Business case: Global solutions
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions, Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders.
With about 394 000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries and an extensive footprint in Africa, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.
We have five areas of business, namely: Accenture Strategy, Accenture Consulting, Accenture Digital, Accenture Technology and Accenture Operations. Through these, we focus on creating leading, world-class capabilities which form the core of the integrated services we offer to clients.
- Accenture Strategy shapes our clients’ futures, using our insight and understanding of how technology will impact their industries to envision solutions at the intersection of business and technology.
- Accenture Consulting transforms our clients’ businesses by using our deep industry knowledge to identify their issues, and then leverage Accenture’s capabilities to deliver solutions.
- Accenture Digital enables our clients to use digital tools, such as analytics, interactive marketing and mobility services, to improve the user experience for millions of consumers and citizens.
- Accenture Technology powers our clients’ businesses with innovative technologies.
- Accenture Operations combines technology that digitises and automates business processes on behalf of our clients.
A reputation as a global leader is impossible without one key ingredient: good people. Productive and happy employees are a cornerstone of success, and Accenture is committed to providing a culture that fosters growth and pioneering thinking. Highly skilled professionals embody the company’s motto of “High performance. Delivered”.
Accenture strives to find and build a team of dedicated specialists that feeds into a widespread network of talent and experience. Members of the Accenture team are offered the opportunity to develop problem-solving capabilities across the spectrum, and have access to the brightest minds and most progressive thinking.
The Accenture Technology Internship, Scholarship Programme and Future Technology Leaders initiatives are primarily aimed at undergraduates to build skills and prepare them for the working world, while the Accenture Graduate Programme is aimed at final-year students and post-graduates to begin building their careers.
“As a talent-led organisation, we are always inventing new ways for our people to learn and grow professionally in their careers,” says Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO. “Digital is key to learning at Accenture, and we continue to invest in the latest digital technologies to deliver highly relevant training to our people – quickly and at the point of need – to ensure that we are bringing our clients the end-to-end capabilities and outcomes that only Accenture can deliver.”
Each graduate is partnered with a career coach and mentor to guide him/her on a career development journey.
Accenture’s intensive “first-job” training curriculum for graduates combines facilitated learning, virtual learning and on-the-job practical learning. Each graduate is also partnered with a career coach and mentor to guide him/her on a career development journey. Graduates are given a specific career track or individualised roadmap to career growth.
With the combination of on-the-job learning, mentoring and project-based training, a career at Accenture can be kick-started to build marketable skills and invaluable contacts that will equip employees to navigate the ever-changing business landscape.
The year in review
Driving growth is a priority for the Accenture group. Africa is a key growth market, alongside Latin America and Asia Pacific, where the company is delivering solutions through 19 focused industry sectors within five operating groups: Communications, Media & Technology; Financial Services; Health & Public Service; Products; and Resources. For Accenture, success is more than just financial growth.
It is being able to understand the industries in which our clients operate, as well as the challenges facing their businesses; it is identifying solutions in strategy, technology and at an operational level. Financial success follows success in these arenas.
Awards and recognition
Accenture was again recognised as one of the best employers in the country, achieving the Top Employers South Africa 2016 certification for the seventh consecutive year.
The company has been acknowledged for its employee offering, including working conditions and benefits offered, which include medical aid, car/travel and phone allowances, flexible working hours, study leave and financial support for studies, a gym subsidy and home internet connection, among others.
The importance of giving back
Corporate citizenship is core to the company’s values and various programmes are in place to ensure employees contribute to the communities in which they live.
From Skills to Succeed, the official corporate citizenship initiative to build skills to create employment opportunities, to environmental projects, Accenture is dedicated to improving the prospects of the societies in which it operates. For example, through Skills to Succeed, we are equipping more than three million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business.
Living the brand values
Accenture is known for fostering an environment of excellence, individual and business growth and a commitment to improving people at all levels through our six core values of stewardship, best people, client value creation, one global network, respect for the individual and integrity, with the fundamental tenet of improving client performance at our heart.
For this reason Accenture endures as one of the most successful and sought-after employers.
The company’s values and various programmes ensure employees contribute to communities.