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We believe inclusive procurement practices create long-term value for our clients and our communities, while helping us remain agile, disruptive and ahead of the market. At the same time, these practices help our suppliers grow their representation and influence in their own markets.

Our Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Program, which reaches 18 countries, allows us to drive a more-inclusive marketplace. By incorporating diverse businesses into our supply chain, we gain access to innovative, responsive and cost-competitive solutions for our clients.

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"We believe inclusive procurement practices create long-term value for our clients and our communities, while helping us remain agile, disruptive and ahead of the market."

— Kai Nowosel, Chief Procurement Officer

Diverse Supplier Development Program

Accenture's Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) reflects our commitment to developing and expanding relationships with diverse businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT, veterans, disabled veterans, and service-disabled veterans, and others.

The formal, 12 to 18-month program matches Accenture executive mentors with diverse supplier "protégé" companies to help them grow their businesses. In turn, our company, clients, and communities benefit from their innovative contributions. Not only does DSDP represent a strategic sourcing strategy for Accenture and our clients, but also strengthens communities by creating more businesses, jobs, and economic growth.

Our goal was to graduate 170 diverse suppliers by the end of fiscal 2020. By the end of fiscal 2019, we graduated 165 suppliers worldwide and soon plan on graduating additional suppliers in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland, with plans to begin classes in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, India and Mexico.

By the numbers

165

Small, medium and diverse suppliers developed through our DSDP.

1

Level 1- Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa.

8

Accenture ranks 8 in TOP 10 Global Champions for Supplier Diversity.

Sustainability commitment

We are committed to advancing sustainable procurement practices both within and outside our company. To that end, we expect our suppliers to provide updates around their environmental initiatives, goals and impact, and we encourage local and regional teams to discuss sustainable procurement during their regular supplier meetings. By engaging our suppliers on the benefits of sustainability, we are increasing the number of participants that monitor, measure and report their environmental impact.

Our 2020 goal was to expand to 75% the percentage of our key suppliers that disclose their carbon-reduction targets and report on the actions they are taking to reduce emissions, which we met early in fiscal 2019.

CDP’s supply chain program

As a corporate member of CDP’s Supply Chain program, we use CDP tools to promote engagement, transparency and sustainable business practices with our suppliers. Since 2010, we have invited a select group of suppliers to respond to CDP’s Supply Chain self assessment questionnaire to better understand each supplier’s environmental practices.

This supported our 2020 goal to measure and report the impact of our sustainability initiatives with clients and suppliers. This formalized our efforts in advancing supplier emissions disclosure. In the past year, we significantly increased the number of suppliers we asked to participate in CDP’s reporting program resulting in higher than average supplier engagement. In 2019, 85% of our suppliers participated, well above CDP’s global average of 70%.

Highlights

Recognized in the market

Accenture was named Corporation of the Year by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council for our work in Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability in Canada. Learn more about CAMSC.

Bringing together thought leadership

In October 2019 Accenture hosted the annual Environment and Human Rights Workshop. The panel discussion, hosted by Kai Nowosel shared insights on topics such as sustainable aviation fuels.

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Guide to doing business with Accenture

Read about our requirements for suppliers and onboarding processes.

Accenture Supplier Connection

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Supplier awareness

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