Accenture set to achieve gender balanced workforce by 2025
The company currently employees 150,000 women, who make up nearly 40% of Accenture’s global workforce.
Accenture, a global management consulting and professional services company, has revealed plans to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025. To date, the company employs 150,000 women, equating to 40%, in its global workforce.
The past few years has seen numerous milestones achieved by Accenture, which include reaching 40% of new hires being female in 2016, as well as promoting a large percentage (30%) of women to managing director positions in 2016.
Currently, the company is aiming to grow the number of female managing directors to 25% globally by 2020.
Pierre Nanterme, Accenture's chairman and CEO, said: "We believe strongly that gender equality is essential for a high-performing, innovation-led organization.
"Diversity makes our business stronger and more innovative and, most important, it makes the world better. With this new goal, we are sending an important message to our people and our clients that our future workforce is an equal workforce."
In order to reach its final goal, Accenture has committed resources supporting the development of its female employees. These include sponsoring a global executive leadership program for the company's most senior female staff, as well launching initiatives geared in developing in-demand skills for women.
The company has also committed itself to several collaboration projects, which include White House Equal Pay Pledge, Paradigm for Parity, and Catalyst CEO Champions for Change.
Omar Boulos, regional managing director of Accenture in the Middle East and North Africa, commented: "As we work toward ‘50 by 2025', globally and in the Middle East region, our 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."