As the old saying goes, people are our most important asset. That is perhaps nowhere better understood than at consulting firm Accenture. The global consulting firm landed the top spot on the 2015 list of best companies for human resources compiled by Workforce editors in collaboration with researchers from Human Capital Media Advisory Group, the magazine’s research arm.
To find out which companies are the best for HR management, Workforce editors and researchers created a statistical formula to sift through publicly available data on HR performance to separate the best from the rest. The result is the Workforce 100 list on the following pages.
Accenture, which jumped to the top spot from third in last year’s ranking, wasn’t the only consultancy to make a mark. Deloitte came in at No. 10. IBM Corp., despite significant financial headwinds, retained a top spot at No. 14, and global giants PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG came in at 30 and 35, respectively.
Consumer packaged goods-makers did well, too, reflecting the need for a high-performing workforce to respond to rapidly changing consumer demands. Procter & Gamble Co. nabbed the second spot, followed by General Mills Inc. and PepsiCo Inc. Telecom giant AT&T Inc. rounded out the top five.
While many corporate bosses pay lip service to the importance of their people, the companies on the Workforce 100 are putting the words into action.