Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced that the Accenture Foundations have awarded US$1.26 million (more than PHP 58 million) to Passerelles Numériques (PN) for the organization's Cebu System and Network Administration training initiatives. The grant, which will be distributed over a four-year period, will be used to help disadvantaged young people acquire information technology (IT) skills. The award is part of Accenture's corporate citizenship focus -- Skills to Succeed -- which educates people around the world, building skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy. In addition to the grant, Accenture will continue supporting PN with pro-bono and volunteer services, which include helping the young people learn English and offering resume writing and interview skills workshops. Last year, Accenture also donated 20 desktop computers to PN. 'Accenture has raised the bar of its corporate citizenship agenda with ‘Skills to Succeed,'' said Lito Tayag, country managing director of Accenture Delivery Centers in the Philippines. 'Our partnership with PN allows Accenture to contribute to skills enhancement of underprivileged youth in Cebu and in other provinces. This helps beneficiaries participate in and contribute to the Philippine economy, and to the future of the local IT industry.' The staff of Accenture France originally helped establish PN. With more than $1 million funding from Accenture Foundations, PN created the Center for Information Systems Training (CIST) in Cambodia, which helps underprivileged students in that country build the skills they need to obtain IT jobs. 'Building on the success of Passerelles Numériques in Cambodia, we have a pilot course for students in Cebu,' shared Benoit Genuini, president of PN. 'We are grateful for the continued assistance and support of Accenture for PN, enabling us to realize our vision of providing life skills, vocational skills and real career opportunities in the field of IT to disadvantaged youth.' The PN student beneficiaries undergo a three-year program. In addition to the standard curriculum at University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu, they will participate in on-the-job training in a partner company, such as Accenture, where they will spend several days each week. 'Corporate Citizenship is fundamental to Accenture's character and the way we run our business,' said Karina Gan, Accenture APAC (Asia Pacific) Marketing Director. 'From Skills to Succeed, to our environmental stewardship initiatives, we work to make a sustainable difference in the long-term vibrancy and vitality of people and communities around the world.' About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 190,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Accenture is committed to being a good corporate citizen – dedicated to minimizing its environmental impact and helping individuals around the world build skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
Accenture grants passerelles numeriques US$1.26 million to build information technology skills among underprivileged young people
How collaborative funding builds new economic opportunities in Detroit
The city of Detroit, Michigan, is interested in converting unused open space into a haven for residents, with new recreation opportunities, urban farms, sustainable stormwater infrastructure and natural reserves. CH2M Senior Economist and Planner Mike Matichich and Water Resources Engineer Mark Mittag elaborate on how collaborative funding can lead to economic opportunities. Open space areas can function as an economically and environmentally productive landscape for cities, but can be a challenge for cities...
NRC approves environmental review of Turkey Point project
Federal regulators have finished a seven-year environmental impact study of Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) Turkey Point expansion project in Florida, although a safety and legal challenge remain. In the 1,200-page review, staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) say the plan to build two reactors at the Turkey Point site, located about 25 miles south of Miami, would not do damage to the local ecosystem, which includes the historically and culturally significant Florida Everglades. The...
Environmental Experts Provide Solutions for Identifying Contaminated Soil in Puerto Rico
Last month, The Atlantic published a report about the high rate of illnesses and cancer on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. The article discussed the Navy’s past use of heavy metals and toxic chemicals on its former military base on the island and potential lingering soil contamination issues that could be impacting people’s health. The Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Area is just one of numerous Superfund sites across Puerto Rico. Many residents live and work near these Superfund sites and have...
Eco Expo Asia & Building and Hardware Fair To Spotlight
Eco Expo Asia to present international green industry leaders Eco Expo Asia is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. The expo is expected to welcome more than 320 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. Among the 12 group participations and pavilions, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland and Scotland will make their fair debuts, while Canada,...
Hidden Mold Impacts the Indoor Environmental Quality of New York Homes and Businesses
People may suspect there is hidden mold in a home or building if it smells moldy indoors or after there has been water damage. Another telltale sign is if building occupants report allergies and other respiratory problems that appear to go away after they have left the building. Mold will grow quickly in areas that are not readily observable with the introduction of water or elevated humidity levels since many building materials and furnishing make for an ideal food source. These areas include behind dry wall,...