Leveraging Supply Chains
Integrating refugees into supply chains
Companies can encourage their suppliers and vendors to hire refugees, or commit to sourcing from businesses which employ refugees.
This may be especially relevant for companies who have suppliers in large refugee-hosting countries, such as Turkey and Colombia. In these markets, refugees often face increased barriers to work - and are more vulnerable to forced labor - making it even more critical for companies to take proactive efforts to advance refugees’ economic integration.
H&M works with 20 suppliers employing about 500 refugees. By 2025, H&M will double the number of suppliers it works with on this effort from 20 to 40, creating jobs for at least 2,000 refugees in Turkey.
Through its Claro por Colombia program, Claro encourages its suppliers to hire refugees and other vulnerable people in Colombia.
In partnership with the Cooperative Porto Alegre in Italy, Levi’s is sourcing a collection of handmade recycled denim products made by refugees and asylum seekers, which are sold in Levi’s stores and online.