On October 6th, Upwardly Global convened its DEI Employer Working Group, made up of over 60 corporations, to continue the important work of co-creating solutions to better support all vulnerable communities and integrating immigrant and refugee talent into our workforce. We called together employers and asked them to provide relevant, employer-specific information on the latest refugee crises.
Partners at Fragomen (link) joined to share the latest on what employers can expect when screening and hiring Ukrainian job seekers from a legal and work authorization perspective. In Warsaw, Poland, Upwardly Global launched a pilot project to help connect companies with untapped Ukrainian talent. We are currently working on expanding this program by building a portal in Ukraine with resources for job seekers and employers. On the Afghan crisis, we shared with employers tips around successful integration of Afghan new hires, making them aware of the accommodations needed for cultural and religious practice in the workplace.
Lastly, we were thrilled to welcome Amazon and Deloitte, who shared their plans and models for how they are committing to hiring refugees, as well as the accompanying infrastructure they are building internally to support this work. Amazon committed to hiring 5,000 refugees by the end of 2024, and Deloitte pledged a 3-year agreement to hire 250 refugees and train an additional 250 job seekers.
Please contact Kim@upwardlyglobal.org if your company is interested in joining this bi-monthly working group.