The Race Equality Award: Accenture

Finalist for Business in the Community's Race Equality Award 2019

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Accenture: Ambition to be the most inclusive organisation in the world sees a boost to BAME graduate applications 

As a leading global consulting and technology business, Accenture has a huge global footprint, with 459,000 employees in more than 120 countries. And it has a big ambition: to be the most inclusive and diverse organisation in the world by 2020. 

Inspiring more young black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees to join the ranks and thrive in the business is core to achieving this goal. In 2015, just 5.6% of new joiners were black, despite the company being well represented for BAME talent in both executive and non-executive roles. 

In response, Accenture has targets for the recruitment, progression and retention of black employees across the business. The UK Accelerate programme has been created to address specific BAME talent opportunities in recruitment, progression and retention. Rather than merely develop campaigns and initiatives based on anecdotal evidence, the programme is data-driven and insight-led, looking at race diversity across the full employee lifecycle. 

Last year saw the flagship Accelerate event bring together all black employees to support progression and foster community camaraderie. And monthly virtual sessions help to support career progression. To date, 340 black employees have participated in the Accelerate programme and there have been five new managing director positions promoted and filled by black staff. 

In the first half of 2018, black headcount grew by 10%, and by 34% in the past five years. Meanwhile, 47.7% of all graduate entry applications are from BAME applicants. The company says that the ability to reach this talent pool has supported overall growth as a business. 

The information in this impact story has been supplied by Accenture.