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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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.
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 commits 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 commits 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.
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.
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, commits 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flores El Trigal, a Colombian flower company, commits to hiring 100 Venezuelan refugees at its flower farms in Colombia by 2022. Flores El Trigal will provide these employees with floriculture skills training.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 commits 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.
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.
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.
Palliser commits 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sierra Nevada, a Colombian hamburger-restaurant chain, commits 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.
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.
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.
Sunshine Bouquet, a Colombian flower company, commits 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.
Teleperformance commits 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.
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.
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.
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.