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The Private Sector for Refugees (PS4R) coalition is a partnership between actors looking to strengthen the role of the private sector in boosting economic opportunities for refugees and host communities. The PS4R operates along two work streams:

  1. Knowledge sharing: Promoting the sharing of global lessons learned among private sector partners, development financiers and agencies, including through the adoption of the Charter of Good Practice principles.
  2. Collaboration on the ground: Developing innovative projects in areas affected by forced displacement to improve the economic empowerment of refugees and host communities.

Refugees-related initiatives

Refugee Investment Network: The RIN is the first impact investing and blended finance collaborative dedicated to creating durable solutions to global forced migration. We connect investors with refugee ventures, build the field of refugee investment, change the narrative around the contribution of refugees, and advocate for more inclusive refugee policies, with the ultimate goal of creating quality jobs, economic growth, and measurable improvements to the livelihoods of millions of refugees and host community members.

Tent Partnership for Refugees: Tent mobilizes the business community to improve the lives and livelihoods of the more than 25 million refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries. We believe that companies can most sustainably support refugees by leveraging their core business operations – by engaging refugees as potential employees, entrepreneurs and consumers. Today, we are a network of over 100 major companies committed to integrating refugees.

The Center for Mediterranean Integration: The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is a multi-partner platform where development agencies, governments, local authorities and civil society from around the Mediterranean convene in order to exchange knowledge, discuss public policies, and identify the solutions needed to address key challenges facing the Mediterranean region. Members of the CMI include Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Spain, Tunisia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, City of Marseille, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank Group, and the European External Action Service (EEAS) as an observer. Facebook: CMI Marseille; Twitter: @cmimarseille.

Humanitarian and Resilience Investing Initiative: The World Economic Forum’s Humanitarian and Resilience Investing Initiative, co-chaired with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the World Bank Group, Credit Suisse and the Netherlands brings together corporates and investors with humanitarian and development actors to work together on unlocking return-seeking investments that tackle long‑term challenges of fragility, protracted crises and forced displacement.


How to partner

Contact us at PS4R@iccwbo.org

… if you have success stories (or challenges) to share on how to work with refugees and host communities?

… if you are interested in employing, investing, promoting entrepreneurship of refugees or adapting your goods and services to them

… If you are seeking to add a private sector angle to your refugee project

… if you want to connect to like-minded organizations

… if you know of relevant reports or training programs to feature

… if you want to contribute to the discussion

Let’s increase the role of business in the economic empowerment of refugees!

PS4R Partners

DI

Confederation of Danish Industry (DI)

The Confederation of Danish Industry – DI – is Denmark’s largest, most representative and most influential business and employers’ organization, covering manufacturing as well as service industries across sectors such as transport, energy, IT, health, trade and professional services. We believe a strong society needs strong companies – just as strong companies benefit from a strong society. Companies are crucial to maintaining the prosperity of all Danes, and to achieving societal goals such as a clean and carbon neutral society. Therefore, DI is committed to achieving a Danish society in growth and balance.

DI’s mission is to help Danish companies as such:

We negotiate collective agreements with the labour unions – a crucial function in the strong Danish labour market model – and we advise our members on labour and employment law. We work to improve business regulation at local, national, European and international level in daily dialogue with national and international stakeholders. We provide our members with numerous other services and a variety of relevant networks. The success of Danish companies in global markets is crucial for Denmark’s economy. Exports account for more than one third of all Danish income.

EIB

European Investment Bank (EIB)

The European Investment Bank is the lending arm of the European Union. We are the biggest multilateral financial institution in the world and one of the largest providers of climate finance. We help stimulate the economy, create jobs, promote inclusion and improve lives for EU citizens and people in developing countries.

We have more than 60 years’ experience and expertise in project financing. Headquartered in Luxembourg, we have a network of local and regional offices in Europe and around the world. The combined expertise of our economists, engineers, financial analysts and climate specialists helps ensure that our projects are additional and maximize development impact. In turn, the stamp of approval from our specialists triggers more investment from the private sector.

The European Investment Bank focuses on six priority areas: Climate and environment; development; innovation and skills; small businesses; infrastructure and cohesion. Migration and forced displacement are a cross-cutting topic that is addressed horizontally.

ICC

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

The International Chamber of Commerce is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries with a mission to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

Having witnessed the power of international commerce to lift millions of people out of poverty, today we have our sights set on the future of globalization, working to promote inclusive and sustainable growth to the benefit of all. Among our daily activities: supporting the resolution of commercial disputes, policy advocacy, development of rules and guidelines, training courses, delivery of other practical tools and services, and helping business to adapt to the challenges of trading in today’s fast-paced global economy.

UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.

We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.  We deliver life-saving assistance, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place called home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.  We work in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

WBG

World Bank Group (WBG)

The World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Its five institutions (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, ICSID) share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.

The WBG has a number of instruments to support refugees and host communities, including:

WBG participation in the Private Sector for Refugees (PS4R) initiative has been organized through the Refugee Investment and Matchmaking Platform (RIMP). RIMP is a WBG project which aims to bring local business, global corporations, foundations, investors and the development community together to create opportunities for refugees and host populations.

Initial funding for the PS4R initiative was provided by:

      

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