Business Matters: AmCham Members Set Focus on Refugee Mentoring
Event partners - from left: Stephen Brugger (AmCham); Daniel Ernst (U.S. Embassy); Jean Hedayat (LinkedIn) and Torben Møller-Hansen (Forening Nydansker)
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On April 25, AmCham, in partnership with Foreningen Nydansker and the U.S. Embassy, hosted the Refugee Mentoring & Internship Workshop at host Novo Nordisk headquarters in Bagsværd. The initiative was launched in 2016, by U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford.

The first companies to launch large scale mentoring programs at their facilities in Denmark were IBM and Novo Nordisk, followed by smaller scale programs by Roche and Bayer. The programs, which partner a company mentor with a highly skilled refugee, have been enormously successful for both the companies and the refugees, and more AmCham members are eager to get started.

At the event, Linkedin’s Jean Hedayat talked about the desire for companies to help in the crisis, and the importance of utilizing your core business in order to get buy in throughout your organization. He shared the example of Linkedins #welcometalent initiative which was developed by the team in Stockholm, explaining how the initiative used Linkedin’s existing platform to pair jobs with refugees who needed them. The platform is now going global.

Three workshops at the event focused on small and large scale mentoring programs, as well as internship programs.  Along with reviewing the logistics of doing a program at their facilities, participants discussed how to sell the idea to company sponsors by highlighting the benefits of the program, which include employee satisfaction, CSR and diversity training.

To learn more, click here to read Forening Nydansker's guide to the Refugee Mentoring Program.

To read the European Commission's coverage on the Refugee Mentoring Program in their diversity newsletter, click here.

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