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 20 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 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.
We continue to prioritize diverse suppliers, including through our Global Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP). Our DSDP goal by the end of fiscal 2020 was to graduate 170 diverse suppliers. Our new goal is to graduate 250 diverse suppliers by the end of fiscal 2023.
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. In 2015, we set a goal to encourage 75% of our suppliers to disclose their environmental targets and actions taken to reduce their impact. As already reported, we met this goal in early 2019.
In the past year, we significantly increased the number of suppliers we asked to participate in CDP’s reporting program, representing 75% of our scope 3 emissions. This caused a drop to 70% in the 2020 disclosure percentage of those invited to participate relative to 2019, but is still in line with the CDP average of 71%.
5 reasons why you should prioritize supplier diversity
Supplier diversity is more relevant – and necessary – than ever before. It’s long been a corporate focal point, thanks to federal requirements to demonstrate inclusiveness and equal opportunity. But many companies with Supplier Diversity programs historically have treated them like “check the box” or non-essential programs, which are often deprioritized when things get though.
By making supplier diversity essential within their procurement strategy, companies can generate value in five key ways.
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.