Global professional services firm Accenture has announced a commitment of more than $200 million over three years to equip disadvantaged individuals around the globe with job skills for the digital age.
The funds will support three ongoing initiatives — Skills to Succeed, Tech4Good, and Accenture Development Partnerships — as well as related efforts. Since 2010, Skills to Succeed, which works with nonprofit organizations and partners such as Youth Business USA and Rede Cidadã and Instituto Ser Mais in Brazil to close employment gaps at scale, has helped more than 2.2 million people acquire skills needed to secure a job or build a business. The company's Tech4 Good projects, which support the use of technology to address critical global challenges, include a collaboration with the Grameen Foundation India that used AI and augmented-reality technologies to help disadvantaged individuals improve their financial literacy, and another with Club Egalité in France that developed a virtual-reality game designed to help primary and middle school students explore "future-proof" jobs and develop critical thinking skills for the digital economy. And Accenture Development Partnerships have included a 2013 collaboration to create Emplea+, an online program that helps marginalized individuals in Spain develop the technical, digital, and soft skills they need for employment.
"As a technology leader, we have an obligation to apply new scalable technology solutions to help solve complex societal challenges," said Accenture chair and CEO Pierre Nanterme. "Our investments will continue to empower Accenture to produce socially minded partnerships and programs that will have a profound impact on the lives of millions of people throughout the world, now and for the future."
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