Seventy per cent of participating companies and donor foundations in research by the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (Center for State and Society Studies − CEDES) either promote or support initiatives to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end poverty. According to the study, carried out on behalf of Grupo de Fundaciones y Empresas (Foundations and Companies Group – GDFE), some 94 organizations (62 companies and 32 foundations) said they carry out actions that are directly in line with the MDGs. Overall, the goals most often supported are those relating to a sustainable environment, universal basic education and promoting work with dignity. Priorities for companies tend to be promoting work with dignity, a sustainable environment and gender equality and fairness, while foundations concentrate most of their social investment on eradicating poverty and providing universal basic education. The study also showed some move towards longer-term planning, with an increasing number of programmes running for two years.
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