APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
In 2011, Accenture committed to the following initiatives with key strategic partners, as part of its larger Skills to Succeed program:
-Plan International: Accenture is supporting Plan International's work to provide training and career opportunities to approximately 3,500 underprivileged young people in India and Vietnam to prepare them for jobs in industries such as information technology, customer relations, business process outsourcing and electronic repair.
-Save the Children: In China, Accenture is teaming with Save the Children to provide migrant young people in Shanghai and Beijing with vocational and life skills, helping them to secure work opportunities that will enable them to become active members of their local communities and find their place in society. Accenture's goal is to train 10,000 migrant young people 16 - 25 years of age.
-Youth Business International (YBI): Accenture is helping YBI provide its global network with improved tools, funding, mentoring and training to help more than 14,000 disadvantaged young people become successful business entrepreneurs
-International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC): In China, Haiti, Peru and the Philippines, Accenture is helping IFRC and Red Crescent Societies to increase their ability to support vulnerable people, enabling them - in the wake of disasters and more generally - to secure livelihoods and play a part in the economy. The livelihoods of at least 20,000 people will be improved as a direct result of these interventions, with anticipated benefits to many more.
-Junior Achievement (JA): In Europe, Accenture is working with JA-YE to provide innovative education programs to expose some 30,000 young people in skills associated with employability, entrepreneurship and economics. The program, 'Enterprise without Borders,' encourages student companies to collaborate and do business across borders.
By adopting a global focus on skills development, Accenture is driving measurable impact through its long-term relationships with strategic partners - leading organizations that share its skills-building goals. Accenture explored the company's local markets around the world to develop the most effective partnerships that will have maximum Skills to Succeed impact. The company also offers its people volunteering opportunities with many of these organizations, and the energy, commitment and skills of its people help to extend the impact of Skills to Succeed initiatives.
Additionally, Accenture and the Accenture Foundations will contribute more than US$100 million over three years - in cash, as well as pro bono contributions of time and Accenture employee skills - to support the company's corporate citizenship efforts.
Every Skills to Succeed-related investment Accenture makes and every new Skills to Succeed relationship it builds with non-governmental organizations, development agencies and other organizations is geared to developing skills to help people get jobs, build businesses and improve their communities. The company currently has more than 200 such initiatives around the world.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
This approach is being implemented across the 123 countries in which Accenture does business, with anticipated impact extending beyond these territories to include places where the need is great, but where the company does not have a presence. The company will report on its progress annually, beginning with its 2010-2011 corporate citizenship report, which will be published in March 2012.
The numbers will be provided by Accenture's strategic partners. In order to avoid burdening them with additional reporting requirements associated with Accenture's grant-making and other commitments, the company will work within established reporting timelines and processes. Where such processes do not exist, the company will work with partners to help implement better outcome reporting across their scope of work, as it relates to Skills to Succeed initiatives.
In a time of global economic uncertainty and record joblessness, the need is greater than ever to have the right skills to build confidence and capabilities that will open doors to employment and independence. Accenture's commitment is aimed at making a sustainable difference to the long-term economic security of individuals, families and communities around the world.
This commitment stems from the fact that corporate citizenship is fundamental to Accenture's character and the way it runs its company as a high-performance business. It is anchored in the company's core values and Code of Business Ethics and, ultimately, it is reflected in the actions of its people. Its people's passion, experience and commitment to nurturing talent fuel its initiatives - and demonstrate the impact business can have when it harnesses its talents to make a difference. Developing people to achieve higher levels of performance has long been a key competence and hallmark of Accenture, and the company believes that building skills that enable people to participate in and contribute to the economy will always be relevant - whether building new skills or re-skilling for greater economic success, and whether it is in Nairobi or New York.