Diversity is an important differentiator for companies, improving both the bottom line and employee experience.
But it’s not enough for companies to be diverse.
To succeed in the global economy, companies must create an inclusive work environment where people of all backgrounds feel engaged, respected and appreciated for their knowledge, experience and skills.
With more than 475,000 people in 52 countries around the world, we like to say that Accenture is a “culture of cultures”, where our people feel empowered to contribute as their authentic selves. But it’s not just our geographical reach that make us a collection of diverse innovators. We embrace diversity—in thought, experience and action—as a source of strength, agility and innovation.
Inclusion starts with I
One way we foster a “culture of cultures” is by taking concrete steps to identify and eliminate unconscious bias.
Our InclusionStartsWithI video gave our people a public platform to share their stories of workplace discrimination. The video was more than a moment—it’s an ongoing movement. It’s a call-to-action to raise awareness around the stereotypes and prejudices that might impact the way we interact with our colleagues and how we can work together to create a more inclusive organization—and world.
And it doesn’t stop there.
We provide a variety of tools, resources and trainings to help our people build cross-culture skills and understanding. These initiatives are about more than just awareness—they give people the tools needed to be effective teammates.
For example, all our people have access to GlobeSmart®, an innovative platform that provides around-the-clock information on global business effectiveness, including tips on how to maximize value with a multicultural team. In addition, through the GlobeSmart Expert Certification training program, our people can learn to train others on topics related to cross-cultural diversity, including relationship building, unconscious bias and leading across distance.
Our Building Bridges series is another example of our human-centric approach to cultural learning. Through virtual and in-person sessions, we create opportunities for our people to engage in honest discussion around topics such as immigration, race, sexual identity and orientation, faith and being your authentic self. The goal of this initiative is to amplify individual voices to advance diversity and inclusion across all our global locations.
And our Navigating Across Cultures interview series helps our people understand the cultures of other locations. As part of this initiative, employees from the same location share their point of view on various topics and answer questions from a live audience. This allows the teams to view the cultural patterns of different locations, strengthened by individual points of view.
Diversity drives innovation
We take an innovation-led approach to help clients "imagine and invent" their future. We believe it’s our rich diversity that make us more innovative and more creative, helping us better serve our clients and our communities.
Our Getting to Equal 2019 research supports that belief.
The research found that for every 10 percent improvement in culture-of-equality factors—such as diverse leadership, inclusion and work-life balance—innovation mindset increases by 10.6 percent. In fact, we found that innovation mindset is six times higher in the most-equal environments than in the least-equal ones.
In celebration of the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, it’s an important opportunity to cultivate a deeper understanding of and respect for other cultures through open, honest and meaningful conversations.
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