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Canadians Cutting Spending Now to Make the Most of Holiday Season, Accenture Survey Finds

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Overall, Canadians expect to spend $643 this season, an increase from last year's average spend of $635 but still less than the pre-pandemic spending level of $721 in 2019.

Key Points: 
  • Overall, Canadians expect to spend $643 this season, an increase from last year's average spend of $635 but still less than the pre-pandemic spending level of $721 in 2019.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, many Canadians (25 per cent), anticipate spending less this year compared with than last with 54 per cent sayingthey can't afford to.
  • As in 2021, this year 57 per cent of Canadians say they would do the bulk of their holiday shopping in-store, rather than online.
  • "We're seeing Canadians be more strategic this holiday season and retailers that offer promotions combined with convenient, hassle-free shopping, will be rewarded by consumers."

Biden-Harris Administration Officials Meet with CEOs to Discuss Expansion of Apprenticeships

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Monday, November 14, 2022

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Accenture, a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security, Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm, and Zurich North America, a leading multi-line insurance provider, are kicking off a weeklong celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) in the U.S.  

Key Points: 
  • Additionally, there will be a roundtable on scaling and growing apprenticeships, which will include Secretary Walsh, White House officials and executives from JPMorgan Chase & Co., McDonald's, United Airlines, Walgreens Boots Alliance and others.
  • Apprenticeships are key to expanding the talent pipeline and helping companies create more inclusive workforces that embrace talented individuals who may not have earned four-year college degrees.
  • "Apprenticeships allow talented individuals to earn as they learn and build a foundation for future success.
  • NAW in the U.S. is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeships are a proven and industry-driven training model.

NTT DOCOMO and Accenture Collaborate to Accelerate Adoption of Web3

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

TOKYO, Nov 8, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are collaborating to accelerate the adoption and application of Web3 for addressing social issues.

Key Points: 
  • TOKYO, Nov 8, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are collaborating to accelerate the adoption and application of Web3 for addressing social issues.
  • Together, NTT DOCOMO and Accenture will:
    - Promote ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Issues.
  • The ultimate goal of the collaboration between NTT DOCOMO and Accenture is to facilitate the adoption of Web3 globally -- enabling everyone to enjoy its advantages and benefits -- while positioning Japan as a leading Web3 market.
  • DOCOMO, in collaboration with Accenture, will revolutionize social infrastructure by utilizing blockchain and building a safe and secure Web3 environment.

NTT DOCOMO and Accenture Collaborate to Accelerate Adoption of Web3

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

NTT DOCOMO and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are collaborating to accelerate the adoption and application of Web3 for addressing social issues.

Key Points: 
  • NTT DOCOMO and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are collaborating to accelerate the adoption and application of Web3 for addressing social issues.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20221107005813/en/
    NTT DOCOMO and Accenture are collaborating to accelerate the adoption and application of Web3 for addressing social issues.
  • Together, NTT DOCOMO and Accenture will:
    Promote ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Issues.
  • The ultimate goal of the collaboration between NTT DOCOMO and Accenture is to facilitate the adoption of Web3 globally enabling everyone to enjoy its advantages and benefits while positioning Japan as a leading Web3 market.

Accenture Names Andrew J.P. Levy Chief Corporate and Government Affairs Officer

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has appointed Andrew J.P. Levy to the newly created position of chief corporate and government affairs officer.

Key Points: 
  • Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has appointed Andrew J.P. Levy to the newly created position of chief corporate and government affairs officer.
  • Levy has been with Accenture for more than 10 years, most recently serving as the companys general counsel for Growth Markets, based in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Prior to joining Accenture, Levy held other regional and global legal roles for Accenture.
  • Assessing geopolitical trends and working effectively with governments and thought leaders around the world has never been more important, said Joel Unruch, general counsel and corporate secretary at Accenture.

Nearly All Companies Will Miss Net Zero Goals Without At Least Doubling Rate of Carbon Emissions Reductions by 2030, Accenture Report Finds

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The report finds that acceleration toward net zero will require carbon intelligence capabilities that enable organizations to control, improve and drive value-creation by embedding carbon and broader ESG intelligence into their core businesses and across their value chains.

Key Points: 
  • The report finds that acceleration toward net zero will require carbon intelligence capabilities that enable organizations to control, improve and drive value-creation by embedding carbon and broader ESG intelligence into their core businesses and across their value chains.
  • This includes integrating carbon, energy and other sustainability data and insights into financial and operational business information to help drive everyday decision-making.
  • Amid global economic, political and environmental disruption, more companies than ever before have publicly committed to largely decarbonizing by around 2050.
  • Despite the commitments made, however, only 7% of companies are on track to achieve their net zero targets for scope 1 and 2 emissions at the observed rates of change.

FinTech Innovation Lab New York Now Accepting Applicants for 2023 Class

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Now in its 13th year, the Lab has helped establish New York City as a competitive fintech hub for enterprise technology innovation.

Key Points: 
  • Now in its 13th year, the Lab has helped establish New York City as a competitive fintech hub for enterprise technology innovation.
  • Through a competitive process, chief technology officers and senior technology executives from the more than 40 participating institutions will select the 2023 class.
  • Maria Gotsch, co-founder of the FinTech Innovation Lab New York and president and CEO of the Partnership Fund for New York City, said: The FinTech Innovation Lab has established New York as one of the most attractive cities for fintechs to set down roots and grow.
  • Since its founding in 2010, the FinTech Innovation Lab New York has assisted entrepreneurs from 99 technology companies.

Emerging Group of “Organized Consumers” Looking to Spread Holiday Spending Over Several Months, Accenture Survey Finds

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Just over half (53%) are looking forward to spending time with loved ones this season, and to treating themselves and others (39%).

Key Points: 
  • Just over half (53%) are looking forward to spending time with loved ones this season, and to treating themselves and others (39%).
  • Faced with higher costs and a sharpened focus on getting what they need for the holidays, a group of organized consumers is emerging and strategizing how to stretch their shopping dollars.
  • The survey also shows that many organized consumers pulled out their holiday shopping lists early, with 45% saying that they had already started shopping in August.
  • Despite personal finances being squeezed, consumers are looking for ways to spread holiday cheer through charitable giving.

Sparrow Raises $1 Million For Homesharing Platform Helping Canadians Live Better Together

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Based on census data, we estimate that there are over 12 million empty bedrooms across Canada.

Key Points: 
  • Based on census data, we estimate that there are over 12 million empty bedrooms across Canada.
  • "The pandemic has deepened two parallel Canadian crises - housing affordability and loneliness," says Oren Singer, CEO and co-founder at Sparrow.
  • With Sparrow, we are enabling pathways for Canadians to find budget-friendly accommodation, unlock existing housing supply, and live better together," said Singer.
  • Sparrow is a homesharing platform and community that matches together hosts who have spare bedrooms with people seeking budget-friendly places to live.

Accenture Report Finds People Want Easy-to-Use Government Customer Services

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

“The best step forward to improve customer experiences is to establish simple and secure processes so people can get what they need on the first try,” said Eyal Darmon, Accenture’s global public sector customer engagement lead. “If people – the customers -- can quickly get easy questions answered via straightforward online, phone or in-person services, this frees up government workers to focus on more challenging customer service questions.”

Key Points: 
  • People want simple, intuitive digital government customer services that are secure and ensure privacy is protected, according to a new Accenture (NYSE:ACN) report, Public service experience through a new lens .
  • If people the customers -- can quickly get easy questions answered via straightforward online, phone or in-person services, this frees up government workers to focus on more challenging customer service questions.
  • Prioritizing customer service in government is about seizing opportunities to deliver better experiences and outcomes for all, said Kevin Ellenwood, public sector lead in Accenture Song (formerly Accenture Interactive ).
  • Continuous education and training on cyber-security could help increase government workers and customers confidence in digital government services, added Darmon.