Hamdi Ulukaya announces launch of the Tent Coalition for Afghan Refugees on CBS Mornings

On September 21, Tent launched its Coalition for Afghan Refugees a network of companies from across the U.S. that have committed to help integrate Afghan refugees, including by training and hiring them. Tent Founder and Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya spoke with Gayle King, Nate Burleson, and Tony Dokoupil on CBS Mornings to announce the launch of the Coalition and highlight the importance of supporting our Afghan allies.

Ulukaya noted that Afghan refugees, many of whom worked with the U.S. government and military, are highly educated and come with years of work experience. Finding employment is a critical challenge for refugees, made even more difficult when they flee their countries in a rush and with no time to bring critical paperwork and accreditations.

In addition to it being the right thing to do, Ulukaya pointed out that companies will also experience benefits as a result of hiring Afghan refugees, saying, “You’re going to have access to one of the most dedicated workforces in the whole universe. They’re going to give their heart, and they’re going to make sure this opportunity means a lot for them and their families.”

The first cohort of companies to join the initiative includes Amazon, Gap Inc., Hilton, Pfizer, and UPS. Read more about the Coalition in Fast Company and Inc., and listen to Ulukaya’s interview with NPR.

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