More Companies Join Efforts to Help the Global Refugee Crisis
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last 10 years, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide has jumped by nearly one-third to 65.3 million in 2015. As the crisis continues to escalate, governments, coalitions and nonprofits around the world are working toward solutions. In recent times, more companies have stepped in to offer critically needed products, services and assistance.
Google recently partnered with the Clooney Foundation for Justice, providing a $1 million grant to support education for refugee children in Lebanon. The grant will help expand the foundation's efforts to develop a new school model, using digital tools, for up to 10,000 out-of-school children.
Airbnb, a company known for finding individuals a home away from home, has recently launched the #WithRefugees campaign. The company is asking individuals to stand with refugees by making a donation to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. For each donation made, Airbnb will provide a match up to $1 million.
LinkedIn has recently committed to expand its refugee recruiting program, Welcoming Talent. The program that started in Sweden, which has received more refugees per capita in Europe, was created to help refugees find employment opportunities that match their unique skill sets. The site allows employers to post job and internship opportunities for refugees at no cost just by using the hashtag #welcometalent in the job description.
Apart from LinkedIn, a number of companies have made it a mission to recruit refugees, including Chipotle, Chobani, Starwood Hotels and Overstockart.
The UPS Foundation has continued its work with its Relief Link program on the ground at refugee camps in partnership with UNHCR. The effort involves the use of a handheld scanning system to track the distribution of provisions, ensuring the process is as accurate and efficient as possible.
Last year, Facebook made a commitment to provide internet access at refugee camps, stating access to the web is an "enabler of human rights" and a "force for peace." Facebook's effort will start out bringing Wi-Fi connectivity to 35 locations in Greece, and expand to refugee camps in other places.
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