Accenture has gained menopause friendly accreditation in recognition of the support it offers employees around hormonal health.
The professional services company, which has UK offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, and Edinburgh, and employs 738,000 people globally, joined 50 other organisations that have already received the endorsement by demonstrating its perimenopause and menopause provisions.
Jill Ross, a managing director at Accenture, who leads the firm’s menopause community network in the UK, said: “Menopause can no longer be taboo at work. We are proud to be a menopause friendly employer and strive to support women, and all our people, with their hormonal health and create a culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
“By having better information and open conversations, organisations can go some way to dispelling myths about the menopause and empower their people. Breaking down barriers on the menopause helps us all to be better leaders and colleagues and forms part of our journey to becoming one of the most inclusive companies in the world.”
The Independent Panel of Menopause Friendly, established by Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, accredited the firm after it had introduced initiatives including healthcare support, ensuring menopause formed part of its wider health and wellbeing benefits programme. The use of a digital healthcare app allows employees to access menopause experts for virtual consultations, chats, and more.
The company also set up more wellness rooms for those who need them, a community of 300 employees named MenoWarriors, regular support sessions with specialist speakers, and training and education to raise awareness of symptoms and signpost relevant resources.
Deborah Garlick, CEO of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, added: “Accenture has displayed a clear commitment to equality with an ambitious programme of initiatives to normalise the menopause – led by their grassroots community with passion. Being a menopause-friendly employer makes a substantial difference to careers and lives, not just for today, but for generations to come.”