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Standing up, speaking out

Business Refugee Action Network

With the right opportunities, refugees can rebuild their lives, settle into their new communities and contribute to the local economy. That’s why businesses across Europe are coming together to stand with refugees.

Interested in joining the movement?

Welcome refugees. Hire refugees. Stand with refugees.

More people have been forced to flee their homes by conflict and crisis than at any time since World War II: more than 65 million. In the face of unprecedented global displacement, the private sector has a vital role to play. That is why the International Rescue Committee is joining a business-led movement to step up and stand with refugees.

Many businesses already are. Across Europe, businesses are hiring refugees, speaking out for refugees and creating products and services tailored to their needs. The International Rescue Committee has teamed up with Virgin, Ben & Jerry’s and The B Team to explore how to take this to the next level. 

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Why should businesses stand with refugees?

Businesses have the power to lend their voice and leadership to support refugees. This is an opportunity to enhance the choices, opportunities and skills of refugees whose lives have been torn apart and livelihoods destroyed.

With the right support and the right opportunities, refugees will be able to re-establish and grow their careers, build and plan for the future, and contribute to the world of work.

Businesses can play a role in responding to the humanitarian crisis the world now faces. When companies recognise and celebrate the intrinsic value and contributions of refugees to communities and businesses, they benefit. Done right, supporting refugees can help businesses meet labour and skills shortages, grow new markets and enhance productivity through diverse work forces.

What is the Business Refugee Action Network?

The Business Refugee Action Network brings together European businesses that want to take action on the refugee crisis. Together, these businesses will share experiences and knowledge about business models and partnerships that work and speak out in support of refugees to create a refugee-friendly business environment.

The network’s aims are to:

  1. Scope: Bringing businesses together, the network will identify existing initiatives to support refugees as well as creating new ones.
  2. Assess: Helping businesses welcome refugees, hire refugees and develop goods and services they need, the network will share expertise and innovation, both within the private sector and with governments, not-for-profits and aid agencies.
  3. Scale: Building on business models that have successfully hired refugees or provided services they need.
  4. Speak out: Providing a platform for business to advocate in support of refugees to both the public and governments.

How can I get involved?

You can lend your voice and your leadership to business-led action for refugees.

Join the movement

To find out more on joining the business refugee action network, sign up here.

Meet the founding partners

The IRC is proud to have teamed up with these businesses and organisations to start the network.