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Accenture boosts CSR efforts, strengthens NGO partnerships

Ehda M. Dagooc - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  Management consulting, technology and outsourcing services company, Accenture Philippines intensifies its ties with non-profit organization to expand its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the country.

The company recently announced its partnership with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Caritas Manila,  and Philippines Business for Education (PBEd) to help the roll-out of its P240 million for community building initiatives.

This is on top of the additional corporate and employee giving efforts to help the communities address challenges brought about by the pandemic, said Accenture Philippines managing director Lito Tayag.

According to Tayag, the company has all the more intensified focus on helping communities today with COVID-19 still threatening livelihood and health of the people, particularly the vulnerable communities.

Various programs will be implemented together with NGO partners, which are aimed at alleviating hunger, uplift health and well-being, as well as livelihood and education of communities across the Philippines.

PBSP will focus on livelihood programs that target to equip communities with entrepreneurship and technical vocational skills. It will also takes care on activating programs to provide livelihood training and assistance to about 14,000 families and close to 1,300 individuals through its programs such as Mask4All, Super Carinderia, and Kada-Uno: The Hunger Program Hope Fund in selected NCR+ cities and provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.

According to PBSP, the organization will provide entrepreneurship and technical vocational skills training to more than 3,000 individuals through the organization’s ancillary partner organizations like the Plan International, Save the Children and Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation.

Likewise, the Caritas Manila will take care of the distribution of gift vouchers to over 180,000 Filipino families nationwide to assist them in their everyday essentials and a six-month feeding program for 5,000 malnourished children in communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby cities or NCR Plus.

To help plug learning gaps brought about by the pandemic, Accenture Philippines works with PBEd in launching Kiddie Learning Train, a volunteer-based community program that aims to teach 1,000 Kinder to Grade 3 public school students and bring them up to speed with reading, math and science curricula. The program includes the distribution of 1,000 tablets to students and teacher-facilitators to ensure continued learning even remotely.

Tayag announced that Cebu is the pilot area for the Kiddie Learning Train.

“As a responsible business, Accenture remains committed in making a positive impact in communities in the Philippines during these challenging times. In the true Filipino spirit of ‘bayanihan,’ we stand together with our partner organizations in continuing to do our part in making a lasting and inclusive impact for communities in the Philippines,” said Tayag.

Prior to reaching out to communities, Accenture has been fully supportive of its employees, especially at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic by making their safety and wellbeing a top priority.

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