Accenture highlights ID2020 efforts in Corporate Citizenship Report

Accenture has published its “2017 Corporate Citizenship Report,” which highlights the company’s efforts on ID2020 in partnership with Microsoft, as well as its progress on reducing carbon emissions and promoting gender balance among its employees.

ID2020 is a global public-private partnership to use blockchain and biometrics to provide officially recognized identities to the 1.1 billion individuals around the world without them. Accenture and its partners announced the development of a prototype at the UN’s 2017 ID2020 Summit in June.

“By merging human insight, skill and creativity with technology, we can solve complex challenges, improve the lives of millions of people around the world and help build a more equal society,” said Jill Huntley, Accenture’s managing director of global corporate citizenship. “Solutions grounded in emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, are enabling companies to innovate in ways we never thought possible and to see new opportunities to make a real difference in the world around them.”

Accenture says it reached its goal of reducing per-employee carbon emissions by 50 percent three years ahead of its 2020 goal. The company also set goals last year to increase the number of women in its workforce, and plans to achieve gender balance by 2025. The report also described Accenture’s progress towards goals in skills development and support for diverse suppliers.

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