Accenture values being inclusive, not exclusive. Our working environment and culture is built on supporting and developing a diverse group of people. The way we see it, having a range of different perspectives can only be a good thing. It makes our business, and the services we provide to others, that much stronger. Which is why we take a wide view on abilities, age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression - and welcome individuality and difference.
We're committed to providing an inclusive environment for each and every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employee across the globe. This is done by not just talking about our intentions. We actively raise awareness and educate our people with:
- Training that builds awareness and understanding.
- Policies that promote equal treatment of employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, where permitted by law. Including some of the most progressive recruitment, promotion and retention policies in the world.
- Sponsorship of a global LGBTI Network and support community for transgender employees.
- LGBT Ally Program where employees outside the LGBT community act as catalysts for inclusion and to raise awareness of important equality issues.
- Benefits that are applied equally regardless of whether you have a same-sex or opposite sex partner in all the countries we operate in, and where permitted by law.
- Comprehensive health benefits in the USA for US-based transgender employees. Including coverage for hormone therapy, mental health counselling and transgender specific surgeries.
Our initiatives have been recognised globally by organisations that include the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity and the Australian Workplace Equality Index's Top 10 Employers for LGBT Employees.
Right around the globe, Accenture are supporting people with disabilities so that their working environment brings out their best. We're highly focused on integrating people with disabilities into our business.
Just some of our initiatives:
- Providing barrier free environments with a focus on accessibility.
- Facilitating assistive technology and workplace adjustments that help our employees perform their tasks to the highest possible standard.
- Non-discrimination, harassment and meritocracy policies.
- Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities throughout the month of December.
Sponsorship of a global People With Disability Champions Network that encourages networking, collaboration, mentoring and awareness-building activity.
Supporting indigenous communities
Having the right skills to open doors to meaningful, lasting employment or business ownership is critical. Through Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship program, we launched ‘Skills to Succeed’ in 2009 to address this need and to advance employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in markets around the world, including Australia and New Zealand.
Through our Skills to Succeed initiative in Australia and New Zealand, Accenture strives to make a positive impact on at-risk youth, Indigenous Australians, women in need and others who face challenges. We support non-profit organisations such as Many Rivers, AIME and Mission Australia that focus on seeing Indigenous Australians succeed.