Accenture Foundations Provide Leonard Cheshire Disability Additional US$2 Million to Expand Training Programs to the Philippines and South Asia
Grant is part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship focus, Skills to Succeed
LONDON; August 31, 2011 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Leonard Cheshire Disability today announced that the Accenture Foundations have awarded the charity an additional grant of US$2,050,000 to expand their Access to Livelihoods program, which currently provides people with disabilities in South Asia with training and career opportunities.
The new initiative aims to bring job skills to at least 8,750 people in the Philippines and South Asia. With this grant Accenture’s direct support to Leonard Cheshire Disability totals more than US$2.5 million since 2008. The three-year award is aligned with Accenture’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
To date, the two-year Access to Livelihoods pilot, run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, has provided vocational or business start-up training to more than 1,500 people, approximately two-thirds of whom are now employed.
In addition to the grant, Accenture employees will volunteer and help trainees in the Leonard Cheshire Disability program prepare for the workforce through one-on-one mentoring, resume preparation, and job and career fair support.
“Supporting Leonard Cheshire Disability helps bring to life Accenture’s commitment to equipping people with the skills to get a job or build a business,” said Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer at Accenture. “Leonard Cheshire Disability has had a substantial impact in South Asia proving it’s possible to make a lasting impact on the economic well-being of disabled individuals by developing skills and connecting people with the right job opportunities.”
“People with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. We are delighted that Accenture has extended the partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability for a further three years,” said Tanya Barron, international director at Leonard Cheshire Disability. “The grant enables us to extend our reach to thousands more people with disabilities, supporting them by providing training and skills for the workplace. This initiative will make a huge difference to the beneficiaries and their families, giving them more independence and choice.”
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 223,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. 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. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business The company generated net revenues of US$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Leonard Cheshire Disability
Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of people with disabilities in the UK and works in more than 50 countries. We campaign for change and provide innovative services that give people with disabilities the opportunity to live life their way. Visit www.LCDisability.org
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