Sahara Group has partnered with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in a bid to promote sustainable development in Nigeria’s private sector.
Director of Governance and Sustainability at Sahara Group, Pearl Uzokwe will be providing insight on how the private sector can become the engine room for driving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at OECD’s forthcoming week on Private Finance for Sustainable Development in France.
Uzokwe, who spoke ahead of the event, said “we are beginning to see a paradigm shift in the way the private sector tackles societal issues. Businesses are not islands and as such cannot succeed in a failing world. It is no longer okay to operate solely for revenue generation. Societal issues are both business issues and opportunities. Sahara Group remains committed to partnering with the public sector, government and civil society towards the attainment of sustainable solutions”.
The forthcoming event, which is being promoted by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, is a specialised policy dialogue that will have business leaders, investors, senior policy makers from governments, civil society, trade unions, parliaments and international organisations in attendance.
According to Uzokwe, Sahara Group has pioneered several private sector led interventions with sustainable results across locations where the company operates.
Sahara group was founded in August 1996 and started with the business of trading petroleum products. The company has since expanded into the upstream, midstream, power and infrastructure sectors. It has operations in over 38 countries across Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe.