Skills to Succeed
April 14, 2010, 2:24 pm
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“Skills to Succeed combines our passion, experience and commitment to developing and nurturing talent. It guides our efforts to make a significant impact on the economic well-being of individuals, families and communities around the world.”—Jill Huntley, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship

Skills to Succeed provides a focus to Accenture’s corporate citizenship efforts, which enables us to increase the impact our efforts achieve. It combines our passion, experience and our constant commitment to developing and nurturing talent and provides a focus to Accenture’s corporate citizenship efforts, enabling us to increase the impact our efforts achieve.

Developing the skills and talent of our people is at the heart of our business—it is what we do every day. In a fast-changing, multi-polar world, skills are a key driver of economic empowerment for both individuals and communities, and it is more critical than ever to have the right skills to build confidence and capabilities that will open doors to employment and independence. We believe our focus will have a significant and lasting effect on the economic well-being of individuals and their communities.

Accenture is working with leading nonprofit organizations around the world to improve the lives of people and their communities, including in:

  • India, where we’re teaming with Oxfam to help farmers develop new skills that will generate more value from local supply chains and secure enhanced economic opportunities.
  • Brazil, where, with Conexão, we are offering free training in market-relevant skills for people who are unemployed, as well as free consulting services for small entrepreneurs.
  • Spain, where our model partnership with enabling organizations is training migrant groups in the specialized technology skills that will allow them to enter the Spanish job market.
  • The United States, where we’re teaming with NPower to provide IT training that will prepare “at-risk” youth for employment.

Bringing Skills to Succeed to Life
Through employment-building, business-building and market-building initiatives, our people are bringing Skills to Succeed to life:

  • Helping people gain employment
    Securing a job and sustainable income requires practical skills. For millions of people, economic hardship, poor educational systems or a lack of local business infrastructure make it difficult to develop such skills. Working with key organizations, Accenture is helping people acquire the skills they need to gain employment. For example, we team with Genesys Works, a US nonprofit that provides high school students from inner cities with information technology, engineering drafting and accounting/finance training, and then places them in part-time jobs during their senior year. Read more in our Corporate Citizenship Report.
  • Helping people create employment for others
    Although entrepreneurs often have mastered the skills for specific tasks, they may lack the knowledge needed to build profitable businesses.

    Skills to Succeed initiatives can help by strengthening leadership capabilities; assisting in the development of business plans and strategies; helping to establish core competencies in areas such as financial operations, hiring policies and customer service; and providing access to mentors and other resources.

    Such skills enable individuals to create employment and wealth for both themselves and others. Our longstanding relationship with Enablis Entrepreneurial Network, a Canadian nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs in developing countries is one example. Read more in our Corporate Citizenship Report.

  • Helping people create markets
    Finally, Skills to Succeed initiatives enable individuals and businesses to come together to foster economic growth. In many places around the world, a lack of market infrastructure constrains a person’s desire to grow their business.

    The most challenging—but also the most significant—part of Skills to Succeed is working with nonprofits and our clients to help people build markets for their businesses. For example, we teamed with the US Agency for International Development’s Growth Oriented Micro-Enterprise Development (GMED) on its program that works to improve the success of small farmers around the world through access to better information on agricultural and marketing practices. Read more in our Corporate Citizenship Report.

Driving Change at Scale
Through our long-term relationships with leading nonprofit organizations, we work to improve the lives of people and communities around the world. To accelerate our momentum and expand the number of those we are able to assist, our global and corporate giving now focuses on supporting Skills to Succeed efforts.

This focus began in September 2009 and includes all of our global giving from the Accenture Foundations and much of our corporate giving. In addition, our employees are supporting Skills to Succeed through their individual fundraising efforts, giving and volunteering efforts. We also have developed a global operating model to help align all aspects of our corporate citizenship activities around Skills to Succeed in a mutually supportive way. Learn more about our global giving efforts and grantees.

We believe building skills that enable people to develop themselves to participate in and contribute to the economy will always be relevant—whether building new skills or re-skilling for greater economic success, and whether it is in Nairobi or New York.

Through aligning our transformed corporate citizenship capabilities behind Skills to Succeed, Accenture has the opportunity to make a substantive, meaningful and sustainable contribution not only for individuals and their families, but for entire communities.

Skills to Succeed videos

These videos feature Accenture leadership discussing why Skills to Succeed is important and highlight some of our partnerships.


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