Accenture Jumps to No. 23 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies List

Company #10 on “DiversityInc Top Ten Companies for Recruitment and Retention” and “DiversityInc Top Ten Global Diversity Companies” lists

NEW YORK; March 16, 2009 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named to The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list for the third consecutive year, jumping to No. 23 from the No. 38 spot last year. DiversityInc also awarded Accenture the No.10 position on both The DiversityInc Top Ten Companies for Recruitment and Retention and the DiversityInc Top Ten Global Diversity Companies lists.

DiversityInc, the leading publication on diversity and business, annually recognizes companies that exemplify meaningful diversity management through their corporate practice. The magazine examined four criteria — CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications, and supplier diversity — via a 200-question survey completed by the 401 companies vying for a coveted spot on the “DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity” list. Instrumental factors included companies’ policies, diversity programs and initiatives and workforce demographics.

Luke Visconti, DiversityInc’s CEO, emphasized Accenture’s accomplishments, noting, “Accenture has moved up significantly this year. The recognition is well deserved since this large global organization increasingly emphasized an inclusive workplace culture.”

LaMae Allen deJongh, managing director of U.S. Human Capital & Diversity at Accenture, said, “We are honored to be recognized once again for the quality of our inclusion and diversity programs. Respect for the individual is the essence of inclusion and diversity as well as a core value of Accenture — and is critical to our employees, the communities in which we live and work and, ultimately, to helping our clients achieve high performance. We look forward to the next steps on our inclusion and diversity journey.”

Accenture offers a variety of programs to employees that demonstrate the company’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, including:

· Training and Development Programs. In addition to offering a variety of live and online diversity training sessions, Accenture provides customized training and education programs that include “Developing High Performing Women,” “Diversity Management Maturity Assessment” and “Power of Inclusion.”

· Employee Resource Groups. Twelve Accenture employee groups provide opportunities for employees who have an affinity to network around similar challenges and opportunities, such as common background, gender, race, culture, interest and/or experiences.

· Work/Life Initiatives. These flexible work options allow employees to balance work-life issues, deal with unexpected family problems or take time off to pursue an interest. Among the more than two dozen work-life initiatives that Accenture offers are flexible work arrangements (i.e., job-sharing, telecommuting, modified work week), eldercare and stress management.

About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With more than 186,000 people serving clients in over 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2008. Its home page is

About DiversityInc Launched in 1997, DiversityInc is the leading business publication connecting diversity and the bottom line, with 1 million unique monthly visitors. includes the largest diversity job board in the nation. DiversityInc also produces events and conducts benchmarking, custom research and consulting.


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