Bloomberg New Economy Solutions: Hire and Integrate Refugees

Solution Sessions are part of year-round programming by Bloomberg New Economy designed to continue the conversations held at the forum. These small active working sessions feature influential decision makers from the private and public sectors to explore specific and tangible opportunities for action.

Bloomberg New Economy Solutions held a working session on July 11th in Mexico City to discuss how the private sector can better help introduce refugees into the formal economy. This was a continuation of the work conducted on-site during the Hire and Integrate Refugees workshop at the 2018 Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore.

This session was moderated by Yaron Schwartz, Senior Advisor for Private Sector Partnerships, from the Tent Partnership for Refugees. Participants explored how to identify concrete actions business leaders can take to support externally displaced people to become thriving members of their new communities, while providing employers with the highly skilled, motivated talent they need to improve business outcomes.

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Here are four ways in which companies can get involved:

  • Leveraging the skills and talent of refugees as a force for business
  • Developing goods and services to meet refugee needs
  • Investing in enterprises to support refugee livelihoods
  • Including refugees in workforces and supply chains

The insights provided by Tent and Bloomberg helped participants ideate and develop actions they could take to address the challenges and opportunities. This session opened the eyes of the business leaders in the room to the idea that they can make commitments that go beyond philanthropy to leverage their core competencies.

The next Solution Session will be held on August 6th in San Francisco on Applying AI Responsibly.

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