Within Accenture, we encourage Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that enable our people to strengthen their networks, grow their skills, and give back to the community.
With thousands of ERGs in 120 offices around the world, we bring together individuals with common needs or interests ranging from ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to faith or religion, ability and career paths, and more.
ERGs vary by location, but all aim to:
Provide mentorship opportunities
Support recruitment and retention
Build external business relationships
Support nonprofit organizations
ETHNIC DIVERSITY TRAINING
Understanding the diversity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds is essential to the way our people work together every day, which is why we provide various training programs to help all our employees build a better future.
Accenture was one of the first organizations to add sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression information to our non-discrimination policy.
We provide same-sex domestic partners with accompanied cross-border assignment benefits and a global medical plan for long-term assignments and some transfers.
In 2010, we became one of only 10 companies in the US to implement Transgender Transition Guidelines that comply with World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards.
Our global LGBT Network (one of our Employee Resource Groups) brings together our LGBT community and allies to network, mentor, and spread awareness in offices across 25 countries.
At Accenture, we want people of all abilities to thrive, which is why we provide an inclusive and flexible work environment for people with disabilities. Plus, to help our people with disabilities be at their best, we accommodate their individual needs with support like assistive technology, flexible work arrangements, and additional training.
To further spread awareness and reinforce our commitment, we celebrate the value of our people with disabilities in a company-wide celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
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As more women pursue careers in business and technology, we strive to provide a culture that develops leaders, empowers women, and enables them to thrive through opportunities such as:
Mentoring Programs help ensure women are exposed to senior leaders who can provide career advice and opportunities.
Accenture Women’s Network’s global Internet portal connects women across the company, providing education, tools, and multimedia to help them define their vision of success.
International Women’s Day has been celebrated by Accenture since 2001, and gives our people across the globe the opportunity to discuss their professional and personal goals while defining success.
Defining Success Forums are quarterly webinars per region that feature leaders sharing their personal career journeys. Participants hear first-hand how colleagues from their region define success.
Training and Education Programs help women identify role models in leadership, develop goals, and expand their networks to advance to the next level.
At Accenture, we also strive to work with others who embrace similar values of inclusion and diversity. By working with diverse suppliers, we’re not only providing equal opportunities, but also promoting economic growth in diverse communities—while maintaining our standard of high-quality service.
We track and encourage purchases with diverse suppliers such as: minority-owned, woman-owned, historically underutilized business (HUB) zones, service-disabled, veteran-owned, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-owned, and small or other disadvantaged enterprises.
The diverse supplier development program
In 2006, we launched a mentoring program between Accenture leaders and diverse suppliers. This eighteen month long program provides quarterly training on topics such as business development, sales effectiveness, strategic planning, marketing, cloud computing, and environmental sustainability.
The program provides unique opportunities to help our suppliers identify challenges in running and growing their businesses, as well as the ability to network and seek counsel from Accenture leaders.
Since launch, our Diverse Supplier Development Program has mentored 50 diverse businesses, and that’s just the beginning.
To further our commitment, Accenture is a member or sponsor of the following organizations:
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and regional affiliates
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and regional affiliates
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
WEConnect Europe, Canada, India, Australasia, Mexico, China, Brazil
Minority Supplier Development – United Kingdom (MSD-UK)
Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)