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Accenture in the Philippines Corporate Citizenship

Our social responsibility and corporate citizenship program focuses on Education, Environment, Livelihood and Emergency Relief.

Overview

In the Philippines, Accenture drives its corporate citizenship programs through Accenture Caring for Tomorrow (ACT), which focuses on four main areas:

  • Education
    Accenture Education Program (AEP) gives our employees opportunities to share their knowledge and expertise, especially on technology. We partner with colleges, universities and public schools to increase computer literacy and provide learning opportunities in programming technologies like COBOL, JAVA & .NET. We have an ongoing program to improve the elementary and high school facilities of Barobaybay in Leyte, a fishing community. Accenture also supports initiatives to improve the literacy of Filipino children. For example, we partner with Hands on Manila, a nonprofit organization, in providing arts and crafts classes to children.

  • Environment
    Accenture believes that the health of its business is inextricably linked to the health of the environment in which it operates. Thus, we make an effort to preserve our environment and support environmental initiatives such as tree planting, waste segregation, habitat conservation and coastal clean-up.

  • Livelihood
    Accenture has teamed up with Gawad Kalinga for community rebuilding projects, in which volunteers help build houses for the poor in different parts of metro Manila.

  • Emergency Relief
    We provide emergency relief goods and comfort to victims of disasters or natural calamities in the country.

Skills to Succeed

Accenture has raised the bar of its corporate citizenship program by adopting a central focus worldwide called “Skills to Succeed” which aims to educate people and help build skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy. In this regard, made giant strides:

  • Partnered with French non-profit organization Passerrelles Numeriques (meaning “Digital Bridges”) to provide college-equivalent IT education to underprivileged youth in Cebu and neighboring provinces.

  • Established a fully-equipped learning facility called the Accenture Ideas Exchange Room in four (4) universities: Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP); University of the Philippines—Diliman campus, University of Makati, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

  • Joined and partnered with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) on a growing number of poverty-reduction projects through skills training, e.g., sponsorship of skills training for small and medium enterprises, a P3.49 million grant to help set up and manage training programs for promising entrepreneurs.

  • Partnered with PinoyME Foundation, a social investment banking entity for microfinance institutions, to:

    • Provide funding assistance to enable members of the Antique Federation of Cooperatives (AFCCUI) to expand their muscovado sugar trading business.

    • Implement a sustainable microenterprise financing program for the benefit of Accenture custodians and security guards and their families.

  • Awarded (through the Accenture Foundations) the Leonard Cheshire Disability an additional $2 million to expand the latter’s “Access to Livelihoods” program which provides training and career opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the Philippines and South Asia.

  • Joined hands with Gawad Kalinga (GK)

    • Accenture and the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Community Development Foundation, Inc. help educate GK communities on sustainable livelihood programs.

    • Accenture and GKonomics support skills training to help unwed mothers of “Invisible Sisters” to build a livelihood

    • Accenture IT experts serve as resource speakers in MIS training to microfinance institution

    • Helped set up computer laboratories for schools in Pampanga.

    • Fielded volunteer Accenture trainors to teach programming technologies in partner schools

  • Ongoing program to improve the elementary and high school facilities of Barobaybay Mission Academy in Barobaybay, Samar, a fishing community.

Environmental Initiatives

Accenture also believes that the health of its business is inextricably linked to the health of the environment in which it operates. Thus, the company makes an effort to preserve the environment and support various environmental initiatives:

  • Sponsored the participation of 3,000 Accenture employees in the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Run for Pasig River in 2010 and 2011—one of the biggest delegations fielded by a single company/ organization, in support of continuing efforts to rehabilitate the Pasig River.

  • Php 1-Million Donation to the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) to help fund efforts for the Marikina Watershed Rehabilitation project; Accenture employee volunteers also helped in the on-site tree planting activities.

  • Environmental Consciousness promotion through environmental trainings for employees — Green 101 and ISO 1 4001:2004 Technical Training.

  • Water Conservation Campaign, to encourage employees to use water sparingly and report leaking faucets.

  • Waste Management, by monitoring, collecting and segregating recyclable waste.

  • Paper Conservation, by encouraging double-side printing of documents, minimizing printing of materials.

  • Energy Conservation, by tracking our Company’s carbon dioxide emissions usage and implementing a sustaining program to reduce these emissions, and optimizing energy usage in our offices by enforcing power saving schemes, such as unplugging electronic devises when not in use, setting thermostat at minimal levels, installation of smart meters, turning off air-conditioning units and lights when not in use.

  • Travel Reduction to reduce our carbon footprint, by using the latest technology for collaboration, in place of face-to face meetings, such as virtual meetings like video conferencing and Telepresence.

From Skills to Succeed, to our environmental stewardship, Accenture works to make a sustainable difference in the long-term vibrancy and vitality of people and communities around the world.