Agora: How can business support refugees?

24 May 2018

11:15 - 12:30 | Sax Room


Alicia Vermaele


Senior Manager for Global Social Impact

Emma Ursich

Generali Group

Global Head of Corporate Identity & the Human Safety Net Foundation

Gideon Maltz

Tent Foundation

Executive Director

Antoine Savary

European Commission

Deputy Head of Unit, DG Home

Valentina Pop


Journalist, Wall Street Journal


As traditional actors struggle to cope with the global refugee crisis – with ever-increasing numbers of refugees, displaced for longer periods of time – it is clear that the private sector has a more important role than ever before. Businesses can make unique and meaningful contributions by engaging refugees not as victims, but as employees, consumers, and entrepreneurs. Hear from the Tent Foundation and representatives from Tent Partners Generali, Microsoft, and Starbucks on how their companies are making significant commitments to support refugees. The discussion will focus on how businesses can — and why they should — leverage their core business to help refugees both in Europe and in front-line countries.