Accenture first appeared on the list in 2007 at number 50 and, this year, is ranked number 38. In both 2005 and 2006, Accenture was recognized on DiversityInc’s “25 Noteworthy Companies” list.
“We are honored to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity,” said Andre Hughes, managing director for U.S. Human Capital and Diversity at Accenture. “Building, maintaining and expanding an inclusive culture is central to Accenture’s ongoing success. Drawing together diverse qualities enables us to deliver innovation, paving the way for sustainable growth and helping clients achieve high performance.”
DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” evaluates companies’ dedication to diversity in the following areas: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications and supplier diversity. The rankings are based on a rigorous survey comprising more than 200 questions, which focus on company policies and programs in diversity as well as workforce statistics. Companies are also evaluated within their own industries, geographies and employee skill sets.
According to DiversityInc, the list reflects the corporate world’s increasing recognition of the importance of good diversity management throughout all aspects of business, as well as its importance to increasing profitability. For-profit companies with at least 1,000 employees in the United States were eligible to be considered.
Competition for the ranking continues to grow. This year, 352 companies submitted applications – up 10 percent from last year and 100 percent over five years ago.
“The people of Accenture are our most important asset, and we take great pride in the fact that they come from a range of backgrounds and geographies and bring a vast array of skills and experience,” said Armelle Carminati-Rabasse, Accenture’s managing director of Human Capital and Diversity globally. “Simply put: a more diverse workforce enhances the performance of our global collaboration as well as the solutions we deliver to our clients.”
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 178,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$19.70 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2007. Its home page is www.accenture.com.