Accenture promotes an inclusive work environment that influences how we run our business, and we strive to work with others who embrace our values. Our supplier inclusion and diversity efforts demonstrate our commitment to inclusive procurement practices to create long-term value for our clients and our communities. We focus on minority- and women-owned businesses and those owned by persons with disabilities (PwD), and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.
Our Supplier Inclusion & Diversity program includes 22 countries, engaging diverse- and small-/medium-sized businesses into our supply- and value chain and supporting local marketplace empowerment through capacity building programs and collaborations with several global and local entrepreneurship organizations, including WEConnect International (including chapters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greater China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), which aims to improve the livelihood of former female waste-pickers by strengthening their business.
We believe that small, medium and diverse businesses should have equal opportunity to participate in the procurement sourcing process. We focus not only on expanding our own pool of small, medium and diverse suppliers, but also on encouraging our large suppliers to leverage diverse suppliers on Accenture’s behalf.
We have been able to track our diverse procurement spend most consistently in the United States, and we have been pleased to maintain a rate of 27 percent of total procurement spend with diverse suppliers over the last three years, even as our total spend decreased.
Learn more about our Supplier Inclusion & Diversity program in our Corporate Citizenship Report.
Accenture’s Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) is a key component of our commitment to developing and expanding relationships with minority, women-owned, persons with disabilities and other diverse businesses. DSDP represents a strategic sourcing strategy and a competitive differentiator for Accenture and our clients. The formal, 12- to 18-month program offers classroom learning experiences and a mentoring program model that pairs senior Accenture executives with diverse supplier “protégé” companies to help them grow their own businesses. In turn, we, our clients and our communities benefit from their innovative contributions.
We launched DSDP in the United States in 2006 and celebrated the graduation of its fourth class in fiscal 2014. Through the years, we have expanded the program’s geographic footprint as well as the composition of our protégé classes; for example, the last three classes included lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)-owned businesses. By the end of fiscal 2014, 98 diverse suppliers had graduated or were in the process of completing the program per our goal—70 in the United States, 17 in Canada and 11 in the United Kingdom.
In addition to the suppliers reached through DSDP, a few hundred diverse suppliers, including those in India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey, have benefitted from other development initiatives such as classroom sessions and executive mentoring support.
We believe that by providing opportunities for small, medium and diverse businesses, we adopt smarter operations, enabling us to cast a wider net and tap a larger pool of latent talent. More inclusive and demographically representative supply chains help Accenture and our clients generate services and products that are relevant to the diverse global community we serve.