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VSO and Accenture: Taking thousands of people from poverty to prosperity

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VSO and Accenture build programmes that have improved the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people in the developing world. VSO also supports Accenture employees to volunteer on high-impact placements.

Accenture corporate volunteer Sanne working in Nigeria ©VSO/Tim Maynard

Accenture's Sanne Holtslag volunteered in Nigeria training poor farmers to improve yields and income on a project co-created with VSO.

Employee volunteering

We've partnered with Accenture on employee volunteering since 1999.

Since then, 150 employees have volunteered in developing countries across Africa and Asia. They respond to a growing demand for business professionals to help solve development challenges.

"Through volunteering with VSO, our people are offered an opportunity to share their skills where they are most needed, whilst also developing their own capabilities." 

Camilla Drejer, corporate citizenship lead, Accenture UK and Ireland

Improving market access for the poor

Millions of people live in poverty, because they lack the tools to benefit from markets. Inequity in market systems also limits access to the poor.

VSO and Accenture developed a market-based approach to lifting communities out of poverty. So far more than 320,000 people have benefited from our development programmes.

Improving Market Access for the Poor (IMA4P) is a five-year project funded by Accenture. It improves the lives of thousands of poor and marginalised people by:

  • sharing the skills, resources and support needed to have fairer participation in markets
  • building links that improve access to markets
  • working with stakeholders across the whole value chain to make the market system fairer

The programme is investing in Tanzania, Malawi, Cambodia, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh and Rwanda. VSO staff, volunteers and partners share best practice between the countries.

Meeting corporate social responsibility goals

Accenture has committed to giving 3 million people the skills to get a job or build a business, by 2020. 

Its partnership with VSO is helping it towards this corporate citizenship goal. Accenture employees also contribute to this by volunteering and taking part in fundraising challenges.

Accenture team on Mount Everest VSO charity trek ©VSO

Intrepid Accenture team trekking Mount Everest with VSO

Partner with us

Christopher Borthwick, Private Sector Partnerships Manager, VSO VSO

Christopher Borthwick, Private Sector Partnerships Manager

Knowledge Exchange is VSO’s corporate employee volunteering offer. Develop your talented employees, while changing lives in the world's poorest communities.

Get in touch to find out how partnering with VSO could benefit you.


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