The private sector is a crucial ally in the implementation of refugee work rights programs. Businesses can contribute with expertise, the creation of opportunities and the contribution of technological, human and financial resources to create access to work mechanism that seeks to connect refugees to specific needs of industry. The private sector is also an important ally in policy advocacy and can provide important leverage.

Consider the following questions when analyzing the incentives for businesses to contribute to your work rights program:

  • What concerns may businesses have about employing or not employing refugees?
  • In what ways can an individual business support your program and why should it do so?
  • In what employment sector can refugees be incorporated and why?
  • What are the skills and needs of the individual business in the respective employment sector?
  • What are incentives for businesses to employ refugees, in particular when there are similarly qualified locals?
  • How can you match business needs with refugee’s skills?
  • In what ways can you appeal to social corporate responsibility?