Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship commitments are anchored in our core values, our Code of Business Ethics and, ultimately, reflected in the actions of our people.
From Skills to Succeed to the environment, Accenture and our people work to make a sustainable, measurable difference to the communities in which we work and live.
Fostering sustainable economic growth for our company and our clients is at the heart of our environmental strategy, and is central to our vision for improving the way the world works and lives.
Our environmental strategy comprises four areas — running efficient operations; working sustainably; enabling client sustainability; and providing insights to advance sustainability — and it’s working: fiscal 2014 was the most energy efficient year in our company’s history. We saved 530,000 total megawatt-hours of electricity, avoiding more than 330,000 metrics tons of related CO2, and exceeded our target to reduce per employee carbon emissions 35 percent since our fiscal 2007 baseline. We also increased the share of purchased renewable energy across our office portfolio by more than 30 percent compared to fiscal 2013.
But we’re not resting on our laurels. We started a pilot to track environmental, social and governance performance with our suppliers. And by the end of fiscal 2020, we will reduce our per employee carbon emissions by more than 50 percent against our fiscal 2007 baseline. It’s these kinds of efforts that have landed us on CDP’s “Climate A List” and the FTSE4Good Global Index, and kept us on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for 11 consecutive years.
Our people around the world develop innovative approaches to eco-smart work practices and support our efforts to drive their adoption across our geographies through Smart Work programs, Travel Smart Challenges and eco volunteerism. They also help our clients with business strategies and technology solutions — and that includes helping them improve their sustainability performance. As a company, Accenture supports the UN Secretary General’s Initiative, SE4All, which aims to provide access to sustainable energy to the 1.3 billion people who do not have it.Learn more about Accenture and the environment.
Accenture's corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, helps address the global need for skills that open doors to employment and economic opportunity.
It draws on two of Accenture’s core capabilities: training talent and convening partnerships to achieve tangible, measurable results. By mobilizing our people, partners, clients and others, we strive to make a measurable and sustainable difference in the economic vitality and resilience of individuals, families and communities.
By the end of fiscal 2020, together with our strategic partners, we will pursue the following targets:
Demand-led skilling: Equip more than 3 million people with the skills to get a job or build a business.
Employment and entrepreneurship outcomes: Increase our focus on the successful transition from skill-building programs to sustainable jobs and businesses, and improve our collective ability to measure and report on these outcomes.
Collaboration for systemic change: Bring together organizations across sectors to create large-scale, lasting solutions aimed at closing global employment gaps.
Since fiscal 2011, Accenture has equipped more than 800,000 people with workplace and entrepreneurial skills.
Our people are the driving force behind our Skills to Succeed initiative, and it is an enormous source of pride for them. They share their time, skills and counsel by volunteering and providing pro bono services for activities such as conducting soft skills workshops for jobseekers, creating new technology solutions for skills training, implementing new technology platforms for our nonprofit partners and providing long-term mentoring support for entrepreneurs.
Transparency and accountability are priorities for Accenture, and our 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report, “Making a Measureable Difference,” details our global corporate citizenship goals, progress and performance for that period.
We use Global Reporting Initiative G3 Guidelines as a foundation for our reporting approach, and we report annually to the United Nations Global Compact.
Accenture people demonstrate energy, enthusiasm and passion for making a difference in the lives of others and communities around the world.
Through individual fundraising, giving and volunteer efforts, they continue to find new ways to contribute to the communities in which they live and work, as well as to people and communities in need of support.
We help our people maximize the impact of their personal contributions by providing convenient opportunities to volunteer and make personal donations to help their communities. Consequently, in fiscal 2014, our people participated in nearly 600,000 hours of Accenture-sponsored corporate citizenship programs, up from 518,000 hours in 2013.
Accenture Development Partnerships provides another way for our people to give back. This pioneering “corporate social enterprise” employs a not-for-profit business model that makes our core skills and assets accessible to the international development sector. Its goal is to help strengthen organizations and build growth markets from within. Our people also work on long-term volunteer assignments with VSO, an organization that fights poverty in developing countries.
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