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Accenture and Planet to Collaborate on AI-Powered Geospatial Intelligence Tools for Sustainability, Traceable Supply Chain and Climate Risk Solutions

NEW YORK & SAN FRANCISCO, December 06, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Accenture (NYSE: ACN), through its Accenture Ventures Project Spotlight initiative, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, to help power decision-making at organizations across myriad industries including agriculture, consumer packaged goods, energy, forestry and government.

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Accenture has entered into a collaboration agreement with Planet to help power decision-making at organizations across myriad industries including agriculture, consumer packaged goods, energy, forestry and government. (Photo: Business Wire)

By combining Planet’s high frequency satellite imagery data with Accenture’s broad array of sustainability services and deep industry and technology expertise, the two companies will collaborate on an array of sustainability and impact initiatives, including measurement, traceable supply chain strategy and data-based climate risk assessments to mitigate disruption across global value chains.

The collaboration with Planet is aligned with Accenture Ventures’ Project Spotlight, an engagement and early investment program that connects emerging technology startups with the Global 2000 to fill strategic innovation gaps.

"With its vast network of satellites, Planet offers one of the richest sources of daily, timely data about what is happening to our Earth — rich data that can yield incredibly valuable insights to help drive sustainability advancements and benefit industry and society as a whole," said Tom Lounibos, managing director, Accenture Ventures. "With our organizations’ shared visions and values around sustainability as a key underpinning, we believe our collaboration with Planet will yield countless opportunities to combine our strengths and innovate on behalf of new and existing shared clients."

Planet operates the world’s largest commercial fleet of approximately 200 earth imaging satellites that capture the majority of Earth’s landmass every day. Planet’s data is transforming the way companies and governments use satellite imagery data, delivering insights at the daily pace of change on earth.

Timely data derived from high-frequency satellite imagery can play a powerful role in driving numerous types of sustainability efforts ranging from energy transformation and sustainable agriculture to sustainable commodity sourcing and end-to-end supply chain tracking. The imagery can also yield valuable data to help financial services organizations identify market trends and risks tied to climate change, energy resources and commodity availability, while also helping public sector defense and intelligence organizations make more informed decisions pertaining to energy security, food security and other mission-critical or tactical decision making.

For example, Accenture’s Global H&PS AI/ESG teams and Accenture Federal Services’ Applied Intelligence Discovery Lab partnered with Planet using AIP+ (a managed service, multi-cloud environment for advanced AI and machine learning tools and applications, as well we data exchange for sustainability) to create a proof-of-concept for the Inter-American Development Bank. Using AI/machine learning models and Planet data, Accenture was able to create a geospatial solution that models the impact of climate change on energy capacity in Central America and the Caribbean. This was presented at the IDB Invest Sustainability Week conference in Miami in June 2022.

"Broadening the adoption of practical AI applications as an enabler of ESG risk and impact management is critical for IDB Invest," said Leonardo Mazzei, Sustainability Sector lead at IDB Invest. "The proof-of-concept developed in partnership with Accenture is an example of how to leverage novel AI capabilities to accelerate sustainability-linked solutions, putting data-driven decision-making at the core of how businesses operate."

"Accenture has demonstrated a deep commitment to sustainability and to helping its clients around the world utilize innovative technologies and new sources of data to help drive their sustainability efforts forward, so we view this as a very strategic collaboration," said Kevin Weil, president, Product and Business at Planet. "In addition to opportunities to collaborate with many shared clients, we believe our participation in Accenture Ventures’ Project Spotlight program will help illustrate the benefits our data can deliver to organizations across different industry sectors."

The Accenture and Planet collaboration builds on Accenture’s broader sustainability initiatives with a variety of clients, strategic alliance partners, and other international organizations, which includes very early-stage investments in key technologies and services that create value not just for clients but also its broader ecosystem partners, as sustainability continues to solidify as a top issue for all stakeholders.

"Working with Planet underscores Accenture’s commitment to space innovation and exploration as a sizable business opportunity for our clients," added Paul Thomas, space innovation lead, Technology Innovation at Accenture. "From accelerating orbital science to facilitating secure commerce systems in space, we see tremendous benefits in space innovation for business, society, and the planet. In an uncertain world, technology advancement is the one certainty you can count on – today and in the future."

About Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 721,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at accenture.com.

About Planet

Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL) is a leading provider of global, daily satellite imagery and geospatial solutions. Planet is driven by a mission to image the world every day, and make change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest Earth observation fleet of imaging satellites, capturing over 30 TB of data per day. Planet provides mission-critical data, advanced insights, and software solutions to over 800 customers, comprising the world’s leading agriculture, forestry, intelligence, education and finance companies and government agencies, enabling users to simply and effectively derive unique value from satellite imagery. Planet is a public benefit corporation trading on the New York Stock Exchange as PL. To learn more visit www.planet.com and follow us on Twitter.

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Planet Labs PBC Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, Planet Labs PBC’s ability to capture market opportunity and realize any of the potential benefits from current or future product enhancements, new products, or strategic partnerships and customer collaborations. Forward-looking statements are based on Planet Labs PBC’s management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to them. Because such statements are based on expectations as to future events and results and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ materially from those projected. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to the risk factors and other disclosures about Planet Labs PBC and its business included in Planet Labs PBC's periodic reports, proxy statements, and other disclosure materials filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which are available online at www.sec.gov, and on Planet Labs PBC's website at www.planet.com. All forward-looking statements reflect Planet Labs PBC’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date such statements are made. Planet Labs PBC undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

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Contacts

Christian Harper
Accenture
+1 917 452 4417
christian.harper@accenture.com

Megan Zaroda
Planet
+1 610 508 2202
megan.zaroda@planet.com