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Message from William Mzimba, Chief Executive, Accenture in South Africa

At Accenture in South Africa, we are a diverse, multiracial, multicultural and multi-generational team of highly talented individuals. This rich diversity makes us stronger, smarter and more innovative, which helps us better serve the needs of our clients, our people and our communities.

We take a wide view of diversity across abilities, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Our commitment to inclusion and diversity starts at the top, and we continue to find new ways to make an impact and drive change. But we have work to do.

To drive a new level of collaboration and commitment, we are reporting, for the first time, the demographics of our South African workforce for gender, ethnicity, and persons with disabilities. Going forward, we will report annually on our progress across these areas of diversity.

We aspire to be the company with the most inclusive and diverse workforce—because it’s the right thing to do for our people, for our business and industry, and for the communities in which we live and work.


William Mzimba




William Mzimba​​​​

Chief Executive
Accenture in South Africa

A rich diversity helps us better serve the needs of our clients, our people and our communities.

A rich diversity helps us better serve the needs of our clients, our people and our communities.

Our workforce in South Africa

As of December 31, 2016

Total employees

2,243



Persons with disabilities

Four Accenture people have self-edentified as persons with disabilities.

Our B-BBEE Programme

Our B-BBEE programme has been crafted to cover multiple facets of empowerment, is strongly supported at leadership levels, and has become a core element of the Accenture ethos and culture. Our local commitment to empowerment is reflected in the way we do business with suppliers, partners and customers, in our R124 million investment in leadership and skills development between 2011 and 2016, and our corporate social investment efforts.

View our B-BBEE Certificate

View our B-BBEE Brochure





Research

Digital skills help narrow the workplace gender gap

Digitally savvy women are helping to close the gender gap in the workplace. And digital fluency, the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective, plays a key role in helping women achieve gender equality and level the playing field, according to a research report from Accenture (NYSE:ACN), Getting to Equal: How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work.

The online survey of 4,900 women and men in 31 countries identifies how digital skills and usage impact women’s career lifecycles:

  • In education, as they prepare for work
  • In employment, as they get and retain jobs
  • In advancing in their jobs, progressing towards leadership

The study found that digital resources have helped women to achieve their education goals, and that countries can improve advancement by raising fluency levels for women and allowing digital fluency to create opportunities for women, ultimately in leadership.

Download the report to read more about the impact of digital fluency of women globally, in emerging markets (including specific information for South Africa) and in developed markets.


If governments and businesses can double the pace at which women become digitally fluent, gender equality could be achieved in 25 years in developed nations, versus 50 years at the current pace.

International Women's Day

Celebrating differences and empowering women

Visit our virtual environment to view broadcasts from some of this year’s events—including presentations from speakers Tina Brown (journalist, editor and author) and Reshma Saujani (founder and CEO, Girls Who Code).

Our employee resource groups

Our culture of inclusion and diversity is fostered by our South African employee resource groups—vibrant communities that enable our people to strengthen their networks, grow their skills, celebrate their heritages and give back to the communities where they live and work.


Celebrations of diversity

We recognise and celebrate our differences and heritages with events throughout the year. From observing heritage days, to marking internationally-recognised days, such as International Women’s Day, our people come together with our clients and our communities to learn from each other, promote understanding and be inspired.


Accenture Talent Connection

This is a network of professionals who are interested in the challenging, rewarding opportunities offered by Accenture. Join the Talent Connection


For more information on inclusion and diversity in South Africa, please email.



Learning and development opportunities

At Accenture, we are always inventing new ways for our people to learn and grow professionally and personally. As part of this investment, we provide customised learning and development opportunities to nurture our diverse talent and promote awareness and understanding about working in a diverse company.

  • Leading a Diverse Workforce

  • Inclusion & Diversity in Motion: Embracing Cross-cultural Diversity

  • Cross-cultural computer-based training: Building awareness, effective communications and virtual teamwork

  • Accenture Future Leaders Programme

  • Executive Women

  • Developing our Women: Growing Your Career Training

  • Women & Client Centricity Training

  • Women’s Defining Success and Discussion Forums

  • LGBT Leaders Learning Training Programme

  • LGBT Virtual Learning Series

  • LGBT Learning Board

  • LGBT computer-based training: Equality in the Workplace

  • Assessing LGBT Travel Risks Worldwide

  • Valuing Persons with Disabilities

  • Persons with Disabilities computer based training: Hidden disabilities, mental health awareness, disability disclosure, assistive technology, mentoring, etiquette

  • Enabling Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: Role of Accenture Workplace

  • Persons with Disabilities Learning Board

  • Persons with Disabilities: Recruiters Training