Accenture

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Accenture (Accenture Ltd) is a management consulting firm, a "spin-off of the former Big Five accounting firm Arthur Andersen". It offers a wide variety of services to its clients including IT, technology, operations, and outsourcing solutions. Accenture "began as the consulting arm (Andersen Consulting) of Chicago-based Andersen Worldwide."

Expatriate status

"Previously incorporated in the USA, then in Bermuda, since 1 September 2009 the company has been incorporated in Ireland with its global headquarters there in Dublin.[1]"

History and Bermuda tax haven

"According to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, Accenture, Ltd. was incorporated in Bermuda in 2001. The company was formerly associated with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Worldwide. Prior to incorporating in Bermuda, Accenture was operating as a series of related partnerships and corporations under the control of its partners through the mechanism of contracts with a Swiss coordinating entity. In April 2001, Accenture's partners voted to pursue an initial public offering. According to the prospectus filed with the SEC, the partners were to generally exchange all of their interests in these partnerships and corporations for Accenture stock."[1]

The company says that it should not be "included on a list of corporate expatriates because it never was a U.S.-based corporation."[2] [But] House Democrats and others who want the existing law changed disagree: "'They are a spinoff of Arthur Andersen,' said Robert Borosage, co-chairman of the Campaign for America's Future, a liberal research and advocacy group. 'Their contracting is significantly done with American companies. If they want to get contracts with the federal government, they ought to pay taxes.'"[3]

Federal contracts received

Between October 1, 2001, and September 30, 2002, Accenture received $662 million in federal contracts, "mostly from the Transportation Security Administration" (TSA), which falls under the Department of Homeland Security headed by Director Tom Ridge.[4]

The TSA awarded Accenture with a contract worth close to $515 million to "handle human resources for the agency's employees, including administering health insurance, life insurance and retirement benefits."[5]

"With about $280 million in federal contract obligations, Accenture was the 58th largest publicly traded federal contractor in fiscal year 2001. Accenture contracted with many departments of the government, but about 43 percent of its contracts were with the Department of Defense. About 98 percent of Accenture's contract dollars are for automatic data processing and telecommunications services and equipment."[6]

Political contributions

Accenture gave $313,380 to federal candidates in the 05/06 election period through its political action committee - 37% to Democrats, 62% to Republicans, and 1% to other parties. [2]

Lobbying

The company spent $4,026,221 for lobbying in 2006. $2,048,000 went to 14 outside lobbying firms with the remainder being spent using in-house lobbyists.[3]

Personnel

Selected executives:[4]

Board of Directors:[5]

Accenture Alliances

See list of alliances.

Client List

Contact details

Headquarters:
22 Victoria St., Canon's Ct.
Hamilton, HM12, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 296-8262
Fax: (441) 296-4245
Web: http://www.accenture.com

NY Office:
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
Phone: (917) 452-4400
Fax: (917) 527-9915

References

  1. Accenture - Company Profile - on Linkedin. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  2. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed July 2007.
  3. Accenture lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
  4. Accenture profile, Hoovers, accessed July 2007.
  5. Accenture, board of directors, accessed July 2007.

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