We believe the future workforce is an equal one. Gender equality is a global issue, an essential element of an inclusive, innovative workplace and key to competitiveness. To that end, we are committed to supporting the goals and aspirations of our more than 170,000 women around the globe, as attracting, inspiring and advancing women is critical to Accenture’s future.
The Accenture Women’s Network helps women find a vision of success that’s right for them, bringing to life our “Defining success. Your way.” theme. Through this online forum, women can share experiences and obtain advice, insights and inspiration from other women at Accenture.
In addition, our Women’s Employee Resource Groups—we have more than 100 local women’s networking groups in 40 countries—help women at Accenture take advantage of a range of networking and development opportunities. With an eye to the future, we are purposeful and transparent about identifying high-performing women and including them in our succession plans.
We actively develop the next generation of women leaders through a number of initiatives, including our CEO-sponsored global executive leadership program for our most senior women; customized training, such as our Developing High Performing Women and Women & Client Centricity courses, to help women grow as effective managers of people and our business; and our annual celebration of International Women’s Day, which we host in key locations around the world with our clients.
We also offer a wide range of benefits to help our employees manage the demands of work and life, with specific benefits geared to working women. This includes up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave for birth mothers, as well as up to eight weeks of paid time off for other primary caregivers and two weeks of paid time off for secondary caregivers.
Among the many recognitions we have received for our efforts to support women include being named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list; DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list; Anita Borg Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index; Working Mother's Best Companies for Working Mothers list; the National Association for Female Executives Top 50 Companies for Executive Women list; and the LATINA Style 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work For list.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.
Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.
We have set a new goal to achieve a gender-balanced workforce, with 50 percent women and 50 percent men, by 2025. This is another milestone in our journey to being the most inclusive and diverse company in the world. Our focus on attracting, inspiring and advancing women is critical to our future success, and we continue to set milestones on the path to gender equality.
Our Board of Directors includes 10 independent directors, three of whom are women, including our Lead Director.
Currently, women make up nearly 40 percent of our global workforce and 28 percent of Accenture executives (manager and above) are women. Women accounted for 30 percent of Accenture’s newly promoted managing directors in 2016, the largest percentage of women ever promoted to this level at Accenture and up from 29 percent in 2015.
We surpassed our goal to reach 40 percent women new hires worldwide by 2017 a year early. Currently, there are more than 170,000 women at Accenture - nearly 40 percent of our global workforce.
We are collaborating across business and government to further gender equality in teh workplace, with commitments that include the White House Equal Pay Pledge; Paradigm for Parity, which, with 35 other companies, establishes actions to achieve gender parity in the workplace by 2030; and Catalyst's CEO Champions for Change.
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