In response to the current challenges posed by the large number of refugees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the UN Global Compact urges companies to become actively involved in this issue. In partnership with the UN Refugee Agency and other supporting organisations, companies are called upon to commit to activities to support the refugees or to integrate them in the social environment, within the framework of the ‘Business Action Pledge in Response to the Refugee Crisis’.
The German Global Compact Network strongly supports this initiative and has called upon its signatories to sign the pledge and become involved. Many German companies have already launched a variety of activities in support of refugees, through financial contributions, public commitment, partnerships with aid organisations and even the integration of the activities into the company’s core business. Such activities often include training and further education programmes for refugees, further measures from the field of Human Resources and the cost-effective provision of services and products.
We would like to give you some examples at this point and also call upon you to send us your Good Practices:
The TÜV Rheinland wanted to help people who have had to flee from war and persecution. The company uses various aid projects to create a solid foundation for the refugees’ future professional life and enable them to be successfully integrated into the labour market. The following measures were initiated as early as 2015:
The Deutsche Telekom supports the efforts of aid organisations and the public sector in the accommodation and care of refugees. To provide help as quickly and unbureaucratically as possible, a corporate internal task force was formed under the chairmanship of the Head of Personnel.
Telekom’s offer of help includes:
More information on these activities can be found here.
The BMW Group has been involved in various integration projects for several years now. Due to current developments, BMW also wants to introduce a further package of activities. This will be a combination of language courses and projects for vocational orientation and qualification:
LANXESS helps refugees at its plants in Germany, providing €400,000 in funding to this end. The financial support flows as required to selected projects mainly in Cologne, Dormagen, Leverkusen and Krefeld.
The company is considering financing language courses, purchasing teaching materials, renting rooms and establishing childcare facilities for the introduction of classes for refugee children of school-age.
The company also gives time off to employees who commit to helping the refugees.
You’ll find more information about the commitment of LANXESS here.
The support of refugees by the METRO GROUP can be divided into several sections:
You can learn more about the commitment of the METRO GROUP here:
Together with its partners (Aktion Deutschland Hilft, SOS-Kinderdorf, Stiftung Lesen und Teach First Deutschland), the Deutsche Post DHL Group makes a contribution to refugee aid that consists of several components:
The initiative was originally launched on 17 September 2015 and is planned to run for at least one year.
You’ll find more information about the commitment of the Deutsche Post DHL Group here.
Two Deutsche Bahn AG projects to support the integration of refugees into the labour market have been in operation since November 2015:
The participants in both programmes take part in a language course.
For more information about the commitment of the Deutsche Bahn AG, please click here.
The RWE AG has various formats and programmes for providing support for refugees and their integration:
The refugee situation and the resulting necessity to integrate the people fleeing from war in a society that is still foreign for them represents an extraordinary challenge. Bosch carries out numerous activities in support of refugees to make an active contribution to the cause.
Many Bosch employees also volunteer to help the refugees.
K+S supports organisations, initiatives and authorities involved in refugee aid with specific actions in the environment of the company’s sites. Since mid-2015, K+S has provided fast and practical ‘First Aid’ through donations and employee/business initiatives. In the long term, the company’s focus is on helping refugees with their integration.
You’ll find more information about the involvement of K+S in the InCharge initiative here.
Apart from that, K+S helps with containers for refugee accommodation,
provides refugee aid with the ‘Mobile Clothing Store’,
and supports the voluntary commitment of its employees.
If you have any questions or if you want to share your activities with us, please call (+ 49 (0) 30 72614-239) or email Philipp Bleckmann.