Accenture announces a commitment of more than US$200 million over the next three years to help equip people around the world with job skills for the digital age.
Accenture’s commitment will help support Skills to Succeed, Tech4Good, Accenture Development Partnerships and related Accenture initiatives.
“As a technology leader, we have an obligation to apply new scalable technology solutions to help solve complex societal challenges,” said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO. “Our investments will continue to empower Accenture to produce socially minded partnerships and programs that will have a profound impact on the lives of millions of people throughout the world, now and for the future.”
Rekha M. Menon, chairman and sr. managing director, Accenture in India, said, “In India we are focused on providing skills to help disadvantaged people get jobs and start businesses, and under Skills to Succeed we’ve collaborated with strategic non-profit organizations and used digital technologies to deliver impact at scale. So far, we’ve enabled more than 380,000 people including women and people with disabilities, to earn livelihoods for themselves, and create employment for others.”
Accenture together with a network of nonprofits and other ecosystem partners, the company claims to have equipped 2.2 million people with the skills to get a job or build a business, with a goal of equipping a total of more than 3 million people by 2020.
“The opportunity to improve lives requires collaboration across business, government and non-governmental organizations,” Nanterme said. “As leaders weigh new technologies and applications, we all must ask ourselves: Does this benefit the next generation? If the answer is yes, it’s the right thing to do.”