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Mobilizing the private sector to improve the lives & livelihoods of the more than 20 million men, women & children forcibly displaced from their home countries.

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Tackling the Crisis of our Time

A New Approach to Supporting Refugees

As traditional actors struggle to cope with the global refugee crisis – with ever-increasing numbers of refugees, displaced for longer periods of time – it is clear that the private sector has a more important role than ever before. The Tent Foundation works with businesses to develop and implement concrete commitments to support refugees, especially by hiring refugees, integrating them into supply chains, investing in refugees, and delivering services to them. We believe these steps are good for refugees, good for the communities that host them, and good for business.

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Hiring & Supply Chains

Companies can improve the livelihoods of refugees by hiring refugees as employees, sourcing from refugee-owned businesses, and sourcing from businesses that employ refugees.

Service Delivery

Businesses can reach refugees directly and engage refugees as customers by adapting their goods, services, and delivery systems to meet the needs of refugee communities.

Impact Investment

Companies can invest directly in refugee entrepreneurs, refugee-owned small and medium-sized enterprises, social enterprises that meet refugee needs, and businesses that hire and source from refugees.

Measurable Impact

Tent Partnerships

The private sector is uniquely positioned to help end the global refugee crisis. That’s why Tent is bringing businesses, refugee relief organizations, governments, and academia together to amplify business-led initiatives to support refugees. Our partners come from a diverse range of industries, and have made meaningful & measurement commitments around the globe.

Generali

Generali committed to empowering refugees to set up 500 new businesses, providing entrepreneurs with skills training, business coaching and start-up funding.

Europe
Pearson

Pearson committed to providing digital and programmatic solutions for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian children. A pilot launched in September.

Middle East & North Africa
WeWork

WeWork committed to hiring 1,500 refugees over the next five years, and will also invite its member companies to match its hiring goal.

North America
MasterCard

MasterCard committed to expanding its services to reach refugees to integrate them into their communities through access to identity, digital infrastructure and enhanced data.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Starbucks is leading a global effort to welcome and employ 10,000 refugees by 2022. In the U.S., initial efforts are focused on Iraqi and Afghan refugees who have served as interpreters for the U.S. Armed Forces. This commitment also includes hiring 2,500 refugees in the Europe, Middle East and Africa, and 1,000 refugees in Canada.

Hiring & Supply Chains

“We want to help refugees in Europe beyond the immediate emergency. The idea is to help them secure a decent life for themselves and their families through work. We will do this by supporting those who have the skills and the mindset to create their own business and become entrepreneurs. This is a key priority for Generali and The Human Safety Net.”

Philippe Donnet, CEO, Generali Group

Impact Investment

Airbnb is providing temporary accommodations for 100,000 displaced people and supporting their local integration into communities across Europe and North America.

Service Delivery

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