U.S. Headquarters: New York City
Global Employees: 261,000
U.S. Employees: 38,320
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 12
Why It’s on the List
On the list for the seventh year in a row, Accenture moves into the top 10 for the first time. The company has made significant strides in its talent-development efforts for people from underrepresented groups. Accenture has metrics-driven succession-planning programs and special training and education for high-potential employees, especially women.
The mentoring program is available throughout the organization, and mentors and mentees receive cultural-competency training. Accenture also has a sponsorship program for high-potential employees. The company has strong resource groups, and each one has a managing-director-level executive sponsor, with all the executive sponsors meeting quarterly to discuss metrics and trends.
Accenture has a visible and effective supplier-diversity program, which includes a formal mentoring program for suppliers, with one-on-one sessions and quarterly training symposiums. This includes outreach to LGBT suppliers and an assessment of all suppliers to ensure they promote LGBT equality in their own companies.
The company is also supportive of people with disabilities, with a dedicated recruiter focusing on this demographic and relationships with disability-recruiting organizations.
The support for D&I comes from the top of the organization. Chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme is a global advocate for inclusion and meets every quarter with resource groups, including small-group and virtual meetings. The top two levels of the organization all participate in the formal, cross-cultural mentoring program, which is available throughout the organization. Executive compensation is tied to diversity goals and is part of executive performance reviews.
Nanterme has been a strong supporter of Accenture’s remarkable Skills to Succeed program, which aims by 2015 to equip 500,000 people globally with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company is working with more than 200 nonprofits around the world.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 7 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
- No. 10 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities
- No. 7 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity
Chairman and CEO
“Diversity makes Accenture a better company on every dimension. Our unique ability to bring together multiple perspectives, backgrounds, cultures and skills—reflecting the clients we serve around the world—is extremely powerful in driving innovation and being relevant to our clients’ needs. This is part of what we call the Accenture Way.”
Managing Director – Global Inclusion & Diversity
“Embracing an inclusive culture that supports diverse talent helps our people be successful and enables Accenture to effectively compete in the global marketplace. Diversity is a critical strength that we work hard to maintain and foster. It makes us a better company in every regard.”