27 Jun Accenture Chooses Sales Beacon for its Diverse Supplier Development Program
Sales Beacon continually endeavors to celebrate the many differences that make us unique and help make our story successful.
Isn’t life too predictable? It’s easy to keep your head down, stay in your lane and put yourself and your business on cruise control. But where’s the fun and challenge in that? Occasionally there’s a call, a text, a knock on your door that forces you out of your comfort zone, into the unknown. For Sales Beacon, one of those times was when we were privileged to learn that we’d been selected for Accenture’s Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP).
Sales Beacon has always been focused on creating opportunities for rural talent. We wouldn’t dream of stopping there; as a women-owned and run company, it’s in our DNA to seek out a diverse group of people who do exceptional, creative work. At Sales Beacon, we continually endeavor to celebrate the many differences that make us unique and help make our story a successful one.
So, you can imagine our excitement upon learning of Accenture’s program. DSDP has a “commitment to developing and expanding relationships with diverse businesses by ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, veterans and other entrepreneurs”.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company providing a range of strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services and solutions. They employ more than 425,000 people, serving clients in more than 200 cities in 120 countries. Ninety-five of the Fortune Global 100 companies are Accenture clients.
Kai Nowosel, Chief Procurement Officer at Accenture, says that “we believe inclusive procurement practices create long-term value for our clients and our communities, while helping us remain agile, disruptive and ahead of the market”.
DSDP is a 12-18-month program that matches up senior Accenture executive “mentors” with diverse supplier “protégé” companies to help them grow their own businesses. The benefits from the innovative contributions are shared among the participants, their clients and their communities.
Launched in the United States in 2006, DSDP has expanded both the geographic footprint and the composition of the protégé classes. As of fiscal 2017, 133 diverse suppliers had graduated or were in the process of completing the program – 23 in Canada, 24 in the United Kingdom and Ireland and 86 in the U.S. Accenture’s goal is to graduate 170 diverse suppliers by fiscal 2020.
We’re pumped for the chance to be guided by one of the world’s largest consulting and professional services companies. We are looking forward to interacting with the other companies in the DSDP program and expect there will be exceptional learning opportunities from this. It’s a can’t-miss concept and we’re jumping in with both feet.
If you want to learn more about Sales Beacon’s focus on supplier diversity, drop is a line. We’d love to hear from you!