The benefits of creating an equal workplace
As part of modern sustainability practices, many businesses are working towards diversity. But how does this lead to improved business performance? In this regular column, we examine different approaches to implementing sustainable practices—and how they have paid off.
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Committing to sustainability also means paying systematic attention to employee remuneration, equality, diversity and inclusion.
The new, expanded definition of sustainability includes social and governance metrics.
The reasons for advancing diversity
Research shows that diverse, inclusive groups make better and faster decisions.
Case study: How Accenture has become famous for equality and diversity
Currently, 30 percent of Accenture’s leaders are women; as are 47 percent of its new hires, and 43 percent of its global workforce. Meanwhile, just 38 percent of its revenue-producing roles are held by women.
In addition, Accenture’s board of directors is diverse in terms of its geographic and gender representation, with people from six countries across four continents and five (42 percent) women, including its lead director.
The company has also launched a number of initiatives that further advance inclusion and diversity in the company. Accenture’s global Pride Ally programme, in which employees act as catalysts for inclusion and raise awareness for LGBT equality, has more than 110,000 members.
Accenture’s global Persons with Disabilities Champions Network, with its 22,000 members, sponsors local networking, collaboration, mentoring and awareness-building activities for people with disabilities, as well as caregivers and colleagues.
Workplace equality creates proven benefits
A culture of equality can become a powerful multiplier of innovation and growth.