It took just 14 business days for a new B2B employment platform to go from idea to fruition and help get people to work.
The groundwork for the People+Work Connect site, which launched Tuesday, was laid at a virtual CHRO platform hosted by Accenture at the end of March. From there, CHROs of Accenture, Lincoln Financial Group, ServiceNow and Verizon came together to strategize for a way to connect employers urgently looking for talent with those that are having to lay off or furlough workers in light of the pandemic.
The site was designed pro bono by Accenture. Initial participating companies include: ADM, Baxter, Blue Apron, Cargill, Frito-Lay, Lincoln Financial Group, Marriott, MondelÄ“z International, Nordstrom, ServiceNow, Walmart and Zenefits. An additional 250 companies will be onboarded into the platform in the next week, and public-sector jobs will also soon be added.
Accenture CHRO Ellyn Shook said the initiative also has benefitted from the support of resources like the Business Roundtable, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University, Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business, Gallup and its CHRO Roundtable, HR Policy Association, Institute for Corporate Productivity, National Academy of Human Resources, Society for Human Resource Management and World50.
“We went from idea to launch with the support of a terrific set of leading companies,” Shook said. “I’m extremely confident in the lasting impact we’ll make together as a result of this effort.”