Working Mother recognizes Accenture’s flexible work arrangements and expanded parental leave with our 13th consecutive appearance on its list of 100 Best Companies. Complementing its Best Companies feature, the publication also profiled Julie Sweet, chief executive officer – North America, as “Accenture’s Working Mother of the Year.” In this profile, Julie discusses building a fulfilling career while raising her daughters, including how she has made some unique choices and taken risks along the way, giving her further confidence to pursue new opportunities. Julie credits the flexibility Accenture offers with enabling her to be successful both at work and as a mother.
“Accenture’s culture respects people’s lives beyond work,” said Julie, who was recognized at the Working Mother awards gala in October. “This kind of flexibility is priceless to a working parent.”
For example, in North America, the United States and Canada are currently phasing in a new opportunity for primary caregivers—both women and men—to work locally for one year following their return from parental leave.
Recently, Accenture increased parental benefits for male and female employees in the United Kingdom, offering up to 52 weeks shared total time off, including 32 weeks of company paid time off. In addition, the Philippines has doubled paid maternity leave, from the 60-day statutory requirement, to 120 days for normal delivery.