Accountability to advance corporate citizenship at Accenture starts at the top with our Board, which includes our CEO, and cascades through our business. Our governance structure ensures there is a clear path of responsibility to achieve our corporate citizenship goals and drive broader performance on non-financial topics across the organization.
Specifically, individual members of our Global Management Committee sponsor our corporate citizenship and environmental strategies. These senior leaders, from multiple corporate functions and geographies, engage regularly on these topics and are responsible for making final decisions on strategies, goals and policies recommended by our management bodies, such as the Corporate Citizenship Council and the Environment Steering Group.
The Corporate Citizenship Council [PDF], a group of senior executives from multiple disciplines and geographies, implements those policies and supporting programs—assessing strategy, guiding overall programming activity and approving major initiatives. Each of our 15 geographic units has a council member responsible for his or her implementation of our corporate citizenship priorities within that geography.
The Environment Steering Group [PDF], which includes leaders from across Accenture, determines our processes for providing guidance around carbon-emissions disclosure. For instance, this group recommended that Accenture pursue global ISO 14001 certification for the first time and proposed Accenture’s 2020 environment goals. The group meets semi-annually to monitor our environmental performance and identify improvement areas.
The Corporate Citizenship Council and the Environment Steering Group make strategic recommendations on our sustainability initiatives for our leadership to approve and integrate throughout the organization.