This Wednesday (04), at the headquarters of the Paraná State Industry Federation (FIEP) in Curitiba, companies and institutions that are helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) received the MDG Seal, an initiative of the “We Can Paraná Movement”, through the Industry Social Service (Sesi). This was the 4th edition, in which 168 projects were entered from 49 municipalities in Paraná, 148 of which were certified. Around 300 people took part, including several high officials, including Paraná Vice-Governor Flávio Arns, State First Lady Fernanda Richa, UN Resident Coordinator in Brazil Jorge Chediek, FIEP President Edson Campagnolo and Assistant Secretary General of the Presidency Luiz Vieira, as well as several Paraná city mayors and department heads.

CAB received the Seal for two environmental education projects in Paranaguá; the ‘’No Fat in the Sewer’’ program, in association with the Municipal Department of the Environment, which collects used household cooking oil at various points throughout the city for recycling and transformation into biofuel, and the ‘’Open Doors” project, which shows children in the public school system how water and sewage are treated, thereby raising their awareness of the environment and of the conscientious use of water. ‘’This recognition is very important for us, because it acknowledges CAB’s social, environmental and educational ties with the community through these programs,” declared José Mauro Cajueiro, Southern Region Director.

The certification is a means of recognizing the importance of social and sustainability projects created by Paraná-based companies, thereby contributing to local development. In order to qualify, the projects must have been in place for at least a year, have presented quantitative and qualitative results and be in good standing with the tax authorities. The MDG Seal is valid for one year and certified companies and institutions can display it on their promotional materials.

MDG – The Millennium Development Goals were defined in 2000 during a UN Summit Meeting where leaders of 189 countries signed a pact to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. There are eight goals involving such issues as income generation, education, gender equality, health and the environment.