The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons.Preferences in private sector partnership
Partnerships are at the heart of UNHCR’s work. To achieve its mandate, UNHCR has both a moral and practical obligation to leverage the expertise and resources of a broad range of actors. The goal of UNHCR’s corporate and foundation partnerships programme is to contribute to this goal through mutually beneficial cooperation with private sector organizations.
Building on the philosophy and achievements of the UN Global Compact, UNHCR envisions a world in which the private sector plays a constructive role in finding durable solutions for people forced to flee their homes, including refugees and the internally displaced, as well as returnees.
To achieve this, we proactively engage with corporations and foundations eager to help drive change and find innovative solutions to refugee issues. This collaboration can take many forms ranging from special events to cause-related marketing campaigns reaching millions of people.
A dedicated Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Unit, based in Geneva, manages UNHCR’s partnerships in close collaboration with a network of regional offices in key markets. The team comprises senior professionals with extensive experience across the public and private sectors.Further guidelines
Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines developmentSustainable Development Goals
1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutionsIssue areas
Biodiversity; Child Labour; Children's Rights; Climate Change; Education; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Women's Empowerment; YouthRegions / countries / territories
Automobiles & Parts; Construction & Materials; Financial Services; Food & Beverage; Health Care; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other; Personal & Household Goods; Technology; Telecommunications; Utilities