Business statement calls on governments to promote refugee inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals

Author: Ben & Jerry's, Virgin, IRC, The B Team & 15 others, Published on: 25 November 2019

"Securing SDG progress and inclusion for refugees", November 2019

The success of the Global Goals depend upon ensuring meaningful progress for everyone. Yet, refugees are already being left behind...

Business has a key role to play in contributing to the achievement of the SDGs for refugees. In countries affected by crisis businesses can create economic opportunities and bring knowledge, resources, funding, capacity and infrastructure. When numbers of refugees increase in stable contexts, businesses can contribute to their economic inclusion by providing employment and training opportunities.

We, the undersigned, recognise this role of business in improving the lives of refugees. To this end, we have committed to measures such as: hiring refugees; integrating refugees into core business activities; developing vital goods and services; providing investment and funding for humanitarian response and livelihoods; and building strong, collaborative partnerships to benefit refugees.

In order for businesses to build on their current efforts, and to accelerate progress and refugee inclusion in the SDGs, we call on governments to:

1) Align the Global Compact on Refugees to the SDGs ...

2) Measure refugee progress towards the SDGs by:

• including refugees in national and sectoral plans ...

3) Create and support a policy environment open to refugee employment and economic inclusion...

Note: Interested signatories can contact [email protected] for more information.

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