CSR, Sustainable Development

How CSR can aid developing countries to meet their MDG Targets. (Nigeria as a case study)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states, at the time, and at least 23 international organizations committed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The goals are as follows:
1.To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2.To achieve universal primary education
3.To promote gender equality and empowering women
4.To reduce child mortality rates
5.To improve maternal health
6.To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7.To ensure environmental sustainability
8.To develop a global partnership for development
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is expiring next year.
Right now the international development community is taking stock of the progress recorded so far by member countries and is pondering over what happens after 2015.
Locally, how have corporate organisations in Nigeria helped the governments (federal, states and local) to meet the MDGs targets? Companies in the country should tailor their corporate social responsibility initiatives to suit MDGs targets.
Intervention in the various MDG goals listed above by the numerous companies operating in Nigeria would go a long way in the realisation of the MDG objectives. At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) highlighted the positive role sustainable food systems can play in the fight against hunger. While the UN World Food Programme stated that, every day 840 million people go hungry.
Similarly, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 shows why education is important and paramount for development in a rapidly changing world.
These are just a few areas that companies could concentrate on in aiding the country to meet its MDG targets.
With only a year to go, maybe a law should be enacted like in India, to compel companies to spend a fraction of their profit on CSR Initiatives, which must include the ready-made MDGs 8-point agenda. The Public-Private Partnership operative in Nigeria is an operative tool/ mechanism which could be enhanced to achieving these goals.


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