Generali committed to empowering refugees to set up 500 new businesses, providing entrepreneurs with skills training, business coaching and start-up funding.Europe
The Tent Partnership for Refugees is a coalition of more than 100 companies making efforts to support refugees around the world.
The Tent Partnership, which incorporated the private sector commitments announced in response to President Obama’s 2016 Call to Action, serves as a platform for companies to share information and best practices, increase private sector coordination, and forge innovative solutions to deliver greater impact in response to the global refugee crisis.
Generali committed to empowering refugees to set up 500 new businesses, providing entrepreneurs with skills training, business coaching and start-up funding.Europe
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 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 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
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To date, Tent Partnership commitments have provided support for nearly 200,000 refugees and are being implemented across 34 countries. These commitments include employing refugees, investing in refugee entrepreneurs, delivering education to refugees, and providing access to financial services.
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17 Asset Management committed to launching 17 Jordan, an investment platform that will promote Jordan-focused investment deals, a third of which will be directed at refugees and their host communities. Through the platform, 17 Asset Management will focus on raising funds for deals that have strong financial returns for their investors and positively contribute to Jordanian society, including a focus on creating new jobs for refugees.
Additionally, 17 Asset Management, in partnership with the Refugee Investment Network, committed to launching 3IM (the “Initiative for Inclusive Investment in Mexico”), an investment platform and fund that will promote Mexico-focused investment deals. The fund objective will provide attractive financial returns for its investors and positively contribute to Mexican society while ensuring that one-third of the deals benefit refugees, especially through job-creation, and their host communities.
ABN AMRO committed to hiring 80 refugees by 2021 as part of the Reboot program, which was launched in 2017 to help refugees find employment at ABN AMRO in the Netherlands. As part of the Reboot program, ABN AMRO will provide an extensive coaching program over the course of one year to every ‘Rebooter’, which consists of language training, cultural training, and interactive coaching sessions with managers that focus on personal experiences. This commitment will connect refugees to full time employment in the Netherlands, while addressing ABN AMRO’s challenge of finding skilled employees for a variety of roles across the organization.
Accenture committed to supporting a skill-development program for 60 Venezuelan refugees in the north of Brazil to help them either find employment opportunities or start their own businesses in partnership with Migraflix, an NGO providing livelihoods support to refugees in Brazil. Of the group that is seeking employment, Accenture will aim to hire refugees who qualify for their open positions, or help them find jobs at other companies in Brazil. In Colombia, Accenture committed to launching a research project with the IDB and Colombian government to assess the challenges facing refugees integrating into the workforce and to identify opportunities for the private and public sectors to address those issues.
Accenture Netherlands committed to hiring 100 refugees and establishing 150 new mentorship opportunities between Accenture employees and refugee talents by 2025. In addition, Accenture will organize 15 training events around IT skill development and invite at least 10 business partners to support the integration of refugee talent. Overall, by 2025, Accenture will invest €1 million in refugee employment integration in the Netherlands.
Accenture committed to providing over $3 million in financial support and in-kind strategic consulting, program management, and digital services to support the Partnership for Refugees and Upwardly Global. Regarding Upwardly Global, Accenture is expanding its refugee workforce programs in the United States and globally as aligned to its global Skills to Succeed program. Accenture is also collaborating with UNHCR to launch a connectivity strategy for refugees and with USA for UNHCR through the Accenture Innovation Challenge to increase its impact on refugees while raising awareness among graduate students nationally.
Accor is exploring supporting refugees in various countries and has started programs to hire refugees in France and the United Kingdom. Accor is also interested in exploring sourcing products from local refugee entrepreneurs.
Additionally, Accor committed to hiring 150 refugees in its hotels and operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru by 2021. To ensure their successful integration in the company, Accor will provide training to their refugee employees and cultural sensitivity coaching for their managers. In addition, Accor committed to encouraging its suppliers, investors and partners in Latin America to take action to support refugees in the region.
adidas has provided working opportunities to more than 100 refugees since 2016, of which 24 have been hired in temporary or permanent positions in Germany in various departments, including retail, IT, finance, and HR. Under the adidas Integration Program, each internship and work placement runs for a duration of at least six months.
AGT Foods worked with the World Food Program and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to improve their procurement of food supplies. This resulted in improved distribution of food necessities to refugees, and saved the World Food Program and Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement millions of dollars.
Airbnb committed to helping 1,000 displaced people gain access to temporary housing in Ecuador through its Open Homes Project, which provides short-term accommodation for free to displaced people.
Airbnb committed to developing a program that enables existing Airbnb hosts temporarily to accommodate refugee families when long-term housing is not immediately available. In addition, Airbnb committed to expanding its initiative to host relief workers through the travel credits program.
Airbnb committed to developing a job creation strategy for Syrian refugees in Jordan through a livelihoods pilot program. In 2017, Airbnb partnered with a number of locally based social enterprises and NGOs to pilot a marketplace for unemployed Jordanians and recently resettled refugees to offer experiences in Amman, including cooking, hiking, and photography lessons. Over 150 people participated and Airbnb is expanding this program.
Airbnb committed to creating a social media campaign to allow its hosts and guests to raise funds for the UNHCR. Efforts were amplified on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, and on the Airbnb and USA for UNHCR websites. In total, the campaign surpassed its initial goal raising $1.8 million worth of aid for refugees, including an $800,000 match from Airbnb.
Airbnb committed to supporting 50 refugee entrepreneurs in Brazil by leveraging their skills to offer cultural activities and workshops to locals and travelers on the Airbnb Experiences platform.
Akerman committed to providing pro bono legal services on behalf of refugee populations, including children and families facing immigration removal proceedings and seeking asylum in the United States, and expanding protection for thousands of immigrants who have fled persecution, warfare, gang violence, human trafficking, or abuse and neglect in their home countries. In addition, Akerman committed to extensive pro bono resources to represent nonprofits, NGOs, and social enterprise organizations that serve the needs of displaced people around the globe.
Amplio Recruiting committed to hiring and placing 10,000 resettled refugees in the U.S. in full-time employment by 2023, focusing on the construction, manufacturing and hospitality industries. This commitment, which is contingent upon the existence of a pool of working age refugees in the U.S. seeking employment, will scale Amplio Recruiting’s current efforts. To date, Amplio has placed 500 refugees into full-time jobs with partner companies in four cities. By 2023, Amplio’s operations will expand to an additional 16 locations across the U.S.
Arcadis committed to hiring 45 refugees across Europe over the next three years, as part of its diversity and inclusion programs. Arcadis will offer refugees the opportunity to attend a 3-month learning module on engineering and soft skills. A select number of these will then be invited to gain work experience at Arcadis for a period of one year, which will include language training. After a final selection, the most appropriate candidates will be offered a fixed contract.
Asito committed to hiring at least 50 refugees over the next 2 years, offering full-time positions where possible. Asito will continue to increase awareness for hiring refugees by motivating clients and other cleaning companies to work with refugees, and influence local and national regulations governing the process of hiring refugees.
Asocolflores, the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters, committed to hiring 100 Venezuelan refugees in 2020 during the high season of flower production in Colombia as a pilot. Based on the pilot’s success, Asocolflores intends to scale up to hiring 1,000 refugees by 2022. Asocolflores will also provide sensitivity training to help its flower businesses support refugee integration in Colombia’s rural provinces.
Autodesk committed to making an estimated $2 million software donation to UNHCR, offering 141 subscription licenses of Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate and 141 subscription licenses of Autodesk InfraWorks to support UNHCR’s physical settlement planning and design capacity.
Bancamia, a Colombian social development bank that is an entity of the BBVA Microfinance Foundation, committed to providing loans, bank accounts and insurance products to 200 Venezuelan entrepreneurs in Colombia by 2020. These financial services, combined with financial education courses, will help support the growth of Venezuelan-owned small businesses in Colombia.
Banesco, a bank in Panama, committed to helping 100 refugees in Panama start their own businesses through their Emprendedores Banesco program, including by providing training on financial literacy, marketing, and customer engagement.
Barilla committed to expanding its current efforts to train refugees, via internships or apprenticeships, as well as to hire refugees in its manufacturing plants and offices in Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, and Turkey, to reach a minimum of 75 additional refugees over the next five years. The employment opportunities will be identified based on business need in these markets. Barilla will work with local organizations and government agencies to identify, train and onboard refugees into its workforce, and to provide services such as language training.
Becton, Dickinson and Company committed to continuing to work with Direct Relief, a leading nonprofit organization, to provide $100,000 of financial support and in-kind donations of insulin injection devices for distribution to countries serving refugee populations. In addition, Direct Relief committed to engaging with the U.S. government to advocate for other collaborative initiatives for humanitarian support for Syrian refugees to help control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes among refugee populations. Refugees are particularly vulnerable to health problems associated with NCDs due to their limited access to health services.
At least 500 refugees will complete Ben & Jerry’s business incubator program and be hired for part-time employment in Europe by 2023.
Ben & Jerry’s committed to launching the European-wide Together for Refugees Campaign in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Through the campaign, launched on World Refugee Day 2017, Ben & Jerry’s and the IRC are asking fans to urge their representatives to agree on a historic new piece of legislation (the “Union Resettlement Framework”); that would create a more coordinated response to the refugee crisis through refugee resettlement. Ben & Jerry’s has created a digital tool that enables citizens to email their representatives directly at benjerry.com/refugees and help ensure that some of the world’s most vulnerable people don’t have to take dangerous journeys to reach safety. Ben & Jerry’s has committed to using all of their communication channels to amplify the campaign, including digital, PR, events and an all new awareness-raising flavor Home Sweet Honeycomb.
Ben & Jerry’s committed to expanding its program which piloted in the UK in 2017 working with refugee entrepreneurs in 2018.
Blue Meets Blue, an ethical apparel brand, was founded to provide refugees with employment opportunities that leverage their existing tailoring skills. As the company grows, it plans to integrate more refugees into its workforce and continue to provide a welcoming environment for refugees to work.
The Bogota Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with other Chambers of Commerce in Colombia, committed to supporting 780 Venezuelan refugees and Colombians returning from Venezuela to help them start their own businesses in Colombia by 2022. The Chambers of Commerce will provide support through training and advisory services in the pre-acceleration stage, and consider the most successful refugee-owned businesses in this cohort for additional mentorship and business development support to help grow their companies.
The Boston Consulting Group committed to providing in-kind strategic consulting to catalyze cross-sector engagement that effectively, innovatively, and sustainably addresses refugee challenges. Furthermore, BCG remains committed to contributing research on refugee topics; recent publications explore the most effective food assistance efforts for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon as well as the integration of refugees into the workforce.
Bpost is hiring people that are often excluded from the labor market, including refugees, in roles delivering mail and packages. To help potential new colleagues succeed at the company, Bpost provides targeted language training and facilitates driving classes. As part of its company-wide focus on a respectful, diverse, and inclusive working environment, Bpost provides coaching and communications training for its management in order to prepare its leadership to integrate employees from diverse backgrounds. Bpost plans to scale these efforts.
BRCK committed to equipping children, women, and youth in refugee camps with digital access and digitalized resources so as to enhance their literacy skills and empower refugees with relevant content they can access easily. BRCK will also develop a social messaging platform and provide relevant training and support for the refugee community, using Wifi hotspots with easily accessible content.
Care.com committed to scaling its pilot to train refugee women for employment in the care industry from 180 to 1,000 trainees in Germany by 2020. In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, Care.com is providing training to refugee women in Germany to enable them to work in various caregiving roles, including in-home caregivers, and will help to identify internships, apprenticeships and full-time employment for the trainees. Care.com will also work with partners to provide language training and further education opportunities for trainees who want to pursue full-time childcare or nursing positions in Germany.
Careem, a technology company, is committed to hiring 100 refugees and upskilling 100 refugees over the next five years. Careem will provide full-time employment opportunities, internships, skills-based workshops and mentorship opportunities for refugees across its various markets. The specific opportunities will depend on local regulations and policies towards refugees.
Chobani committed to continue hiring refugees in its workforce. Chobani has hired 300 refugees in the United States.
Cisco committed to continuing to provide financial and in-kind services in support of the refugee crisis. Since September 2015, Cisco has provided over $4 million through employee giving, Cisco Foundation matches and grants, product donations, and in-kind support. Cisco funded the first two Refugee First Response Center prototypes, units to provide ‘healthcare in a box’ that will enable access to the internet, remote translation services, and medical care for refugees. Cisco employees, in partnership with NetHope, installed more than 80 Meraki-based Wi-Fi hotspots across Greece, reaching over 600,000 refugees. Cisco provided $350,000 in funding to Mercy Corps to support development and expansion of Refugee.Info.
Citigroup committed to collaborating with its public and private sector clients as well as with its strategic partners to focus on sustainable solutions that are responsive to the needs of refugees, such as initiatives that target youth education and employability. In addition, Citigroup committed to collaborating with sovereigns and the international development community on ideas around creative financing solutions to unlock funding to address the needs of displaced persons. Citi will continue to optimize its relationships with supranational agencies and NGOs that operate in conflict and refugee zones.
Classic Fashion Apparel Industry Ltd. Co., the largest garment manufacturing company in Jordan, committed to hire 300 refugees into its garment factories over a two-year period between January 2018 and December 2019.
Company, New York’s first curated vertical innovation campus, committed to providing refugees with access to the tech job market and professional development opportunities. Company will encourage startups within its portfolio to hire refugees for internships and full-time roles in the coming year and will seek to recruit refugee-owned startups or startups providing direct services to refugees into its accelerator program. Company will also offer professional development opportunities to high-skilled refugees in the tech industry, including mentorship and resume review. In addition, Company will host quarterly events for its community in which it challenges portfolio startups, partners and its broader network to support the tech needs of the refugee population.
The Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Corporación Favorita, IDB, UNHCR and UNDP commit to placing 1,920 refugees in full-time jobs in Ecuador by 2022, as well as placing several hundred more refugees in part-time jobs, through the “Sin Fronteras” project. This initiative will also help 660 refugees in Ecuador start their own businesses.
Cotopaxi committed to continuing to provide support to refugees through financial support, volunteerism, and job creation. Cotopaxi supports health, education and livelihoods initiatives for refugees through the International Rescue Committee and Nothing But Nets.
Coursera committed to launching and supporting Coursera for Refugees in conjunction with the Department of State. Coursera for Refugees enables an unlimited number of nonprofits that work with refugees to apply for at least one year of group financial aid. Partner nonprofit organizations will be able to support refugees in quickly building career skills and gaining recognizable certificates through access to the 1,000+ Coursera courses offered by leading universities. Coursera for Refugees also includes organizational support services for partner nonprofit organizations.
Dalberg committed to producing research, analysis, and thought leadership that pushes innovation and collaboration among public, private, and social sector actors seeking to manage the refugee crisis. Dalberg also committed to supporting others in the Tent Partnership and beyond with strategic advisory services aimed at developing respectful, effective, and efficient solutions to the refugee crisis.
Danby Appliances will hire 400 refugees in Canada by 2023, to include full-time and part-time employment, apprenticeships and internships. This effort is part of Danby’s Ease into Canada program, which aims to help refugee newcomers enter the Canadian workforce and integrate into their new communities.
Deloitte committed to expanding access to education, skills development, and opportunity. In collaboration with Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, Deloitte co-developed a research study focused on the economic potential of refugees, and the barriers they face as they seek to live and work in their host countries.
Deloitte committed to developing a technology solution called FuturesHub, in collaboration with a global technology company, to help connect refugees with education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Dental Care Professionals committed to helping 60 refugees with a dentistry or dental technician background to find work in a Dutch dental practice in the next three years. Providing refugees who are educated as dentists with work experience will help them with their exams and registration with the Dutch Beroepen in de Individuele Gezondheidszorg (BIG) register, the national register of authorized healthcare professionals. Dental Care Professionals will identify jobs where a supervising dentist is willing to provide coaching to refugee dentists. In addition, Dental Care Professionals will encourage the Dutch government to introduce policies on BIG registration so that refugee dentists can more easily work in dentistry in the Netherlands, where there is a high demand for dentists.
Dura Vermeer committed to hiring and finding employment for at least 45 refugees over the next three years with permanent positions in the construction industry in the Netherlands. Refugees who graduate from the two-year construction program at the Hogeschool of Rotterdam will be guaranteed a high-level technical position in the construction industry in the Netherlands either at Dura Vermeer or at companies in its partner network. Dura Vermeer will also support Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam to help prepare refugees for entrance into the labour market, by offering internships at Dura Vermeer and opening up their network. In addition, Dura Vermeer will encourage its suppliers to do more to support refugees and is helping to change the narrative around hiring refugees in the Netherlands.
Epimonia is a fashion apparel company in the U.S. that sells bracelets, called Embracelets, made out of recycled life jackets that have been used by refugees who crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. The bracelets are produced in a factory, called the Dream Factory, which currently employs refugees in the Hague, Netherlands. Epimonia donates 50% of profits to U.S charities that support refugees, including the International Institute of MN for language learning, job placement and citizenship classes for refugees and Dream Refugee Mentorship to support refugee education.
Expedia has provided financial support to ReBootKamp, an organization in Jordan that trains Syrian refugees as software engineers and helps them to find jobs. In addition, Expedia is providing ongoing support to refugees through employee giving and volunteering.
Facebook committed to bringing Wi-Fi connectivity to 35 locations across Greece, in partnership with NetHope and to develop a strategy for bringing internet connectivity to individuals living in refugee camps and surrounding communities, in partnership with UNHCR and local partners. In addition, Facebook committed to leveraging the Facebook social media platform to raise awareness and funds for the refugee crisis and donate advertising credits and creative services support to UNHCR and other refugee-serving organizations.
Flores El Trigal, a Colombian flower company, committed to hiring 100 Venezuelan refugees at its flower farms in Colombia by 2022. Flores El Trigal will provide these employees with floriculture skills training.
Generali committed to empowering refugees to set up 500 new businesses by 2020. Through The Human Safety Net, Generali’s new initiative for its communities, Generali is harnessing entrepreneurship to enable refugees in Europe to create their own jobs. Through work, refugees can take back their dignity and build new livelihoods that secure a decent life for themselves and their families.
Starting in Germany and France, refugees can access a competitive 6- to 8-month program of incubation, training and funding to equip them with the skills, resources and tools for becoming successful entrepreneurs.
Goldman Sachs Gives committed to donating $7.5 million to support refugees in partnership with leading NGOs, including UNHCR. Specifically, Goldman provides support to organizations delivering critical humanitarian aid, including food, shelter, urgent medical care, and trauma support; ensures refugee children have access to consistent education and safe learning facilities throughout camps in and around Syria; and supports positive refugee integration in European host countries by providing English language, employability skills, and other training opportunities
Google committed to providing new funding and technical expertise to organizations enabling 10,000 out-of-school primary school-aged refugees in Lebanon to access free formal education through a new primary school classroom model in 2017.
Groenendijk Bedrijfskleding, a Dutch apparel company, committed to sourcing €1 million of garments over the next five years from suppliers in Jordan that employ or are working towards employing 25% refugees in their factories. The clothing that Groenendijk Bedrijfskleding sources from Jordan will be sold to its clients in Europe.
Grofin committed to investing approximately $5 million in 8 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Jordan that are either owned by refugees or employ refugees, a market that is currently underserved by traditional lenders, through its Nomou Jordan Fund over the next two years. In addition to its financial investment, Grofin will provide these SMEs with business support at pre-finance and post-finance stages, including helping to get the businesses investment-ready and making connections to local and international business opportunities. In addition, Grofin will encourage all of the 50+ SMEs in its portfolio in Jordan to hire refugees, increasing the number of jobs created for refugees by companies in the Nomou Jordan Fund to more than 100.
Gucci pioneered an initiative to hire refugees in Italy, for which it won UNHCR’s Welcome Award in 2018. Gucci is committed to extending the scope of this initiative both in Italy and in other countries.
Henry Schein committed to donating $350K in essential health care products to an international aid organization to support volunteer physicians providing care to Syrian refugees in Europe and the Middle East by 2019. Henry Schein will also donate $100,000 in oral care products to support volunteer dentists treating refugees, and 7,500 health and hygiene kits for refugees living in camps, including specialized kits for women and girls.
Hilton committed to building on existing efforts to impact 16,000 refugees by 2030 by providing hospitality skills training, in-kind donations and volunteer hours to refugee organizations, and offering employment opportunities.
Hissho Sushi committed to hiring 1,250 refugees as franchise owners by 2023 as the company expands its locations across the U.S. In addition, Hissho will hire 30 refugee employees at its headquarters in Charlotte, NC. This commitment will scale Hissho Sushi’s efforts to provide livelihood opportunities for refugees. Since its founding in 1998, Hissho Sushi has hired over 1,300 refugees across its sushi bar locations and headquarters in the U.S.
HOMY committed to providing vocational training to both Syrian refugees and Jordanian students as a company that specializes in modular building. The first vocational school will be built in Amman, Jordan, and will train about 200 refugee and local students during its first year. The ultimate goal is to provide capacity-building for the future reconstruction of Syria (and other neighboring countries), as well as facilitate integration among refugees and host communities.
HP committed to establishing six HP Learning Studios in Lebanon and Jordan to engage refugee youth in developing skills and help to give refugee students access to the latest education technology while providing adults the opportunity for employment re-skilling.
HP also committed to piloting the HP School Cloud, a new technology which brings open education resources to rural and underserved communities, to improve education outcomes for refugees in Uganda. HP and its partners, including Education Cannot Wait, UNHCR and Learning Equality, will start in 3 schools. Based on the success of the pilot, the commitment may expand to 15 schools in Uganda, impacting approximately 5,000 children, and be scaled to other countries.
HP committed to expanding the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) with additional free online courses and curated content to help refugees develop essential business and IT skills. In addition, HP is working with partners to increase access to technology and improve learning outcomes in refugee-hosting countries such as Malawi.
IBM committed to continuing its ongoing support of migrants and refugees, with a focus on the crisis in Europe. IBM intends to continue actively seeking grant partnerships, volunteerism opportunities, and other avenues to leverage IBM’s capabilities in support of this humanitarian crisis.
In Jordan, IKEA committed to providing employment opportunities through its supply chain for both refugees and their host communities. IKEA suppliers will employ Jordanian and refugee women at its production center to produce hand-woven rugs, textiles and other products. IKEA will start by employing 200 refugees and Jordanians and will sell their artisan products in the IKEA store in Jordan by year end, in the Middle East by mid next year and other global stores will start receiving products by 2019 onwards.
In Canada, IKEA has launched a national refugee employment initiative to help refugees join the workforce, develop new skills and integrate into communities across the country. As part of this initiative, IKEA Canada will hire 250 refugees within three years.
The IKEA Foundation committed to continuing its support of programs and partners aimed at strengthening the resilience of refugee communities and creating livelihood opportunities for refugee and host populations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Jordan.
Indiegogo committed to continuing to support fundraisers for refugees. Fundraisers on Indiegogo’s open platform have raised millions of dollars, supporting a range of relief efforts, from charitable organizations offering access to healthcare in front-line countries, to job development for those who have resettled, to living expenses for individuals who have been displaced.
Through its Salta Program, Inditex is providing targeted training and job opportunities for vulnerable groups, including refugees and other forced migrants, leading to more than 100 jobs for refugees in Inditex’s stores, factories, and logistics centers in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain to-date. It is also providing job opportunities to refugees through ordinary recruitment channels.
Since 2017, Inditex has donated more than half a million items of clothing to support refugees and migrants. Inditex has also provided financial support, since 2008, to NGOs working directly with refugees and displaced people, including Jesuit Refugee Service and Médecins Sans Frontières, for their efforts in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Syria, and Turkey, among others.
Since 2016, Inditex has been funding a pioneering academic initiative at Madrid’s Universidad Pontificia Comillas to deepen academic and applied research on refugees. The program has four components: researching refugee public policy and social integration programs, sponsoring postgraduate students in refugee regions to collaborate with refugee-support organizations, training students in the professional field of forced migration and refuge, and fostering greater public awareness of the refugee experience.
ING committed to providing a loan of €10 million to help launch 24 new businesses by Syrian refugees in Turkey, as well as by vulnerable members of the Turkish host community in Gaziantep, Adana, Şanlıurfa and Hatay, and supporting hundreds of additional start-ups with training and mentorship opportunities, with the cumulative goal of creating 2.200 new jobs in Turkey. Based on the success of the first year, ING and its partners will explore expanding the project for four additional years.
Innovest Advisory committed to mobilizing more than $7 million in debt and equity over the next two years to invest in projects that will directly support refugees. This commitment is part of Innovest’s strategy to source and curate opportunities for social purpose investors to invest in commercial business ventures that intentionally benefit refugees and/or host communities.
The commitment projects include creating new jobs for refugees in the apparel industry in Turkey and Jordan, providing access to finance for refugees in Jordan, Uganda, and Somalia, and offering affordable solar home systems to refugees in Kenya. Innovest will work alongside partner organizations such as the First Syrian Exporters Group, a consortium of Syrian owned garment businesses in Turkey, Pawame, an off-grid solar company in Kenya operating in Kakuma camp, KIMS Microfinance, the leading microfinance provider in Somalia, and FSI, a provider of ethical labor in recruiting and hiring refugees. It is estimated that these projects will create more than 6,000 employment opportunities for refugees, in addition to job opportunities for host communities.
Ipsos will hire 100 refugees by 2020 and will lead “Project Understanding,” a global study focused on how to build a broad public consensus on supporting refugees.
Jerash Garments and Fashions Manufacturing Company committed to hiring 100 additional refugees in its factories in Jordan in the next year. In 2017, Jerash became the first company in Jordan’s garment sector to employ Syrian refugees and this commitment builds on Jerash’s current efforts to employ 45 refugees, helping refugees in Jordan to become self-reliant. Jerash provides free transportation, child care, and technical and life skills training for its refugee workers.
Johnson & Johnson committed to donating an additional $1.75 million to Save the Children, earmarked for refugees, to be spent in 2016 and 2017.
Johnson & Johnson committed to expanding programmatic efforts from Lebanon and Jordan to Turkey and Egypt, and to shift its program focus to refugee education, mental health support, and community building initiatives for refugee parents, as well as launch a public awareness-campaign in support of refugees in the United States.
Kirkland & Ellis committed to continuing to provide pro bono representation of men, women and children facing removal proceedings after seeking asylum in the United States and ongoing pro bono support to a variety of other nonprofit organizations engaged in refugee and immigrant relief services.
KOIS committed to raising at least $20 million in investment for a three-year development impact bond (DIB) that is structured to support skills trainings, entrepreneurship, and job placement for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees and host populations in Jordan and Lebanon. The first tranche of the DIB is anticipated to launch in 2019 with the Near East Foundation, and Spark. Under the DIB, the Near East Foundation will expand an existing entrepreneurship program that provides training and seed capital to reach an additional 2,500 refugees and 2,500 locals in Jordan and Lebanon. KOIS will work identify and work with additional service providers in Jordan and Lebanon as they become DIB-ready.
KPMG committed to hiring 50 refugee newcomers in Canada by 2022. KPMG will partner with local organizations to identify refugee talent that aligns with the company’s business needs.
L’Oréal has provided highly-skilled refugees with a six-month internship in France and Germany as part of its INTERNgration project. In addition, L’Oreal has created a one-year program for refugees in the Netherlands to train to become hairdressers.
Levi Strauss & Co. is supporting a number of projects to help refugees, primarily in Europe, through employee volunteerism, philanthropic donations, in-kind product donations and capacity building of non-profit organizations. For example, in partnership with the Cooperative Porto Alegre in Rogivo, Italy, the company is launching a capsule collection made from repurposed Levi’s® denim. This pilot project will provide job training for refugees and asylum seekers served by the Cooperative, who are working in their tailoring and dress-making workshop.
The Libra Group committed to addressing the refugee crisis as the founding sponsor of The HOME Project, a nonprofit organization that was set up to meet the needs of unaccompanied refugee children in Greece. The HOME Project rescues children from the hostile conditions of the streets, holding camps and detention centers and brings them to the safety of professionally-managed shelters that have been set up specifically to provide a secure home environment in which children can socialize, integrate and flourish.
LinkedIn committed to growing its refugee initiative, Welcoming Talent, to additional countries beyond Sweden. LinkedIn is taking a different strategy in expanding to Canada by integrating LinkedIn training curriculum into economic empowerment and employment programs, in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s office and two local NGOs, and scaling this approach with the IRC to expand in global markets.
Localized committed to providing 500 refugees with access to role models and relevant career guidance from professionals who share cultural context and language over two years. Piloting in Jordan and the United States, Localized works with refugee organizations to provide access to its platform and identifies experts who speak Arabic and can provide practical and sector-specific mentoring.
ManpowerGroup is helping refugees connect to meaningful career opportunities. Since 2015, Manpower has helped over 3000 refugees gain new skills or competencies to find jobs in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK and Germany. ManpowerGroup is also working with its roster of company clients to educate them on the diverse pool of refugee talent.
ManpowerGroup committed to scaling its efforts to connect refugees to sustainable employment in the Netherlands to reach an additional 250 refugees by 2020. ManpowerGroup will do this by building on its efforts in 2018, which connected 500 employees with jobs in the Netherlands by working with its clients, several business partners, Dutch Refugee Council and the Association for Refugee Students (UAF). In addition, ManpowerGroup will explore opportunities to scale up local initiatives in Latin America, the Nordics, UK and Germany.
Additionally, ManpowerGroup committed to placing refugees in jobs in Mexico by working with its clients, as well as UNHCR, COMAR and Casa Refugiados. ManpowerGroup will train refugees to prepare them for the job search process and also provide them with legal assistance to ensure they can work legally.
Masimo committed to providing equipment and services valued up to $1 million, with the hope of assisting in improving health through the deployment of health screening initiatives. This will include providing child and family health screening to refugees and supporting aging/elderly refugees in countries which have accepted refugees, such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Italy, Germany, USA, and Canada.
Masimo committed to looking for hiring opportunities for refugees in countries which have accepted refugees, such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Italy, Germany, USA, and Canada.
MasterCard committed to expanding the reach of its MasterCard Aid Network, humanitarian prepaid, and remittance services, to 2 million aid recipients; to mobilize and partner with other private and public sector organizations to build “smart communities” that seek to integrate refugee populations; to assist refugee-serving organizations with information safety and security workshops and guidance; and to convene a multisector working session to determine how refugees can more easily access financial services.
Additionally, Mastercard is leveraging its products and solutions to help humanitarian and development organizations better understand the needs of refugees in Latin America. Mastercard and the Inter-American Development Bank committed to piloting an effort that will assess the water and sanitation needs of 1,000 refugees and members of their host community in La Guajira, Colombia. The knowledge collected will help scale the program to other markets in Latin America that are hosting large numbers of refugees.
McCain Foods will hire 125 refugees in full time, hourly, and temporary positions across its operations in Canada by 2024. To do so, McCain is partnering with local agencies in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Manitoba to match refugee candidates with positions.
McKinsey & Co. committed to conducting and publishing new research, which will seek to understand the root causes, economic, social, and environmental impacts of migration and to develop a toolkit for policymakers, executives, and social leaders; lead activities to improve education for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon; and partner with a leading international humanitarian organization to develop interventions to create meaningful job opportunities for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Microsoft committed to empowering organizations who respond to humanitarian emergencies, as well as the people and communities who are impacted. Since January 2016, Microsoft has invested $4 million in cash and over $30 million in technology solutions. This includes technology and capacity building support for nonprofit digital transformation, connectivity and information solutions like the expansion of the refugee.info platform and TV White Space Kits, and livelihood programs for education, digital skills training, and psychosocial support for refugees.
NaTakallam, a language education and translation social enterprise, provides part-time employment to refugees and other displaced persons who work remotely as teachers and translators. To date, NaTakallam has provided work opportunities to almost 150 refugees living in 21 countries who have taught and translated for 4,500 clients. NaTakallam plans to employ additional refugees.
NeedsList committed to directing financial, supply, and human resources to local NGOs who are providing services and locally sourced supplies to refugees. NeedsList will focus on the United States as well as a number of European countries hosting refugees, including Greece, Italy, France, Germany, and Serbia. NeedsList will scale its current operations to directly engage 50 companies and over 100,000 people to meet the needs of 500,000 refugees by 2020.
Nova Credit Inc. committed to building the world’s first cross-border credit reporting agency, enabling immigrants to access their credit. Nova committed to prioritize and develop data partnerships with countries that have a high refugee population in the United States, including Iran, Bhutan, and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these nations have limited financial infrastructure and the company pledges to pursue alternative data partnerships to help drive financial inclusion for these populations in need.
Oliver Wyman committed to recruiting qualified refugees in Europe, raise the issue of providing employment with clients, and use their partner network to explore solutions for enhancing entrepreneurial activities and developing job-related skills for refugees.
Oliver Wyman committed to providing a central website where clients can access information on organizations that can help them support refugees.
Palladium works with government agencies, companies, and non-profits to implement programs and research that spur employment, entrepreneurship, life-saving assistance, resilience, and self-reliance amongst refugees and their host communities in Lebanon, Uganda, Mali, and Indonesia.
Palliser committed to hiring 100 refugees at its furniture manufacturing plants in Mexico by 2021. To ensure refugee employees are set up for success, Palliser will establish a skills training center for refugees, as well as offer sensitivity training to prepare their staff to work with refugee employees. In addition, Palliser will provide affordable housing and medical care to support refugees’ integration into the workforce.
Paramount Fine Foods committed to sourcing $1 million of products over the next year from suppliers in Jordan that employ or are working towards employing 25% refugees in their factories. Paramount will use the products it sources from Jordan, such as olive oil and tahini, at its restaurant locations throughout Canada.
Peace by Chocolate will hire 50 refugees by 2022 at its facilities across Canada. In addition, Peace by Chocolate will provide mentorship and guidance to 10 refugee startups to develop their business and help four refugee businesses access new markets through Peace by Chocolate’s distribution and retailing networks.
Pearson committed to extending its partnership, Every Child Learning, doubling its initial investment of $2.2 million and working with partners to develop and provide digital educational solutions and programs for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian children.
Philips committed to striving to provide workplaces to 100 refugees over the upcoming 5 years (2019-2024) in the Netherlands and Germany. This builds on Philips’ long tradition of a culture that fosters Inclusion and Diversity. For the last 30 years, the Philips’ employment scheme in the Netherlands has focused on enabling people with a distance to the labor market to integrate into the workplace. Philips already has programs in place that offer refugees training and mentoring support, and integrates refugees into the company’s workforce.
Philips Foundation committed to partnering with Hospitainer to support a 50-bed field hospital, primary care and a mother and childcare department in the Al-Hol refugee camp in Syria, helping to provide medical equipment to more than 70 thousand people in desperate need. The Philips Foundation believes in a better health outcome for all and is determined to make an impact on refugees’ access to quality healthcare.
PIMCO committed to supporting the immediate needs of refugees with financial and human capital, including volunteering and pro bono assistance, from the PIMCO Foundation and PIMCO colleagues. Most recently, PIMCO’s Newport Beach, CA office – the firm’s global headquarters – hosted a Refugee Housing Campaign, through which funds were raised to provide a year’s worth of rent for five refugee families in Orange County.
PwC has supported various refugee initiatives in the Netherlands since 2015, including providing pro-bono services to organizations that focus on supporting refugees and organizing workshops for refugees to meet PwC clients as potential employers. In addition, PwC has offered three to six-month work experience placements to refugees in the tax, accountancy and advisory departments of PwC NL, and is now offering fifteen refugees a seven-month traineeship within the Assurance practice. The intention is to offer a contract at the end of the project.
Over the next two years, Rabobank committed to offering 60 refugees the prospect of entering the Dutch labor market. This can be through a job opportunity, but also through work experience placements, internships or via a training course within the IT department. This matches Rabobank’s diversity ambitions. In addition, Rabobank will continue providing support to organizations that help refugees via the Rabobank Foundation. Examples of this are De Werkclub, Sheltersuit, Sûr Atelier and Sarban.
Randstad committed to exploring ways to increase the number of refugees reached by their programs for training and mentoring in order to obtain employment or improve their position in the labor market. Randstad aims to reach an additional 1,000 refugees over the next 2 years in European countries like Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as Australia. Randstad will also look for opportunities to implement these programs in additional countries. To date, Randstad has implemented several programs that have touched the work lives of at least 5,000 refugees.
RB, through its brand Durex, is supporting efforts to provide sexual health and reproductive health education to refugees. RB has partnered with The Unmentionables, an NGO, and has developed a smartphone app and web-platform called “UnFiltered”, to ensure those who need sexual health and reproductive health education can access it anywhere. RB is now working to roll out “UnFiltered” to school educational boards globally in 2019, with the goal of having 250,000 people download the app and 50,000 people complete one module in 2019. Outside of “UnFiltered”, RB is also exploring other opportunities to support The Unmentionables in their wider work with the refugee community.
Refugee Talent committed to placing 175 refugees in Australia in full time jobs by May 2019 across various sectors. Refugee Talent will assist refugee candidates with the job application process and will offer companies that are hiring refugees support with diversity training and how to best integrate refugees into their workforce.
Refugee Talent also plans to expand its refugee placement efforts to New Zealand in 2019.
DSM committed to developing programs that enable refugees to obtain employment and to develop employee volunteer programs to facilitate the development of language and cultural skills of refugees resettling in the United States. In addition, DSM committed to offering programs to refugees on nutrition improvement and education and continue to work with leading organizations such as Upwardly Global, WFP, UNICEF, Global Health Corps, and World Vision to ensure that refugees have opportunity, nutrition, and healthcare.
Safaricom is developing a range of products and services to support refugees in Kenya. This includes an e-voucher product called Bamba Chakula that allows refugees to purchase food and other key items in partnership with the World Food Programme, which provides refugees with a sense of dignity and has helped to grow the local economy. In addition, Safaricom has worked with Vodafone, UNHCR, and Huawei to provide digital learning classrooms in refugee camps through the Instant Network Schools. Safaricom is exploring additional ways to help refugees, including through direct cash transfers.
Safe Ports, a U.S. company with expertise in logistical operations, committed to hiring 100 refugees over the next year at its new logistics hub, the Safe Ports Regional Gateway, in Mafraq, Jordan. The Safe Ports Regional Gateway will serve as a logistics hub for global businesses looking to set up or expand their operations in the Middle East. Safe Ports will work with international institutions and NGOs to train refugees and Jordanians to operate logistics equipment and Safe Ports will then employ those trained professionals for projects at the hub.
Salesforce.org committed to offering financial and in-kind services in support of integrating and upskilling refugees. Since 2015, Salesforce.org has provided more than $2 million through strategic grants and employee donations to non-profits which focus on training and upskilling refugees in order to help them progress into stable jobs, predominantly in the IT sector. Through this funding, more than 1,500 refugee youth have been positively impacted. Salesforce.org has also built its own mentorship and training program, known as Buddyforce, which matches Salesforce.org employees to refugees in order to support them with finding a job, learning the local language, and providing training on computer skills and Salesforce products. Salesforce.org has also committed to offering donated and discounted technologies to nonprofits involved in the refugee crisis. All nonprofits receive 10 free subscriptions and then steep discounts on additional technology solutions.
SAP committed to empowering 60,000 young refugees between the ages of 8 and 24 over the period of four years with coding skills through yearly ‘Code Weeks’ in nine countries around the world. First announced at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, Refugee Code Week supports the United Nations New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which aims to strengthen the economic and social contribution of migrants to their local communities and host countries. As a pillar of the SAP / UNHCR Refugee Aid Program, Refugee Code Week is a regional digital literacy initiative to empower youth across top host and transit countries with the critical coding skills they need to build for a better future and thrive in the 21st century. SAP works in partnership with UNHCR and ReBootKamp to turn coding literacy into expertise and job placements as a result. SAP has trained 10,500 young people since its launch in 2016.
Over the next three years, Shell committed to empowering displaced people and their host communities through access to more and cleaner energy choices. In close collaboration with partners from the humanitarian and private sector, Shell will develop market-based approaches to address the energy access challenge for refugees, with an initial focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Shell will work to equip displaced people & host communities, energy enterprises and humanitarian actors with the relevant data, skills and financial mechanisms to build local energy markets. Shell aims to test this scalable and replicable approach with a first pilot by the end of 2019.
Sierra Nevada, a Colombian hamburger-restaurant chain, committed to hiring 100 Venezuelan refugees as full-time employees by 2022. As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Sierra Nevada will also conduct sensitivity training to prepare its staff to work with refugee employees and ensure their successful integration into the company.
Signify has provided lighting solutions to community centers, schools and homes that support refugee populations in Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Tanzania – reaching more than 50,000 refugees to date. In addition, Signify has established an income-generating project for refugees in Tanzania, where female refugee entrepreneurs rent out solar lanterns to community members for nominal fees.
Signify Foundation committed to contributing to better living conditions for refugees and asylum seekers by enabling improved energy access and livelihood opportunities in Rhino camp in northwestern Uganda. Specifically, over the next two years, Signify Foundation will provide five community lighting centers, areas that are about the size of a small soccer field and are lit by a new generation of highly efficient solar powered LED lighting systems, that will reach at least 5,000 refugees. These centers allow for a solar powered kiosk to be available for supporting a small business relevant to the needs of the community. 30 young refugees will be trained with technical and business skills so they can provide ongoing maintenance and management of the centers. In addition, Signify Foundation will support the Danish Refugee Council with funds to help refugees start small businesses. This is a replication of Signify Foundation’s partnership with the Danish Refugee Council where a similar intervention provided access to energy and livelihoods in Tanzania.
Skilllab has developed mobile-based skill-assessment and occupation-matching software designed to support organizations providing career and education services for refugees. The mobile application performs an intuitive skill assessment in a refugee’s native language, and automatically generates and translates comprehensive skill profiles which map a refugee’s skill set to 3,000 occupations. Skilllab has collaborated with public employment services in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Tampere, Bristol, and Thessaloniki to explore how its software can be used to provide better career services to refugees and migrants across Europe. The company also hopes to bring its solution to new cities, including Brussels, Barcelona, Athens, Milan and Gothenburg with the aim of reaching hundreds more refugees to help match them to prospective jobs.
Sodexo committed to hiring 300 work-eligible refugees by 2020 in at least four countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil and Sweden. Sodexo will work with local organizations and key government agencies to identify and onboard the refugees into its workforce.
Additionally, Sodexo committed to hiring 300 refugees by 2021 in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. To ensure their success at the company, Sodexo will provide them with support such as language training and professional development coaching.
Sparrow Mobile committed to expanding its RefugeeMobile program from 250 families (700 individuals) to 1,000 or more families (2,800 individuals) by 2018; to expanding to another geographic region; and to targeting at least 50% women as primary smartphone recipients.
Starbucks committed to hiring 10,000 refugees in 75 markets in which Starbucks currently operates. Starbucks will work in partnership with NGOs to provide job readiness training for careers in retail and employment opportunities to qualified candidates who possess work authorization.
Sumitomo Chemical committed to increasing its efforts to protect women, children, and vulnerable refugee families from malaria in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Specifically, Sumitomo will build upon the matching grant challenge to double the amount of nets raised by grassroots malaria advocates who join the campaign. This commitment is estimated to increase the amount of nets to 350,000, for a total of 700,000 nets, and is valued at $1,225,000.
Sunshine Bouquet, a Colombian flower company, committed to hiring 360 Venezuelan refugees and Colombians returning from Venezuela as seasonal workers at its flower farms and operations in Colombia by 2020, with the goal of hiring 100 as full-time employees. The company will also provide these employees with housing and transportation to ensure their successful integration into the company and the local Colombian community.
Supercell is helping to finance a project called Startup Refugees, through the Me-saatio foundation the owners founded. The goal of the program is to help resettle refugees arriving in Finland through workforce enablement, mentorship and training for aspiring refugee entrepreneurs, and the possibility of providing starting grants of 1,000 euros. In addition to the financing, Supercell employees have also supported data and program development work in the project’s reception centers.
As part of TD’s commitment to open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow, it is launching an internal executive task force on refugees which will build on TD’s work to date providing access to financial services, employment and financial education to new Canadians. TD recognizes that it has multiple ways in which it might better support refugee integration. Over the next ten months, the task force will take a thoughtful and purposeful approach, engaging senior leaders across the bank to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing refugees today, and deliver a strategy that accelerates refugee integration and success in their new communities.
Telefonica committed to providing up to 10,000 Venezuelan refugees in Colombia access to affordable telecommunications services, including by providing internet hotspots at shelters for Venezuelans and offering subsidized mobile plans.
Teleperformance committed to hiring an additional 1,100 Venezuelan refugees at its call centers in Colombia by 2020 and will provide them with training on call-center operations, “soft” skills, and English proficiency. This commitment scales Teleperformance’s current hiring efforts in Colombia, where it has already hired 900 Venezuelan refugees.
TOMS committed to giving more than 500,000 new shoes to refugee children over the next two years through UNHCR’s integrated programs that eliminate obstacles that prevent children from going to school. TOMS will also continue to partner with leading international relief organizations to respond to the global refugee crisis by providing shoes to refugee children and safe birth services to women living in camps.
Toptal, an online freelance platform, committed to provide pro-bono services from freelance experts available in its TopVolunteer network to NGOs that offer assistance to refugees. Over the course of a year, TopVolunteers will offer their expertise in software development, design and finance to refugee focused NGOs around the world, thereby filling key operational gaps for these NGOs.
Total is providing a wide range of affordable solar energy solutions to refugees through Total Access To Energy Solutions (TATES), a subsidiary of Total that distributes off-grid solutions for personal use and business solutions. To date, TATES has distributed over 3 million solar lanterns in 40 countries in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition, TATES is distributing solar kiosks to refugees that provide a location with reliable access to energy to run their small businesses. TATES will continue to explore additional ways to support refugees with improved access to energy.
TripAdvisor committed to giving at least $5 million until 2019 from the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis, expanding its partnerships with the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps, as well as providing in-kind support through its TripAdvisor Media Group.
To better reach and serve Syrian refugee customers, Turkcell has invested in expanded infrastructure in areas populated by refugees (becoming the first mobile operator in Turkey set up infrastructure in refugee camps) and better Arabic-language communication (employing Arabic-speaking representatives in its major stores and opening Turkey’s first Turkish-Arabic bilingual call center). Turkcell today is the number one mobile service operator for refugees, serving 1.9 million Syrian refugee customers.
Turkcell created a mobile app, Hello Hope or Merhaba Umut, to improve communication between Syrian refugees and the local population in Turkey. The app, which provides digital Arabic-to-Turkish and Turkish-to-Arabic translation, Turkish language education, daily news, and other useful information, has almost 1 million downloads to-date and 20,000 active users weekly.
Turkcell established a technology center, in a camp hosting 25,000 refugees in Kahramanmaraş in southern Turkey, to provide refugee children with access to high-speed internet and technological devices.
Twilio committed to offering credits and discounts for refugee-serving organizations to access Twilio’s communication platform; to launching a Call-to-Action campaign to recruit and deploy developers to provide pro bono support to refugee-serving organizations; and to providing an additional product donation, cash grant, and dedicated developer team to a leading NGO.
Twitter committed to supporting NGOs that directly assist refugees with an “Ads for Good” advertising grant of $50,000 and to provide best practices trainings to refugee-serving organizations in Europe and the United States.
Ualá, an Argentinian financial technology company, committed to providing mobile financial accounts to 100,000 Venezuelan refugees in Latin American markets by 2021. Refugees will be able to open accounts through their smartphones, enabling them to access a range of financial services, such as making online purchases and transferring money, and build up their credit history.
Udemy committed to leveraging the Udemy platform and audience to create economic empowerment opportunities for refugees by onboarding them as course instructors, and to deliver educational content to displaced people helping them qualify for market-relevant jobs.
Unilever committed to implementing initiatives with global and local NGOs in select markets across Europe and the Middle East with the aim of providing skills and job training to enhance livelihoods, improve refugees’ health and well-being, and support their social integration. In addition, Unilever will continue to participate in external platforms and coalitions to raise awareness of the role the private sector can and must take to alleviate the impact of the refugee crisis. Unilever will also champion policies that support refugees’ rights and offer them stability and security, such as the European Union Resettlement Framework.
Unilever-Lifebuoy committed to partnering with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to improve hygiene for Syrian refugees in Lebanon with limited access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure. The Lifebuoy partnership will support 10,000 Syrian refugee mothers and their children over the next 12 months with community behavior change programs and access to soap products that promote healthy hygiene.
Unilimpio, an Ecuadorian company that manufactures cleaning products, will support 100 refugee entrepreneurs in Ecuador by 2020, by giving them seed funding to start small businesses selling cleaning products. To help refugees prepare for their sales roles, Unilimpio, in partnership with HIAS, will coach refugees on professional sales techniques and customer service.
Uniqlo committed to providing livelihood opportunities for refugees. Uniqlo will expand its practice of hiring refugees across the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Japan. This builds upon Uniqlo’s significant support to UNHCR to provide both in-kind and financial contributions over the past 10 years, in addition to providing livelihoods opportunities for refugees in Malaysia, Pakistan, Nepal, India, and Iran.
UPS committed to leveraging funding, expertise, company resources, and UPS volunteers to expand its partnerships with UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, Care, the Salvation Army, and others, investing up to an additional $1 million to provide relief to refugee communities and support to displaced people around the world.
Verizon Media committed to donating $1 million in pro bono media across its brands such as Aol.com and Yahoo.com to promote greater awareness and activism for the refugee crisis. In addition, Verizon Media is committed to directing the power of its technology and products to support refugee resettlement and integration through financial inclusion and education.
Volkswagen is supporting refugees in Germany through a range of activities that help refugees integrate into the labor market, including providing language training, professional skills training, and internships with Volkswagen brands such as Audi.
VPS Healthcare committed to developing and delivering training programs for qualified doctors, nurses and health workers in Jordan, including refugees and Jordanians, in partnership with the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS).
Western Union committed to supporting economic opportunities for refugees and displaced persons over three years through a new company-wide global initiative started in 2017. Specifically, Western Union will help expand educational opportunities for refugee children and youth; provide refugees with internships, freelance and traditional employment opportunities at Western Union and with key corporate partners; and leverage Western Union’s core assets – including its financial technology and global network of 35 million members to support refugee crisis response initiatives and shift the global conversation about refugees to one of economic opportunity.
WeWork Community committed to expanding its hiring of qualified refugee candidates and to employ 1,500 refugees over the next five years, beginning in the United States and United Kingdom. As part of this effort, WeWork will invite its 20,000+ member companies and the broader business community to match its hiring commitment and get involved, joining a movement to humanize the refugee crisis by providing opportunities for every person to gain control of their future and create their life’s work.
Winston & Strawn has worked with non-profit organizations to provide pro bono legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers across the United States. The firm has also provided legal support to refugee-focused NGOs and sponsored a research project about the legalities of refugee entrepreneurship in key markets.
Wix, a web development company, committed to supporting refugee entrepreneurs in Brazil and Colombia. To help refugees starting small businesses, Wix will provide tailored workshops on how to effectively create and build websites to reach a larger online audience, and give them the skills they need to better market their products and services.
Zynga committed to working proactively with resettlement agencies globally to make Words with Friends EDU, the educational version of Words with Friends, focused on teaching English academic vocabulary, readily and freely available to displaced people who are looking to develop their English language skills. Zynga will also provide three Expert Advisors to mentor the finalists of the EduApp4Syria competition, an international innovation competition to develop an open source smartphone application that can help Syrian children learn how to read in Arabic.