Accenture recognised for efforts to support women-owned businesses in South Africa

Company receives prestigious Economic Empowerment Award

JOHANNESBURG; Sept. 26, 2016Accenture’s (NYSE: ACN) Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme (ESDP) has received Gender Mainstreaming Awards’ Economic Empowerment Award, which recognises organisations that foster the development and success of women-owned or women-managed businesses.

The Gender Mainstreaming Awards are an initiative of Business Engage Association NPC, a South African-based organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector. Now in its fourth year, the Gender Mainstreaming Awards also selected Accenture as a finalist for its Investing in Young Women Award and Empowerment of Women in the Community Award.

Accenture’s ESDP provides Black- and women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with access to the mainstream market, helping them achieve economic empowerment and contribute to job creation.

“SMEs make up a large number of formalised businesses in South Africa and are well positioned to increase job opportunities, especially for women,” said Zandile Njamela, Accenture’s ESDP lead. “Companies should recognise the vital role that SMEs play in economic growth and develop initiatives to help ensure their sustainable growth. Our Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme is a reflection of our overall commitment to driving inclusion and diversity, both within Accenture and throughout the fabric of our communities. By helping these women grow their own businesses, we are enabling Accenture, our clients and our local economies to benefit from the innovative contributions they provide.”

The award marks the latest in diversity recognition for Accenture in South Africa. In the past year, the company also has received the Women Empowerment in the Workplace, Mainstreaming Gender and Disability, Investing in Young Women and Diversity in the Workplace awards.

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