Accenture

"At Accenture, technology-led innovation is at the heart of our business and one of the foundation blocks of high performance for our clients.  Clearly, STEM skills are critical to our success.  But more than that, they transform businesses, lives and communities – and we must do what we can to encourage young people to pursue STEM professions."

- Jorge Benitez, Chief Executive, U.S.

Why is your company signing the Commitment to Excellence?

Accenture believes strongly in the importance of STEM.  Almost every industry – from financial services and utilities to chemicals and health care — will demand STEM talent in the next decade, and we must find ways to meet this need or business will suffer.  The Commitment to Excellence will help address this need.

What are your company’s specific PreK-12 STEM interests (e.g. computer programming, robotics, engineering, etc.)?

A first job can open doors to a lifetime of career opportunities for a young adult. As part of our Skills to Succeed initiative, we work to prepare young adults, ages 16-24, for the workforce and equip them with the professional skills employers seek. We focus our efforts on socio-economically disadvantaged young adults and work with strategic partners to provide learning experiences, resources, training, mentoring, and internships.

What PreK-12 STEM programs, particularly those contained in STEMworks, does your company support?

Accenture is a founding sponsor of Million Women Mentors, a movement that aims to educate and empower one million women and girls to pursue STEM education and careers.  We also aim to educate and empower men and boys, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Please share ways in which your company collaborates with state/local organizations or other companies around STEM learning.

  • In summer 2013, Accenture and our nonprofit partner KIPP, a national network of charter schools, placed more than 250 interns around the United States, including 40 interns at Accenture.
  • Our Washington DC Metro location sponsored the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST ) Robotics Competition Greater D.C. Regional.  Accenture’s team, the Robopanthers, comprises KIPP students and is supported by Accenture volunteers.
  • In early 2014, Accenture hosted 59 young women, including almost 30 Girl Scouts from Northeast Texas, for a STEM mentoring day at our Dallas office.  

At the college level, in January 2014 we launched the Future Technology Leaders initiative, a global effort to support undergraduate interest in STEM careers and increase both the number of students with STEM degrees and their employability. This year, Accenture will team with more than 35 universities in 20 countries on the program.