Accenture has donated approximately €1.5 million to the Philippines, in order to support disaster relief and reconstruction efforts in the jaded country. In addition, the international consulting firm has initiated various pro-bono initiatives.
Early November, the devastating typhoon Haiyan raved about the Philippines. There were thousands of deaths and millions of people were affected by the extreme destructiveness of one of the strongest natural disasters in history. According to the United Nations, over 11 million people have been affected by the disaster, when looking at the scale of the disaster. In response to this humanitarian disaster, various fundraisers were held globally.
Accenture supports Philippines
Within the consulting industry, people also sympathised with the victims of the natural disaster. So Accenture will donate up to an amount of approximately € 1.5 million. In comparison, China donated €1.4 million – as an entire country.
The total package of Accenture's grant included the following:
- Accenture will donate €750,000 million to Plan International, a local-based organization in the Philippines. The grants will offer support for long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts required to enable communities to rebuild.
- Accenture will deliver pro-bono consulting services to Plan International during the reconstruction phase.
- To date, Accenture employees and alumni worldwide have contributed more than €450,000 to the Philippine Red Cross and other charities providing local relief.
- Accenture offers employees in the Philippines the possibility to take paid days off for volunteering. Under this agreement, they can take a few days off while still being paid to support relief operations.
“On behalf of our people in the region and around the world, we are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan”, said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture CEO. “Our thoughts remain with our colleagues, their families and the people of the Philippines, as we commit to supporting the rebuilding process.”