Enterprise and supplier development programme


In response to both global and local calls for more inclusion and diversity in the market, Accenture’s Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme applies global best-practice principles to scale and sustain the entrepreneurs and small business suppliers with whom we partner.

The aim is to increase the participation of black-owned SMEs within both our own supply chain and in the wider economy. We are realising this aim through our innovative Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme.

The stepping stone toward a more inclusive and empowered marketplace.

Adopting a blended approach, specifically packaged for the individual SME, we support our beneficiaries in building high-performing businesses through:

  1. Executive training targeted to elevate the business owner to be innovative in thinking, agile in business decision making, and be managers of high performing businesses

  2. Mentorship with a Senior Accenture Executive in the same line of delivery to guide the growth of the business

  3. Business Development Support and operational tools specific to the individual business based on the outcomes of the business GAP analysis.

  4. Early Payments of invoices in less than 10 days to help the SME to be cash-flow effective

  5. Access to Market through opportunities within our supply chain and/or that of our clients

  6. Collaborations with Accenture as a delivery partner at client engagements, (based on business demand).

6 Pillars

At Accenture, we embrace our responsibility to engage proactively with the businesses in the communities in which we live and work. One of the ways we do this is, as a global organisation, is through the Accenture Global Diverse Supplier Development Programme. The aim of these efforts is to create opportunities for qualified small enterprises to grow, nurture their businesses and engage in commerce with our organisation that helps promote our mutual success.

Likewise, here in South Africa, Accenture is committed to our Enterprise and Supplier Development strategy that accelerates the development and access to market of Black-Owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).



"One of those whose modesty is outshined only by their quality, who seem to have more to share, more time for others, endless energy for charitable projects and for investing in the next generation, Accenture’s MD of Resources, Kenneth Robinson is a rare character indeed."

Kenneth Robinson
MD Resources Accenture SA



The Accenture Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme is about mutual benefit. We guide your RFP response, recommend vetted small business partners, and advise with top tips on being a successful mentor in our programme. For more information on our Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme, email us.