Human Rights Workshop. The panel discussion, hosted by Kai Nowosel shared insights on topics such as sustainable aviation fuels.