Collaboration Award – Accenture
Accenture has demonstrated a collaborative approach to supplier development since it launched its supplier diversity program in Canada.
In addition to engaging a range of CAMSC certified suppliers in IT and Professional staffing, Accenture recognized early on that it could make a significant contribution to a broader group of suppliers with the launch of its Diversity Supplier Development Program. Their formal mentoring program leverages its extensive in-house knowledge by matching diverse suppliers with Accenture senior executives as one-on-one mentors to help develop and build the capacity of their businesses.
Their mentorship program, the first of its kind open to all CAMSC certified suppliers, inspired other Canadian corporations to invest in supplier development. Accenture willingly shared its mentorship learnings and best practices as well as program benchmarking with other CAMSC members, actively guiding other organizations as they developed in-house mentorship programs. This led to collaborative mentorship workshops with RBC, TELUS and others, which has delivered even greater opportunities for the participating suppliers.
Their collaborative approach extends beyond sharing best practices. Accenture also partnered with investors and other organizations to develop Indigena Solutions, a First-Nations owned IT and business process services provider in BC, to build IT capacity amongst First Nations in BC and beyond.
Accenture demonstrates that collaborative efforts are invaluable in scaling the impact of supplier development and Aboriginal and minority economic inclusion.
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