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Contributions from the Brazilian industrial sector to sustainable development

Martins, VWB and Rampasso, IS and Siltori, PFS and Cazeri, GT and Anholon, R and Quelhas, OLG and Leal Filho, W (2020) Contributions from the Brazilian industrial sector to sustainable development. Journal of Cleaner Production, 272. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier Ltd This paper aims to evaluate the perception of experts on the contribution of the Brazilian industrial sector in terms of sustainable development, focusing in particular on three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) presented by United Nations (UN). A survey was conducted with professionals from Brazilian industry in order to identify their perceptions. It obtained sixty one answers and the collected data was evaluated technically and descriptively by TOPSIS analysis. It was found that Brazil has been carrying out some relevant actions, both sporadic and planned, with significant opportunities for improvement. Comparatively, the most cited contributions are those related to increasing productivity and technological modernization, which contributes to the inclusion of young people in the labor market, improving resource efficiency and the minimization of environmental degradation. Conversely, the least cited contributions are those related to the stimulation of sustainable consumption and negotiation with small companies. Therefore, the authors believe that the findings of this research could be useful for professionals and academics as guidance. It is also important to mention that no similar paper was found with an academic basis, which reinforces the originality and the contribution of this paper.

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