Luker Chocolate has joined the Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent), a global business network of more than 200 major companies around the world committed to supporting refugees, including hiring and training them.
With more than six million Venezuelans having fled their country since 2018, neighbouring countries in Latin America have gone to great lengths to help Venezuelan migrants economically integrate, but in spite of this, employment rates remain very high. In Colombia, over 1.8 million Venezuelans have resettled and face an unemployment rate of 24% compared with their Colombian counterparts.
There is a need and opportunity for businesses to help these refugees with integration as they start their new lives in Colombia. The company will include Venezuelan migrants in its plant to promote diversity and inclusion, ensuring equity in its hiring practices starting with positions in its chocolate production plant. Luker is welcomed new hires since April 2022.
This initiative contributes to Luker’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion among its employees and supports the company’s long-term vision to create shared value at origin.
“At Luker Chocolate we truly believe that a world with diversity and inclusion is a better place. It is also what makes a difference in a winning culture. For that reason, we are happy to announce our partnership with Tent that will empower our vision and purpose to work collectively and make the world a better place,” said Laura Cano, Director of Culture at Luker Chocolate. “We have been actively working with our collaborators and leaders in the diversity and inclusion plan and now we are ready to start this journey in April.”
“Luker Chocolate is stepping up for refugees at such a critical time, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Tent Partnership. By hiring refugees, Luker will not only build a more diverse and inclusive workforce, it will also gain incredibly hard-working and loyal employees. We’re so proud of the company’s leadership on this effort,” added Noni Rossini, Acting Executive Director at Tent.
For more information about the Tent Partnership for Refugees and its member companies visit here.
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