Leading technology consultancy Accenture has announced that it will be committing $200mn to a company-wide initiative that aims to help better equip workers with digital skills needed in the modern age.
The funds will be used to support Accenture programmes including Skills to Succeed, Tech4Good and Accenture Development Partnerships.
Skills to Succeed looks to leverage digital innovation to close employment gaps, whilst Tech4Good uses advanced technologies to solve critical challenges in businesses, and Accenture Development Partnerships applies technology solutions to help strengthen development programmes.
“As a technology leader, we have an obligation to apply new scalable technology solutions to help solve complex societal challenges,” said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO.
“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.”
During the past eight years Accenture has helped equip more than 2.2mn people with digital skills, with the company aiming to reach 3mn by 2020.
“The opportunity to improve lives requires collaboration across business, government and non-governmental organizations,” Nanterme said. “As leaders weigh new technologies and applications, we all must ask ourselves: Does this benefit the next generation? If the answer is yes, it’s the right thing to do.”