This article first appeared in The Australian newspaper on Monday 8 March 2021.

From extra volunteering to the development of a new food delivery model, consulting firm Accenture reached out beyond its client base to assist local communities impacted by bushfires and COVID last year.

The firm helped call centres and banking services to continue through the crises along with offering staff more opportunities to volunteer during their regular working hours.

“We see responsible business in three dimensions: being a responsible business ourselves, being responsible citizens and being responsible with our clients,” chief executive Bob Easton said. “In response to the events of this extraordinary year, we have adapted and innovated to keep our communities running.”

Accenture’s work in 2020 has won it a finalist’s place in the Business Council of Australia’s awards, The Biggies, which recognise people and companies that made a significant contribution to civic life last year. Accenture is one of seven finalists in the Big Impact category.