Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Accenture Foundation

Accenture Foundation provides support at corporate and local level. On a corporate level, they have a program called, 'Skills to Succeed'. Skills to Succeed is fundamental to their corporate citizenship efforts. In a fast changing, multi-polar world, skills are increasingly a key driver of economic empowerment for both individuals and communities. Skills to Succeed combines Accenture's passion, experience and their constant commitment to developing and nurturing talent with their high performance approach and it supports their efforts to make a significant and sustainable impact on the economic well-being of individuals, their families and their communities.

In the United States, Accenture teams with NPower to provide IT training that will prepare "at-risk" youth for employment.

During fiscal 2008, Accenture and Accenture Foundations committed over $14 million to charitable giving programs. Through their global giving efforts, Accenture helps individuals build skills to improve the economic well-being of their families and communities.

Accenture Foundation continues to evolve the Skills to Succeed program. The following are several key initiatives that illustrate their commitment to building skills that enable people to develop themselves to participate in and contribute to the economy:
  1. Accenture Development Partnerships is a group within Accenture that provides strategic advice and technical and project management support to non-profit organizations, NGOs, foundations and donor organizations operating in the development sector. We help these organizations achieve their social and economic development goals. Accenture employees who volunteer and are chosen for this program accept a salary reduction while serving on assignments ranging from three to six months, primarily in developing countries. Annually, more than 140 employees from 15 countries participated in Accenture Development Partnerships projects, delivering more than 12,500 people days of not-for-profit consulting services to 33 development organizations.

  2. Accenture is committed to providing pro bono or "no fee" consulting services for local not-for-profit organizations around the world. Annually, Accenture gives over 120,000 hours of pro bono services to not-for-profit organizations.

  3. Accenture offices in 16 countries participate in the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Business Partnership program. This provides the opportunity for employees to take a leave of absence volunteering their time and skills to work, often at the grass roots level, as an individual employee of a development organization.

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