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 issues and 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 for many years to inspire students and improve leadership skills. Last year, PwC supported students who attended AIESEC’s convention in Ibadan, Nigeria. Students gave presentations on high performance, financial management and accountability. 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.
In 2011, we focused on youth and education in line with our internal priorities and core capabilities. By helping to renovate a nursery/primary school, for example, we helped create a safer environment more conducive to teaching and learning. Renovation efforts included flooring, plastering, painting, constructing windows and doors, reinforcing ceiling frames and providing blackboards, classroom cabinets and shelves. The project was supervised by PwC Nigeria leadership and staff. The funds for the renovation were donated by PwC Nigeria staff, their families and their friends.