How can Accenture accelerate sustainable development?

This question is at the heart of ASAP and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned about Accenture. There is a lot to say about Accentures sustainability work and the content on this page is a selection made by the ASAP team. The aim is to provide some thoughts and insights into their industry, its challenges and opportunities, and to focus on Accenture as a change agent for a sustainable society. In other words, how Accenture can use its leadership in innovation to accelerate sustainable development. Want to learn more? Check out Accentures own links at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!!

Did you know?

  • Number of employees: 492 000 worldwide, 1400 in Sweden.
  • Where you operate (markets): Worldwide in more than 120 countries.
  • Equality equals innovation – Accenture strives to achieve a gender-balanced workforce with 50 percent women and 50 percent men by 2025.
  • The CEO is Julie Sweet.
  • 100% of all electricity in Accenture’s offices in Sweden are from renewable sources.
  • Every year Accenture invests over 8000 hours for their employees to drive consulting projects at organizations in the development sector.
  • Accenture reduced their emissions from air travel by 20% last year.

 

Trends and insights

The global economic and social uncertainties of the post-digital era, coupled with ongoing technology change, continue to upend markets and intensify competition. At the same time, the power of intelligent technologies is radically disrupting long-standing paradigms and eroding trust. Accenture believes that businesses must step up and positively impact society at a scale that makes a difference. In times of disruption, trust is paramount. Organizations have an opportunity to create and maintain trust by responding to growing demands for inclusive and responsible business, and by innovating with integrity.

Sustainability has always been fundamental to the way Accenture operates. Guided by their responsibility to their people, clients, communities and the environment, they use their understanding of technology and its impact to help create more-inclusive societies that offer more opportunities to more people. Together, they are working to improve the lives of millions: now and for the next generation.

Accenture is using the power of new technologies, such as AI, blockchain and extended reality, to address a variety of complex societal challenges in areas including health, human rights, inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Through these technologies, Accenture can create solutions that make a positive and lasting impact for people and communities in ways that were not previously possible.

 

Ideas can change the world

Accenture is applying the passion and expertise of their people, their deep knowledge of technology and its impact, and their strategic partnerships, to create innovations that help address urgent social issues. At Accenture, individuals can inspire a movement. Their Social Innovators initiative brings to the centre the passion of Accenture people for discovering and creating new solutions with a positive impact on society. With opportunities ranging from sustainability projects, with both clients and partners in the development sector; to social innovation hackathons, together with the ecosystem around societal challenges, all employees can be a part of the journey towards a sustainable future.

 

Driving circular innovation

Climate action is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the shift to a low-carbon economy will require collaboration between businesses, governments and nongovernmental organizations around the world. Accenture is committed to working side by side with their clients and other key stakeholders as responsible stewards of the environment. They help their clients define and achieve their sustainability goals through integrating sustainable approaches into their strategies, operating models, processes, and technologies. For example, implementing new circular business models enabled by the use of digital technologies, while reducing waste and optimizing resource use.

Building trust in the digital age

A commitment to ethics, human rights and strong corporate governance, are key elements of Accenture’s business strategy. By designing responsibly, they are considering the extended consequences of each new innovation, both positive and negative, on people, our planet, and the economy. Accenture’s commitment to digital responsibility means ensuring that they adopt, and help their clients adopt, new technologies, including AI, in an ethical and responsible manner. At Accenture, they define Responsible AI as, “the practice of using AI, with good intention, to empower employees and businesses and to fairly impact customers and society, allowing companies to engender trust and scale AI with confidence.”

Future challenges and opportunities

Sustainability is the new normal when driving innovation that improves the way the world work and lives. In today’s world companies, cities and economies must urgently rethink traditional systems and shift towards more sustainable models. Both public and private sector decision makers now need to manage the complex connections between environmental, social and economic factors.  Our goal is to help organizations put sustainability at the heart of their strategies, policies and activities. As social innovators, we are using our understanding of innovation and new technologies and its impact on people to develop inclusive, responsible and sustainable solutions to complex business and societal challenges. In essence, a global sustainability transformation is underway, where issues that once lingered on the periphery now form core elements of corporate strategy and public policy. Accenture advise the world’s leading companies and policy makers on sustainability strategy, solutions and innovation.

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