As part of its merriment of International Women’s Day, Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) reported that women now comprise for 41% of its global workforce compared to just under 40% in June 2017, when the firm first reported its objective of attaining a gender-balanced workforce by 2025.
Pierre Nanterme, the CEO and Chairman of Accenture, expressed that they consider that the future workforce stands as an equal one, and their goal is to be the most diverse and inclusive firm in the world. Their diversity makes them stronger and they welcome it as a source of creativity, innovation and competitive differentiation.
Accenture presently has more than 170,000 females in its global workforce. In the past many years the firm has set and achieved milestones on the course to having women comprise for 50% of its workforce by 2025. Accenture exceled its objective of having women constitute 40% of new hires globally by 2017. The firm achieved this goal in 2016, and last year women constituted 45% of new hires.
Ellyn Shook, the Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, expressed that while they are delighted with their progress, advancing and attracting their women remains to be a major priority. Establishing goals and making them public enables them to collaborate with their clients, communities and people to support the pace of change. It takes comprehensive action and bold leadership to establish a culture of equality where all can advance and thrive.
More recently, Accenture posted new research named “Getting to Equal 2018,” which demonstrates that advancing a culture of equality reveals women’s potential and unearths the major drivers of a workplace culture. By identifying the elements that can nurture a culture of equality, the research report helps leaders of organizations and businesses define and execute strategies to bridge the gender gap in career pay and advancement.