Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish millionaire and Greek yogurt maker in the United States, works with 46 large companies to hire refugees and migrants on a large scale and provide support for employability in Mexico, through Tent, a global network of companies committed to the labor integration of these people.
“At Tent, we approach the process of hiring refugees from a business perspective: as the Mexican economy continues to grow,” said Gideon Maltz, CEO of Tent.
For the executive, companies have an incredible opportunity to meet their labor needs by incorporating refugees and migrants.
Tent is a network of more than 350 large companies committed to helping hundreds of thousands of refugees access the labor markets of Canada, France, Spain, the United States and now Mexico, helping them prepare for employment and connecting with work.
“By doing so, companies experienced substantial benefits, will have more loyal and committed employees, and at the same time, contribute to the autonomy and integration of refugees and migrants in their new community,” added Gideon Maltz.
In recent years, Mexico has welcomed more than 600,000 displaced people from countries such as Venezuela, Haiti and Cuba, however, many of them have not been able to find a formal job.
And 75 percent of Mexican businessmen claim to have difficulties finding workers. According to the Confederation of Employers of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex), between 1.2 and 1.6 million vacancies in the Mexican labor market.
The companies that seek to employ migrants and displaced people are Accenture, Accor Hotels, Adecco Group, Alsea, Amazon, Arca Continental, Baxter, Chedraui, Chobani, Coppel, Comex, DHL Group, Dow Chemical, FEMSA, Forvia, Foundever, Globant, H&M, H-E-B, Hilton, HP Inc, HSBC, Hyatt, Ingenico, ISS, Kellanova, L’Oreal, LEAR, ManpowerGroup, Marriott International, Menzies Aviation, Microsoft, Orbia, Organization Carvajal, PayPal, PepsiCo Foods, Pfizer, Rappi, Sanofi, SAP, Sutherland, Teleperformance, Vertical Knits, Walmart and WeWork.
“The 46 companies that launch Tent Mexico today are opening a path and demonstrating that the future of business in Mexico is increasingly diverse and inclusive, one in which refugees and migrants should not be left out,” said Gerardo Ancira, Director for Mexico of Tent.
“We hope to work with these companies to hire refugees and migrants on a large scale and help them improve their employment opportunities throughout the country, today we encourage more companies to recognize that they can achieve the greatest and most sustainable impact by integrating refugees and migrants into their workforce,” he added.
Tent Mexico will offer a series of free services to companies that will support their efforts to connect refugees and migrants, from all countries, with work.
It will also leverage the experience of Tent’s global business network, which has more than 350 member companies, extracting and adapting best practices and lessons learned in a dozen countries to the Mexican labor market, ensuring that companies are prepared to efficiently and effectively implement their refugee hiring programs.
“We are excited to witness the launch of Tent Mexico today and we are honored to be part of this vital movement to connect refugees and migrants with an employment opportunity,” said José Antonio Fernández Carbajal, chairman of the Board of Directors of Femsa.
“At Femsa we have hired thousands of refugees and migrants over the years and we have seen first-hand the tremendous impact they have had on our company, our collaborators, our culture and our community. We hope to take advantage of this success and deepen our work with Tent to welcome more refugees and migrants,” he added.
Tent Mexico will work closely with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help member companies access a larger number of talent from displaced people throughout Mexico.
“The IOM is excited to partner with Tent to open more paths for migrants to integrate into the Mexican workforce,” said Amy Pope, IOM Director General.
“This is another great step to help ensure that migrants can obtain employment through access to formal work permits,” he concluded.