Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Our 624,000 people have unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, serving clients in more than 120 countries. Accenture’s purpose is to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity and our commitment to our people, clients and communities is to accelerate equality for all. Our purpose and our commitment drive our innovation agenda, helps us deliver 360 value, and ensures we act as a responsible business leader.
How does Accenture support diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community?
A culture of equality is at the heart of who we are as a team and company. We strive to create an engaged, healthy and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong and have opportunities to advance and thrive. One of many ways we achieve this goal is through our Employee Resource Groups which create community and showcase the vibrancy of our diverse workforce.
We demonstrate our steadfast commitment to empower our current and future employees and people in our local communities. Recent examples include our 17th annual International Women’s Day celebration featuring award-winning actress and activist Viola Davis, our Pride Month partnership with the Golden State Warriors, and the San Francisco Design Week workshop on unconscious bias and non-binary voice assistance technology. We are also proud to have launched our Accessibility Center inside our San Francisco Innovation Hub this year. This Center drives inclusion in the workplace by humanizing technology: offering persons with disabilities and their teams and clients the unique tools, support and technology they need to be successful.
How is Accenture helping San Francisco businesses and people?
Partnering with the Chamber’s WELL community, we piloted a cohort program this summer to empower San Francisco women-owned small businesses and mid-level managers to learn, lead, and interact with the community in a purposeful way. We hope to expand this effort with more participants in 2022.
We are proud to have partnered with the State of California, Salesforce, and Amazon Web Services on COVID-19 effort last year. A data management platform and contact capabilities that we jointly launched enabled contract tracing at speed and scale. Our Northern California team has teamed up with the San Francisco Office of Civic Innovation for multiple pro bono projects through their Civic Bridge program. We created a communication framework to achieve effective and engaging communication with frontline essential workers at the San Francisco International Airport. We also developed tools and templates, a framework, and videos for the San Francisco Police Department to help them implement strategic initiatives more effectively and better serve the community. We have just kicked off a third Civic Bridge program this month, working with the Human Rights Commission to measure the impact of the Dream Keeper Initiative on San Francisco’s black community.
Accenture invests in nonprofits that are serving the most vulnerable, empowering people with tech skilling, and advancing equity and sustainability goals. We are also passionate about giving back to the communities through volunteering. A team of Accenture volunteers recently removed over 65 pounds of trash and 7,000 pounds of invasive plants from Ocean Beach’s coastal shoreline.
What is Accenture doing to build an inclusive career pathway?
Our goal is to build a better future together with other companies and our federal, state and local government leaders, nonprofits and the people of our communities.
We believe that building a diverse talent pipeline is not only critical to our success, but for the prosperity of our communities. In collaboration with Aon and leading community organizations including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, we successfully launched the Northern California Apprenticeship Network this spring. Our goal is to create new career pathways to high demand roles through technology apprenticeships at scale.
We actively hire veterans and military spouses, collaborate with LGBTQ student groups on campus recruiting events, and onboard trainees with disabilities in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Our efforts to promote equality, fight racism and bigotry, and create more equal employment and advancement opportunities have led to unique programs such as Black Founders Development Program and FutureofU.
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