The objective of this study is to verify whether some of the largest companies in Brazil adopt management practices aligned with the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Overview information obtained from the web sites of six Brazilian multinational companies listed in the Forbes Global 2000 ranking was analyzed.
The major findings of this study indicate that the companies studied did not demonstrate clear knowledge of the MDGs, nor did they adopt practices aiming at meeting those goals. The evidences show that the companies adopt corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, which are indirectly related to four MDGs. It was observed that the CSR practices tend to be developed based on a contingency perspective according to the characteristics and impacts of products offered by those companies. Therefore, there is a window of opportunity for those companies to begin developing programs in order to meet the MDGs aiming at new business opportunities, innovative CSR practices, and new ways to make CSR information evident and more organized.
The originality of this research lies in the fact that there is a dearth of literature on MDGs and companies in development countries.
José Chiappetta Jabbour, C., Saturnino Neto, A., Ricardo Souza Freitas, W., Alves Teixeira, A. and Januario da Silva, E. (2012), "Organizations and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Evidence from some of the largest companies in Brazil", Humanomics, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 26-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/08288661211200979Download as .RIS
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