At the core of Accenture is our unwavering commitment to equality for all. We take a broad view of diversity, which includes the many different racial and ethnic backgrounds of our people around the world. We believe inclusion and diversity unleashes innovation and creates a culture where everyone feels they have equal opportunity.
In the face of more tragic losses of African American and Black lives in the US as a consequence of racism, in June of last year, we reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to equality and justice for all, zero tolerance for racism, bigotry and hate of any kind—and our stand against all violence.
We also announced three actions to fight racism and we are making measurable progress against each.
We set new goals in the US, the UK, and South Africa to increase race and ethnicity representation in our workforce overall and among managing directors.
We launched new mandatory training in the US, the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Canada – with more markets to come – that support our people in identifying and speaking up about racism. We increased our community investments to support economic inclusion such as our Black Founders Development Program, the OneTen coalition in the US and MOBOLISE in the UK, with more to come.
At Accenture and in our communities we can and must do more until there truly is equality for all. I am optimistic because I see every day what the people of Accenture are doing to be part of the change.