Innovest attended the annual meeting of the Tent Partnership for Refugees in New York on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.
The event, hosted by Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani and Founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group saw twenty companies announce refugee inclusive commitments. These businesses committed to leverage their core business and social responsibility initiatives to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and around the world, providing a range of opportunities including jobs, training, investments, and new business lines.
The companies, including Sodexo, Hilton, Uniqlo, Barilla, Ipsos, and Careem, joined the Tent Partnership for Refugees, a coalition of global companies committed to leveraging their core business and social responsibility initiatives to provide support to refugees around the world.
“The global refugee crisis is not something that NGOs and governments can solve on their own. Now more than ever, we need businesses to step up and act,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees. “It’s not a choice, but a responsibility. I’m grateful that Tent is now over 100 companies strong—it’s a clear sign that momentum is growing. But I hope today inspires many more companies to do their part and help give the millions of men, women, and children who’ve lost everything the future they deserve.”
“There are more than 25 million refugees in the world, the majority of whom are now living in low-or middle-income countries,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. “These host countries face enormous challenges to meet the pressing needs of refugees while continuing to provide for their own people. I applaud the businesses who have made concrete commitments today to support refugees and their host communities. My hope is that more businesses will be inspired to act and provide the critical support that’s needed to create opportunities for everyone.”
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