Plan International Netherlands has a worldwide partnership with Accenture. The partnership combines Plan’s experience and knowledge about local communities with Accenture’s strategic and technological expertise. Together, Plan and Accenture have carried out more than 60 projects in countries such as Vietnam, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil and Colombia. More than 30,000 young adults have been trained in employee skills or setting up their own business.
What is Accenture?
Accenture is a global organization that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Skills to Succeed is one of the pillars of Accenture’s CSR policy. It helps people on the sidelines of the economy to develop skills that increase their chances in the labour market. Since 2011, Accenture has helped more than 2.4 million people to find a job or start their own business.
Plan and Accenture collaboration
Plan International in the Netherlands and Accenture started to work together in 2004, and the current global partnership between Plan and Accenture was formed in 2010. The joint programs we implement focus on training young adults – especially women – and connecting them to the labour market. Our partnership contributes to four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: good education (4), equality between men and women (5), decent jobs and economic growth (8), and partnerships to achieve the goals (17).
Why do Plan and Accenture work together?
Rapidly increasing youth unemployment is a major problem. In 2016, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated that 71 million adults between the ages of 15 and 24 could not find a job. The challenges they face are complex, and the demographic “youth bulge” means youth unemployment will continue to increase in the coming years.
By working together and combining our areas of expertise, Plan and Accenture can maximize the impact of our mission, vision and goals. There is a good fit between the thematic focus of the two organizations. Through the partnership our programs can provide more young people with the skills they need to become part of the working population.
Youth Youth Economic Empowerment and Skills to Succeed
With their Skills to Succeed program, Accenture uses digital innovation to help young people learn the skills they need to find a job or start their own business. Along the same lines, Plan’s Youth Economic Empowerment program trains and guides young people to become self-employed or find a job with a local employer that offers a permanent contract and at least the local statutory minimum wage. Special attention is given to girls, whose access to the labour market is still very limited in developing countries. By joining forces, our programs can reach more young people.
Both parties in their strength
“A long-term partnership such as with Plan is crucial for fulfilling our CSR objectives on helping people to find jobs. We ourselves do not come to the places where support is most needed. Our cooperation with Plan makes our contribution more sustainable and effective by developing and setting up training courses that reach our target group. Accenture provides the digital tools to scale up the programs, increasing their impact. This approach uses the strengths of both parties. We are very proud of the cooperation with Plan. It has touched our employees at all levels – they are committed to it with heart and soul – and also provided an example to our customers of a CSR approach that is intensive and sustainable.” Savitri Groag, CSR Manager Accenture Netherlands.
Making a difference from the business world
The importance of equal opportunities for women and girls must be clear to everyone. Investing in women and girls ultimately ensures a better future for all. The partnership between Accenture and Plan International Netherlands makes a difference. From the business world, we and our network successfully help tens of thousands of young people to improve their situation through training and finding a job. The collaboration with Plan enables us to make the best possible use of digital solutions in ambitious large-scale programs. It suits me and my colleagues at Accenture, and gives us a lot of gratitude and energy.” Hans Boxem, Director Supply Chain Services.