“Our Journey, Our Progress” explores commitments, goals and performance
NEW YORK; March 31, 2010– Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today issued its 2008-2009 Corporate Citizenship Report, “Our Journey, Our Progress,” which explores the company’s global corporate citizenship activities and sustainability initiatives, as well as its progress and challenges. It is available online in an interactive format at www.accenture.com/Corporate_Citizenship_Report.
The report also serves as Accenture’s first Communication on Progress to the United Nations Global Compact, which the company signed in January 2008.
The report highlights Accenture’s new corporate citizenship focus, Skills to Succeed, which educates people around the world, building skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy. It also focuses on the company’s environmental stewardship efforts, including its commitment to reducing its per capita carbon footprint 40 percent by the end of fiscal 2012 from its 2007 baseline and its work helping clients achieve high performance through sustainability.
“This report represents a milestone for Accenture,” said William D. Green, Accenture’s chairman & CEO. “We are well on our way to aligning our corporate citizenship initiatives with Skills to Succeed,which emphasizes the importance of education and nurturing talent, and we continue to make significant strides in our environmental stewardship.”
Other key elements of the report include:
- Corporate governance – Accenture’s Code of Business Ethics, corporate citizenship governance and monitoring and compliance approach, as well as its goal of attaining completion rates for Ethics and Compliance training of 100 percent in fiscal 2010
- People – the importance of Accenture’s core values, its Human Capital Strategy, programs aimed at supporting an inclusive, diverse environment and training and development efforts, such as investing nearly $800 million in training employees in fiscal 2009
- Suppliers – the company’s supply chain sustainability and diversity efforts, such as the launch of its Supplier Standards of Conduct and the fact that 98 percent of all Accenture Procurement RFPs issued in fiscal 2009 included environmental questionnaires
“Running a sustainable organization—in every sense of the term—has become central to high-performance business and governments,” said Adrian Lajtha, Accenture’s chief leadership officer. “This report reflects Accenture’s commitment to embedding sustainability into our business and to making a measurable difference to the long-term vibrancy and vitality of people and communities around the world.”
This is Accenture’s first report that uses the Global Reporting Index (GRI) G3 Guidelines as a foundation for its reporting approach. Additionally, the report includes a Performance Data Summary, which quantifies the progress made on reduced carbon emissions and provides data on indicators such as ethics and compliance training rates, Accenture Foundations contributions, women new hires and procurement spend to diverse suppliers.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 181,000 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. Accenture is committed to being a good corporate citizen – dedicated to minimizing its environmental impact and helping individuals around the world build skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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