Many large companies have run the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), it is a program that implements the company’s social responsibility to the public, the goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.
Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) is same model like a CSR, it is a group within Accenture that designed to operate on a not for profit basis to channel Accenture’s strategic business, technology and project management expertise to non-profit organizations, NGOs, foundation and donor organizations operating in the development sector.
In this case, to collaborate with Save the Children, Accenture as a global consultancy, established Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) dedicated to channeling Accenture’s capabilities and assets to help address development challenges.
Accenture Development Partnership (ADP) provides its development sector clients with a broad range of management consulting and technology services, drawing on the resources of Accenture’s global organization.
ADP is helping Save the Children improve its supply chain processes. The aim of this collaboration is to enhance Save the Children’s programs in sustainable livelihoods, education and health and emergency response.
After the Tsunami struck Aceh and other regions on December 2004, Save the Children contacted Accenture to develop a logistic and procurement database that would help in managing all of the inflows of goods and delivery to the needed areas.
How Accenture Helped
• Provided Save the Children a better logistics and procurement activities using a custom-developed toolkit
• The toolkit was designed and developed within a short time period to record typical logistics transactions: requisition, procurement, and request for delivery, delivery order, goods receipt, and stock adjustment.
• Developed a pilot and provided Train the Trainers to to Save the Children staff
What benefit did Save the Children receive from Accenture Development Partnership? What would have happened if Save the Children managed their own tool kit?
Based on case study, Accenture creates a custom developed toolkit to provide Save the Children a better logistic and procurement. Even designed and developed within a short time period record typical logistics transactions, with this toolkit, Save the Children will have one database that would help in managing all of goods and delivery to the needed areas. Also with helped by ADP team which is with their skills and knowledge about this system, a lot of logistics that come from outside can easier to distribute and procurement activities such as purchase planning, suppliers research and selection, inventory control and stock management can run smoothly.
Every people that involved into this project must be work as a team, they will trained by Accenture and will be developed a pilot and provided Train the Trainers to Save the Children staff. It is important to the organization because they will know how manage operation. Manage people, understand the processes, and maximize technology to combine all of it. This aspect is really helps Save the Children staff to improve their skill and capabilities in those activities.
Another question is what would have happened if Save the Children managed their own tool kit? In my thought, if Save the children manage their own kit, it will place constraints in the needed areas, distribution and procurement activities will delayed, increase supply chain cost, wasting time and also works will be ineffective and inefficient. By implementing a custom tool kit from ADP it will helps Save the Children reduce that risk.
As a conclusion, Accenture Development Partnership is helping Save the Children by developing a custom toolkit to improve its supply chain processes.