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UNHCR joins hands with leaders from Merck & Co, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike and PricewaterhouseCoopers to help refugees


The UN refugee agency has launched a new initiative to rally corporate support and boost private-sector involvement in refugee work at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie announced the creation of a Council of Business Leaders to some 300 business leaders, opinion shapers and decision makers in Davos, Switzerland.

The Council consists of top executives from five major corporations that are working with UNHCR to improve opportunities for refugees: Merck and Co, Inc., Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Together, they will advise UNHCR on its strategies to best catalyse innovative public-private partnerships, and help the agency find new sources of private-sector funding to complement the funds it receives in voluntary contributions from governments – funds that often cover only basic needs.

“With the involvement of our existing corporate partners, this Council will pave the way for ground-breaking, leading-edge partnerships between the United Nations and private sector corporations,” said Chamberlin, who will chair the Council.