The private sector has a significant and valuable role to play in realizing the positive benefits of migration and in minimizing its costs. While the management of cross-border population flow is an intrinsic feature of state sovereignty, many aspects of migration are also of interest to other stakeholders. The multidimensional nature of migration makes the involvement of the private sector an essential component of a coherent and comprehensive approach.
IOM seeks to forge partnerships with private sector actors focused on areas and subjects of mutual interest and shared values with full respect for each other's resources, expertise, knowledge, and skills. Successful partnerships can involve information exchanges on best practices, in-kind support, and direct financial support of projects. Agreed goals and processes for monitoring, evaluating and publicizing partnerships are important elements of such partnerships.
AmeriCares, an international humanitarian aid organization that restores health and saves lives by delivering medicines and supplies to people in need worldwide, has been working with IOM since 2005. The two organizations first came together to help survivors of the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia by providing medical care in the immediate aftermath. In the years since, AmeriCares and IOM have partnered to help improve health care, health education, and mental health services as well as provided livelihood support for affected communities in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
When a deadly cyclone ravaged Myanmar in 2008, the two organizations joined forces to equip mobile clinics and bring health care providers to survivors in the hardest hit areas. AmeriCares provided boat ambulances to transport patients in remote regions as well as medical equipment for clinics IOM set up to replace health care facilities damaged beyond use. When a deadly cholera outbreak struck Zimbabwe in early 2009, AmeriCares and IOM partnered once again to bring pain relievers, antibiotics and other critically needed medicines to children and adults suffering from cholera infections.
"In the aftermath of natural disasters and other emergencies we work with IOM to help us meet the immediate health care needs of those most impacted," said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency of Response Christoph Gorder. "Our complementary strengths have proved highly effective in delivering medical aid quickly and efficiently."
Association of Corporate Travel Executives
ACTE (www.acte.org) is a not-for-profit association representing the global business travel industry through its executive education, international advocacy efforts, and independent industry research. As part of its education platform, ACTE provides education on how the industry can incorporate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles into its own respective business mission.
ACTE's CSR activities have ranged from providing education on how to make the industry carbon low to combating the trafficking of women and children. IOM has partnered with ACTE to raise awareness on this issue through speaking engagements at ACTE's Asia Pacific and European global education conferences. The partnership with IOM is the first partnership that ACTE has forged with an international organization and ACTE is committed in continuing to integrate this issue into its education programs. "ACTE believes that partnering with an organization such as IOM is critical to its ability to provide education to the corporate travel industry on the issue of trafficking and feels confident that with IOM's help the industry can help combat this human rights abuse." ACTE has representation in Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. ACTE's members represent the €200 billion business travel industry.
The King Baudouin Foundation
The King Baudouin Foundation and IOM Serbia teamed to enhance the protection and assistance to victims of trafficking and strengthen regional cooperation by institutionalizing temporary residence permits (TRP).
Legalizing the status of foreign victims of trafficking through temporary residence permits is a precondition for assistance to victims and motivates them to come forward and seek protection. Without a TRP in place, the uncertainty of victims’ status and potential for immediate deportation add to the anxiety of victims who have often already been traumatized by their experience. The setting up of temporary residence permit mechanisms throughout Southeast Europe removes the prospect of immediate deportation of victims and considerably diminishes the risks of their re-entering trafficking networks.
"With its systematic approach, the TRP project has proved to have a strong impact on the victim protection system as a whole while fostering real partnerships between governments, national NGOs and victims themselves," said Fabrice de Kerchove, Project Manager of the King Baudouin Foundation. "These are some of the reasons why the Foundation was so keen to support the current capacity-building scheme that has been developed by the IOM as a logical follow-up of the TRP initial project."
The cyclone, which struck Myanmar on May 2nd 2008, devastated five of the country's 17 states and divisions, with the worst damage concentrated in the Irrawaddy delta. Estimates of the dead and missing ranged between 60,000 – 100,000, with a further 1.5 million severely affected or displaced by the storm.
Chevron responded immediately with a donation of USD 400,000 to IOM's Emergency response. "Chevron's contribution represents our commitment to the people of Myanmar," said Jim Blackwell, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration & Production. "This direct aid is intended to help relieve the suffering of those in the hardest hit areas."
IOM focused Chevron's contribution on providing shelter, water purification systems, and emergency medical assistance to those in need.
Chevron contributed USD 850,000 in 2004 – 2005 to the IOM Angola's Community Revitalization Programme. The Programme was designed to economically stabilize communities, facilitate the return and reintegration of refugees, and institute micro-finance projects. The CRP achieved this by augmenting local human capacity to realize greater economic constancy and improved living conditions for disadvantaged communities in the country, thereby supporting on-going efforts to cement peace, security and stability. "We have enjoyed working with IOM and are impressed with its support for returnees in Angola," stated Dennis Flemming, Project Director for the Angola Partnership Initiative.
In December 2007, "Concern Galnaftogas" signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IOM Ukraine to combat human trafficking and promote legal and safe migration of Ukrainian citizens through an information campaign in Western Ukraine. Galnaftogas will sponsor counter-trafficking billboards at 12 OKKO gas stations.
"In order to effectively counter such a phenomenon as trafficking in human beings it is imperative that we track the most recent tendencies of this complex problem. Here, information plays a critical role. We need to acknowledge the driving factors behind the rash steps embarked upon by some of our fellow citizens. Fundamental change must occur in the attitude of Ukrainians in regards to their country, labour, laws, earning money, and to life in general," emphasized Mr. Yuriy Kuchabskiy, Chairman of Galnaftogas.
Saatchi & Saatchi
Saatchi & Saatchi joined forces with IOM’s Southern Africa Counter-Trafficking Assistance Programme (SACTAP) to create a hard-hitting message aimed at raising awareness of human traffickers operating on the continent. The TV ad conveyed the chilling duplicity of human traffickers and was broadcast throughout Southern Africa. Saatchi & Saatchi's Johannesburg Creative Director, Liam Wielopolski, says an enormous amount of corporate goodwill drove the advertisement's development and expanded the scale of its play: "Production house Fresh-Eye Productions, SABC and ETV were brought on board, making significant in-kind contributions to support the cause. We were all touched by the work being done by IOM and the difference they make to women who are trapped in appalling conditions."
American International Group, Inc.
Following the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, American International Group, Inc. Disaster Relief Fund contributed to an innovative disaster preparedness programme. IOM Pakistan used the USD 1 million donation to establish ten support hubs and to professionally train and equip rapid response teams to operate in remote areas. The project focused on capacity building for provincial governments and civil society in order to improve their ability to monitor and quickly respond to earthquakes, as well as other emergencies.
Activities also included dissemination of information to the population, monitoring of critical areas, and establishing emergency communication links to the outside world. "IOM has been a valuable partner for the AIG Disaster Relief Fund. The humanitarian and recovery assistance that IOM provided in the wake of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan has been tremendous, and we are proud to support them," said Ned Cloonan, President of the AIG Disaster Relief Fund.
Dow Chemical, through its charitable foundation, the Dow Chemical Foundation, financed a substantial IOM Pakistan project in 2007 to assist the earthquake-affected inhabitants and help promote social and economic recovery. This funding provided for the manufacture, transport and installation of two pre-fabricated school units for 600 primary school children. Once permanent structures are constructed, these units will be dismantled and moved to another area. Dow also provided modular housing units in tsunami affected areas with IOM Indonesia in 2005. The project promoted social and economic recovery on the island of Nias by providing displaced persons with appropriate temporary shelters as the first step towards recovery.
Standard Chartered Bank
IOM Indonesia and Standard Chartered Bank developed a project with the District Health Office in Aceh Barat in 2005 to revitalize community health infrastructure and build capacity in tsunami affected areas in Indonesia. The contribution paid for construction and equipping of one district health training facility and a dormitory building, and supported ten professional training sessions.
UBS funded an IOM Indonesia trafficking prevention programme in 2006 that included an information campaign, provision of livelihood support, infrastructure and training for 500 vulnerable women/heads of household, and strengthening individual capacity for impoverished and tsunami disaster affected families. The project complemented another IOM programme financed by UBS, a care-home facility and non-formal education centre on the tsunami-affected island of Nias, for orphans and abandoned or otherwise vulnerable children from impoverished families who are at risk of being trafficked.
David Boyd-Thomas noted: “UBS has been pleased to partner with IOM Indonesia on two different projects in Tsunami-effected areas of the country. We have been impressed by the professionalism, diligence, and speed with which IOM has been able to undertake projects. In particular, their logistics capability under less than ideal circumstances has proven to really make a difference for the lives of many thousands of Indonesians who are setting out to re-establish themselves and their communities after the horrific terror of 26 December 2004."
An agreement signed in May 2007 between Carrefour and IOM Colombia paves the way for the sale of products made by vulnerable populations in the French retailer's 35 stores in Colombia. The alliance will strengthen income generating projects that benefit some 1,500 people and will contribute to their socio-economic stabilization. Products covered under the agreement include items for home decor, office supplies, handicrafts and clothing made by Afro-Colombians and indigenous populations as well as displaced persons, victims of human trafficking and minors demobilized from the illegal armed groups.
"For Carrefour, marketing these products is a priority because our company wants to help vulnerable communities in Colombia," explains Ximena Botero, Carrefour Colombia Director of Marketing and External Communications.
José Angel Oropeza, IOM Chief of Mission in Colombia, adds: "Carrefour customers who buy these products in the supermarkets know that they are helping these vulnerable populations and that their purchases provide an opportunity for peace and life." "Paz y Vida" or peace and life, is the advertising slogan used to identify the products manufactured for the IOM/Carrefour social marketing campaign.
Starbucks, Empresas de Nariño Ltda. an international coffee trading enterprise and part of the Carcafe Group, the Dutch Government, and IOM Colombia signed an agreement in 2006 to implement the Sustainable Development Programme for Nariño Coffee Growing Families. This helped displaced, vulnerable and host communities in Colombia by providing them with access to education, International Organization for Migration – Private Sector Collaboration food security and other activities to improve the quality of life and reduce forced migration. Additionally, water tanks were installed in homes and schools and seven coffee commercialization associations were created to sell coffee to Empresas de Nariño.
Media GO is providing extensive assistance to IOM Budapest's counter-trafficking programme through media advice and financial discounts. Szilard Béres, President of MediaGo Holding notes, "People working in the media have extensive means at hand to shape public opinion. We at MediaGo Holding think that this not only entails opportunities but includes great responsibility as well. We are happy to participate in IOM's counter trafficking campaigns, knowing that they may change many people's lives. High profile campaigns are very impressive and socially useful. My team and I are convinced that long-term cooperation can do much in the long run. This is why we support IOM's mandate and mission with all our heart, will and professionalism in order to make a better world for everyone."
Maple Leaf Foods of Canada
IOM and Maple Leaf Foods of Canada have signed bilateral agreements concerning IOM’s assistance in facilitating safe and legal Colombian labour migration to Canada for Maple Leaf. For the facilitation of Honduran and Mauritian labour migration for the company, IOM and Maple Leaf have signed trilateral agreements including the respective Governments.
"Over the next few years we will be working with IOM to bring more foreign workers to Maple Leaf from these and other countries," explains Susan Boeve, Head of International Recruitment for Maple Leaf. "Manitoba, which is mainly agricultural and not densely populated, is facing a shortage of workers, so international recruitment is essential to helping us find qualified candidates."
The selected candidates are hired for a period of two years under the temporary foreign worker programme. IOM assists in the identification of potential workers, the documentation, and in their preparation and travel to Canada. At the end of the two years, Maple Leaf nominates those wishing to stay in Canada to the Provincial Nominee Programme. Once approved, the migrant is awarded permanent residence status and can bring his or her spouse and minor children to Canada.
Maple Leaf Foods is a Canadian-based food processing company with 23,000 employees across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia, and operates more than 100 facilities.