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How Accenture shows their LGBT inclusive workplace culture

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For New Job Seekers, Feeling Pride in Your Company Matters.

Accenture is part of a movement, and it all started with a video.

#InclusionStartsWithI features our people candidly sharing their feelings about biases they have experienced and how each of us can make a difference. It began as a way to spark discussion within our company about belonging and it touched our people deeply, helping them realise that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways. They asked to share the video with their families, friends and clients.

At Accenture, we want to use our voice to encourage others to make a personal commitment to inclusion. And as we celebrate Pride, I think there is no better time to highlight this initiative, as well as our efforts to foster a workplace of equality for all our employees, enabling each of us to bring our authentic selves to work.

I say this because our commitment to inclusion is incredibly important to not only our own people, but to people who are looking to be a part of a company where they will experience a sense of belonging. New entrants to the jobs market are increasingly prioritising workplace culture, and a potential employer’s values are key to jobseekers’ decision-making. At Accenture, inclusion and diversity are at the core of our identity and values. Providing equal rights for our people, our clients, and our communities is simply the right thing to do. As a global employer of more than 411,000 people, it is essential that we stand for all forms of diversity—gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability and others.

One way we demonstrate our values is through our LGBT global network, Pride at Accenture, which started back in 2001 with a handful of employees in the United States who wanted to network with others in the LGBT community. Since then, we have grown Pride at Accenture across 41 countries, bringing together people of all forms of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression for networking, mentoring, and information sharing. Local LGBT teams foster a sense of community and educate within and beyond the Pride Network.

Of course, our networks also remain strong due to support from our Ally Programme – a global initiative with nearly 14,000 members and growing, fueled in part by an internal global sign up page and a searchable database to find an Ally online. Allies support people in the coming-out at work process and help cultivate understanding around the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance, and mutual respect. Our LGBT Ally Programme is a best practice and has been replicated in other organisations.

These are just a few examples that I hold close to my heart, and I challenge my teams to do better every day, building inclusion and diversity into the fabric of every action they take. I would encourage anyone looking to start a career to consider the level of importance they themselves and their potential employer place on creating a more inclusive workplace – not only for those in the LGBT community, but across all aspects of diversity.

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