The fourth in our series of profiles with good corporate citizens brings us to Accenture – a truly global organizations with offices in every populated continent in the world.
I sat down with Accenture’s global director of corporate citizenship, Jill Huntley, about what an organisation of its size can do to the benefit of the disadvantaged, and what value Accenture’s corporate citizenship programs bring it as a business.
Accentureis a large corporation. What would you say would be the critical components to your citizenship program?
Jill Huntley (JH): Yeah, well we have more than 200,000 employees now, so there’s definitely something we can do with great reach and depth. The work we do tends to be around social investment, community investment and working to contribute to the communities in which we operate as a company. And then making sure that we are responsible in an environmental sense in the way that we run our business and again, we have a heavy emphasis on enabling our employees to be part of that and to sort of feel that they are also able to manage their environmental footprint and so on.
What value does being seen as a good corporate citizen bring to an organisation such as Accenture?
JH:Well I think it brings tremendous value to everybody who is involved. And from our perspective, it’s a priority for us as a company and to our CEO, it’s a very values-driven set of activities and it’s something that we look to sort of embed across our whole organisation as a result. I think there’s tremendous value through the impact that we can have, the positive impact that we can have in the world where you know, a large and significant organisation. And that brings with it a certain level of responsibility but also opportunity to contribute and to have an impact.
And then there’s significant value I think to our people. We survey them every year and we know loud and clear from them that this is something that is very important to them. And if we are not able to support them in their own aspirations to be good corporate citizens, then they tell us pretty quickly. So you know it’s very sort of valuable in that sense, very motivational and aspirational and our people are very energetic and committed to being corporate citizens.