No. 7 | Accenture

FROM DIVERSITYINC

  • At Accenture, women now account for more than 42 percent of their global workforce, with more than 195,000 female employees. The company is working to achieve its goal of a gender-balanced workforce by 2025.
  • In 2018, Accenture provided nearly 6,000 members of their Women’s Employee Resource Groups in the US with a range of networking opportunities to aid career advancement, work/life balance, recruiting, external relations and community access.
  • Accenture expanded their official Pride Networks around the world to 45 with the addition of three new countries (Poland, Israel and Mauritius) and increased their worldwide LGBT ally network to over 100,000 allies –more than five times FY17.
  • Accenture’s Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) is a formal, 12-to 18-month program that matches senior Accenture executive mentors with diverse supplier “protégé” companies to help them grow their businesses. The goal is to pair DSDP protégés with Accenture executive mentors in their industry who can provide more-targeted, experience-based guidance.

FROM THE COMPANY

Accenture is committed to accelerating equality for all and to creating a work environment in which every one of its 477,000 people feels like they belong. The company believes that equality drives innovation, creativity and competitive advantage.

The company’s commitment starts at the top: Leaders at all levels are expected to help create and sustain a culture of equality. For transparency and to build trust, Accenture publishes its U.S. workforce demographics for gender, ethnicity, persons with disabilities and military veterans annually.

It also set bold goals—in the U.S., by 2020, it plans to increase the number of women in its workforce to at least 40 percent and recruit at least 5,000 military veterans and spouses.

Globally, the company plans to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and increase the percentage of women managing directors to 25 percent by 2020. Currently, women comprise 43 percent of the company’s workforce and 47 percent of new hires.

Internally, Accenture hosts its annual “Inclusion & Diversity Excellence Awards” to celebrate its innovative programs, initiatives, and people. These awards are people-driven, with employee votes determining the global winners.

The company publishes annual thought leadership to advance the conversation on workplace equality. Its research, “Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage,” found that companies that embrace best practices for employing and supporting more persons with disabilities in their workforce have outperformed their peers.

Also, “Getting to equal 2019: Creating a Culture That Drives Innovation” is the first research in the marketplace to prove that a workplace culture of equality is a powerful multiplier of innovation and growth. Additionally, Accenture is a signatory of the Business Statement on Transgender Equality and Employers for Pay Equity Pay Pledge as well as a member of the HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act and Paradigm for Parity.

DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

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Julie Sweet
Chief Executive Officer – North America

“In this era of widespread disruption, businesses and organizations need to respond with continuous innovation to succeed. Our research makes it clear that tapping the power of workplace culture is essential to unleashing innovation across the company.”

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Michelle Gadsden-Williams
North America Inclusion & Diversity Lead

“Accelerating equality in the workplace has never been more critical for driving innovation. If people feel a sense of belonging and are valued by their employers for their unique contributions, perspectives, and circumstances, they are more likely to advance and feel empowered to innovate.”

COMPANY FACTS

ACN (NYSE)

U.S. Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Global Employees: 477,000

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 9

OTHER DIVERSITYINC LISTS

  • No. 2 Supplier Diversity
  • No. 3 People with Disabilities
  • No. 12 Mentoring
  • No. 12 Sponsorship
  • LGBT Employees