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Accenture yesterday (15 June) announced that it will achieve a gender-balanced workforce, with 50% women, and 50% men by 2025.
In the press release, Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO, Accenture said: “Diversity makes our business stronger and more innovative and, most important, it makes the world a better place.”
“With this new goal, we are sending an important message to our people and our clients confirming our commitment to a gender-balanced workforce,” he continued.
Accenture’s workforce currently consists of 150,000 women, making nearly 40% of its global workforce. Over the past several years the company has set milestones on the path to gender equality. These include:
- Setting a goal to reach 40% women new hires by 2017 – and achieving it a year early
- Promoting its largest percentage of women to the managing director level in 2016 (30%)
- Growing its percentage of women managing directors to 25% globally by 2020
As part of its efforts to achieve a gender-balanced workforce, Accenture has taken a number of steps to attract, retain, advance and sponsor women such as:
- Sponsoring the company’s most senior women to advance in P&L roles.
Since its inception six years ago, approximately 80% of the women in the global executive leadership programme have been promoted or have significantly expanded their areas of responsibility.
- Delivering on a commitment to transparency.
The company has set and published clear, measurable targets to grow its number of women, and has published its workforce demographics in many countries including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Japan, India and ASEAN countries.
- Launching initiatives that provide women with in-demand skills.
For example, the company’s Women in Technology programme helps fast-track the careers of high-performing women toward the position of Technical Architect, a high-demand and short-supply role.
- Collaborating across business and government to further gender equality in the workplace, with commitments that include the White House Equal Pay Pledge, Paradigm for Parity, and Catalyst CEO Champions for Change.
On this note, Ellyn Shook, chief leadership and human resources officer, Accenture commented: “We embrace diversity as a source of creativity and competitive advantage.”
“As we work toward ‘50 by 25,’ our ultimate goal is to create a truly human environment where people have a real sense of belonging, where they can show up every day, be who they are and be their best, both professionally and personally,” she concluded.
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