Dr Michelle Cullen hosting the Accenture International Women’s Day event on 8 March. Image: Luke Maxwell

Accenture set to close the gender gap by 2025

15 Jun 2017

Multinational company Accenture commits to having a completely gender-balanced workforce by 2025.

With so many multinationals under fire for their large gender gaps, Accenture plans to blow them all out of the water with its latest commitment to have a workforce made up of 50pc women by 2025.

Diversity and gender balance have always been part of Accenture’s strong core values, having sponsored Inspirefest since its first year in 2015. Additionally, the tech firm hosts an International Women’s Day event every year. These make up just two of the bigger diversity events that Accenture is involved with.

Now, it’s pushing the envelope even more by committing to a completely gender-balanced workforce by 2025.

Accenture’s second goal is to have 25pc women managing directors by 2020, just three years away.

While this is no small feat, and will be a major revolution in the move towards more gender-balanced companies globally, it won’t be as difficult a task for a company as committed as Accenture.

With women making up almost 40pc of its global workforce already, Accenture is noted to be doing better than most when it comes to gender balance.

Accenture also has a glowing record for smashing its own targets when it comes to gender balance, including reaching the 40pc goal a year early and promoting its largest percentage of women to managing director levels last year.

“We embrace diversity as a source of creativity and competitive advantage,” said Ellyn Shook, chief leadership and human resources officer at Accenture.

“As we work toward ‘50 by 25,’ our ultimate goal is to create a truly human environment where people have a real sense of belonging, where they can show up every day, be who they are and be their best, both professionally and personally.”

As well as Inspirefest sponsorship, Accenture sponsors its own senior women to advance in partner and leadership roles.

What’s more, the company publishes measurable targets to grow its female workforce and has launched initiatives that provide women with in-demand skills, such as the Women in Technology programme.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the deputy editor of Silicon Republic in 2020, having worked as the careers editor until June 2019. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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