Pierre Nanterme
Chairman & CEO
July 17, 2018

Why Our “Culture of Cultures” is a True, Strategic Differentiator


Over the last several years, Accenture, the company I lead, has continued to bring new talent to our team, both organically and by acquisition, to further enhance and scale the capabilities we need to help our clients transform for a digital world. Today, we are a company of 449,000 incredibly talented people.

I am often asked by our employees how I think growth will affect our culture. I love this question, and my answer is: massively, and in the best possible way.

Embracing diversity as a culture of cultures

At Accenture, we have a unique “culture of cultures.” To me, this is a very simple, yet extraordinarily profound concept that makes a distinction between values and culture. Values are the intangibles—business ethics and integrity, shared core beliefs, fair and respectful conduct, responsible leadership—and should never be compromised. They translate in every market around the world.

Culture is different and more specific to the way of life for a particular group—the keyword being particular. For instance, I am French, and my culture or way of being in the world is indeed quite different than that of someone from Brazil or Japan. Likewise, within a professional setting, the culture of a group of designers is different than that of a group of data scientists.

In applying this to Accenture, when we hire new employees or acquire a new company, we want our new people to share our core values, while preserving their own unique culture and what makes them special. We want to embrace our rich diversity as a culture of cultures.

And our commitment shows. For the 12th consecutive year, we’ve been recognized as a top company dedicated to diversity by DiversityInc., making it into the top 10 for 2018. We were also recognized on four specialty lists: Supplier Diversity, People with Disabilities, Mentoring and LGBT Employees.

Diversity makes us stronger—and more innovative

At the end of the day, it’s all about diversity, inclusion and belonging. Because diversity makes companies smarter and more innovative and, in turn, a magnet for the very best talent—people with the best skills and expertise who feel empowered to contribute as their authentic selves. In this way, a culture of cultures is a true strategic differentiator.

Does anyone really want to live in a world or work in a place that is standard and uniform? I certainly don’t. My colleagues and I want to continually create and celebrate an environment that is vibrant and diverse across every dimension. Because that will make us better—as individuals, as a company and as a culture of cultures.

Be yourself. Do work that makes a difference. Find your next career opportunity with Accenture.

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