How are companies responding to the refugee crisis in Europe?

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is collecting company statements in response to the refugee crisis.

As of 16 October 2015, we have received statements from:

  1. Audi (part of Volkswagen)
  2. Aviva
  3. Bosch
  4. BMW
  5. Daimler
  6. Deutsche Telekom
  7. E.ON
  8. FC Bayern
  9. OMV
  10. SAP
  11. ThyssenKrupp
  12. Vodafone
  13. Volkswagen
  14. Unilever

Other companies, including H&M and Tesco have shared information about donations by their companies or company foundations in response to the crisis.

To share your company's statement on this page, please contact Eniko Horvath ([email protected]). 

Companies are also invited to share their statements via UN Global Compact's & UNHCR's Business Action Pledge in response to the refugee crisis.  Statements received through this call are also highlighted below from:

  1. Bayer & Bayer Foundations
  2. BBVA
  3. Cyber-Wear Heidelberg
  4. Evonik Industries
  5. GlaxoSmithKline
  6. MAN Group
  7. Nestlé
  8. Novartis
  9. Novo Nordisk
  10. RWE
  11. Sanofi
  12. Global Compact Network Brazil
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26 September 2015

Bayer & Bayer Foundations pledge (re UNHCR/UN Global Compact call)

Author: Bayer & Bayer Foundations

The company and Foundation commit to helping refugees in Germany through a broad range of measures. The company is running a course to prepare young refugees for their start in working life and is empowering employee volunteerism for refugee aid projects. The Foundation will invest around EUR 400,000 over the next five years to support educational opportunities for refugee children. The goal of “Science4Life” academy in Berlin, in partnership with the Berlin Senate, is to encourage science education among refugee children.

Project titles:

  • Science4Life Talent Academy for Refugee Children
  • Employee Volunteering for Refugee Aid Projects
  • Apprenticeship Training program for refugee youths
  • Product and cash donations for public health and medical Treatment for refugees

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26 September 2015

BBVA pledge (in response to UNHCR/UN Global Compact call)

Author: BBVA

  • Donation to benefit UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières: 500.000€
  • Donation campaing to promote donations by employees to benefit UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières. BBVA will match employees’ donations up to 250.000€
  • BBVA Suma, crowdfunding webpage to promote donations. Over 17.000€ raised to benefit UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF, ACH, Red Cross
  • A [campaign] to help refugees arriving to Spain will be organized in the following month with a prospective budget of 750.000€

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26 September 2015

GlaxoSmithKline pledge (re UNHCR/UN Global Compact call)

Author: GlaxoSmithKline

We are working with our partners and humanitarian organisations to support refugee families. A cash donation of £100,000 to our partner Save the Children will support refugee families arriving in Europe from countries including Syria and Afghanistan. This donation will help Save the Children’s programmes protecting children as they flee alone or with their families and those children who are trafficked or exploited.

In August, GSK made a cash donation of £50,000 to Save the Children, to reinforce the NGO’s support for refugee families arriving in Greece. Funds are enabling Save the Children to protect children in refugee camps, ensuring that they are physically safe, with adequate food, shelter and basic items.

GSK has also donated £75,000 to the British Red Cross and a further £75,000 to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to support their response.

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26 September 2015

Novartis pledge (re UNHCR/UN Global Compact call)

Author: Novartis

Novartis has contributed more than CHF 500,000 to the Swiss Red Cross and € 50,000 worth of medicines to the Austrian Red Cross. Our generics division, Sandoz, is urgently working to provide essential medicines to others in need. The Red Cross has been providing shelter, clean drinking water and food, as well as medical and supportive care to victims. We are in regular contact with them on what would be of most use.

Novartis Chairman Joerg Reinhardt also announced a global internal donation program for our associates. Novartis will match the total amount donated by October 31. The funds will be used to support refugees in the camps and along the transit routes across Europe. Along with the Greek Red Cross, the Swiss Red Cross will also support camps in Lesbos, where many refugees arrive first.

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26 September 2015

Novo Nordisk pledge (re UNHCR/UN Global Compact call)

Author: Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk has made a donation of 1 million Danish kroner to the Danish Red Cross’ relief work in connection with the refugee crisis in Syria.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has donated two million Danish kroner to the Danish Red Cross for their refugee work in Denmark.

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