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ISS to hire 1,000 refugees in Europe

ISS is building on its on-going commitment to hire, train and upskill immigrants and refugees, following its pledge at the Tent Partnership for Refugee’s European Business Summit in Paris to hire 1,000 refugees across its European operations.

Europe faces its largest refugee crisis since World War II, including five million refugees, mainly women, from Ukraine. Against this gloomy background, ISS has committed to hire 1,000 refugees, including Ukrainian women, across its European business over the next three years. As part of this commitment, ISS will provide training, upskilling and development opportunities to the refugees, empowering them to not only become employees of ISS but also valued citizens in the societies where they are residing.

ISS joins dozens of large employers, and some of the best-known brands across Europe, including Amazon, Marriott International and Microsoft, in pledging to provide jobs and training to more than 250,000 refugees across Europe over the next three years. Collectively, this marks the most significant set of business commitments ever made to advance the economic integration of refugees.

Jacob Aarup-Andersen, Group CEO of ISS A/S and co-host of the Summit said: “Every action counts. Every individual, every company, and every organisation has the power to make a difference. However, with the severe humanitarian crises we are facing, we must collectively accelerate our social efforts to create lasting change for the benefit of people and society. ISS has a more than 120-year legacy as a people company, and we have always had a strong drive to make a true difference for people and societies. I strongly believe that by joining forces and unleashing the power of unity, we can ignite a movement that shapes a better future for all.”

ISS’s commitment builds upon its recent pledges and efforts to support, hire and integrate refugees into its workforce and the societies in which ISS operate.

Last year, with Tent, ISS committed to hire 1,000 refugees in North America by 2025. ISS also signed up to Tent’s Sunflower Project, committing to hire, train and mentor Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Spain. ISS has also entered a new partnership with the ‘All 4 youth Alliance’ led by Nestlé on a programme called HONOUR – aimed at training, skilling and providing job opportunities for young Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Germany. During the past year, ISS has hired more than 550 refugees in Europe alone.

Tent is a global network of more than 300 companies committed to supporting the economic integration of refugees.

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