PwC is a strong brand in our markets and we have a responsibility to show leadership, both as a business and as a community member. We are committed to making a positive difference, based upon our core competencies and values.
The Africa Central corporate responsibility programme was launched in July 2008 in line with global PwC objectives. Since then, we have embedded corporate responsibility into our strategy, focusing on education and community issues as well as health, famine and disaster relief.
In all of our markets, a considerable number of PwC staff participate in corporate responsibility projects and willingly donate generously. Many of these donations are matched in kind by PwC firms.
PwC has worked with AIESEC, Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) and others, to improve leadership skills and inspire students. PwC Nigeria also partnered with the University of Lagos chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), an organisation dedicated to building leadership skills by connecting students and business leaders. PwC volunteers delivered papers on the financial management of businesses and assessed proposals from several young entrepreneurs.
We are focused on youth and education in line with our internal priorities and core capabilities. We have helped with renovating schools to create safer, more conducive teaching and learning environment; awarded education bursaries and; run mentorship programmes.
This year, we are championing the Chess4Change initiative, which aims to improve the analytic and mathematical abilities of students in secondary schools by getting them to play and cultivate a passion for the game of Chess.