Accenture grants Association for Aid and Relief, Japan $1.15 mil to equip persons with disabilities with employment skills
Accenture and the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) announced Friday that Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have awarded AAR Japan $1.15 million to help the organization provide vocational training, business skills and suitable job placements to more than 2,700 persons with disabilities.
The award reflects Accenture’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The grant will help persons with disabilities become economically self-sufficient and socially self-reliant and allow AAR Japan to work with local employers to develop appropriate work placements for them.
“Supporting the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan helps exemplify Accenture’s commitment to building skills and improving the communities in which we live and work,” said Jill Huntley, senior director of corporate citizenship at Accenture. “By fostering workforce diversity, AAR Japan is proving persons with disabilities can effectively participate in, and contribute to, Japan’s economy.”
“More than 2.8 million persons with disabilities in Japan are able to work and seeking employment,” said Sayako Nogiwa, of AAR Japan’s Tohoku office. “Teaming with Accenture helps us make a lasting impact on this community and on our local and national economies through effective vocational training and appropriate, fulfilling job placements.”