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PwC: national companies know the SDGs, but are only focused on social responsibility

A PwC study on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Angola, released this Wednesday, reveals that 76 percent of the companies surveyed are aware of the SDGs, but a large part of their action is solely focused on social responsibility.

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The research data from PwC, a consulting and auditing company, was presented this Wednesday, in Luanda, by the person responsible for the consultancy's Sustainability and Climate Change area, Cláudia Coelho.

According to the study presented at the opening of the III Conference on Environment and Development, which addressed the impact of the SDGs on business, 59 percent of the companies surveyed have their actions focused on social responsibility, 37 percent in the financial sector, 26 percent on the impact of the SDGs.

Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Cláudia Coelho praised Angolan companies' knowledge of the SDGs, noting, however, that their action "is not yet very strategic".

"Because what many of them do is limited to specific support in very social areas, when what they want is for companies to think more about their business", she highlighted, defending solid collaboration between companies and the public sector for the achieving the SDGs.

The official considered the SDGs as "a sign of an agenda for global sustainability", highlighting that "companies naturally have a special role, as they need to understand what the challenges are".

"There is a set of challenges here that are partly answered by companies, Governments naturally have an essential part of everything that has to do with infrastructures, with the most basic conditions", she highlighted.

Cláudia Coelho stated that Angola has a set of "very big challenges" to achieve the SDGs, especially at a social level and the transformation of the energy sector.

"But what is interesting to think about is how increasingly companies with strong corporate social responsibility that are very aligned and integrated with the community can, in fact, develop projects that simultaneously contribute to the SDGs and the development of society," she said.

The person responsible for PwC's Sustainability and Climate Change area considered, at the same time, that the SDGs are not just a commitment between States, "also implying a need for alignment of all private sector companies".

Aligning companies with the SDGs, she argued, allows them not only to identify and manage potential risks to the business, but also to drive innovation and provide new opportunities.

The III Environment and Development Conference, held this Wednesday, in Luanda, is an initiative of the Economy & Market magazine.

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