Faced with increasingly complex global events, such as climate change and migratory flows, we have chosen to extend the scope of our development initiatives, going beyond the boundaries of our operational areas and building alliances with leading internationally recognised partners in surrounding regions. This joint action and sharing of knowledge contributes to improving the living conditions of people in the countries in which we have a presence – and is in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.
It is an enormous challenge that requires the universal support of governments, international organisations, the private sector, investment funds, universities, research centres, co-operation and faith-based organisations – all of whom understand the fragility and needs of the people in the places where we operate.
As Alberto Piatti, executive vice president of Eni’s Responsible and Sustainable Enterprise Unit, explains: “The partnerships are a powerful way to share experience, technical knowledge, working methods and economic and social resources. This is fundamental to implementing long-term development initiatives.” In this sense, “Public-private partnerships (PPP) give the private sector a new role that, jointly with other parties, can support real ‘sustainable development’ in line with SDG 17.”