BEST Practices: Jobs for Survivors and Communities at Risk
To successfully exit exploitation, survivors need economic opportunities. People from at-risk communities also need job opportunities to prevent exploitation by traffickers and buyers. Employers provide those alternatives.
Phyllis Finley, Executive Vice President at Randstad, the world’s 2nd largest HR service provider, explained that Randstad strategically partners with organizations that complement the company's efforts to shape the world of work and benefit the communities in which Randstad operates.
Randstad participates in the Hire Hope program, executed in partnership with the Empowered Living Academy (ELA), that helps survivors of human trafficking or those at-risk flourish, by utilizing the knowledge and professional experience gained during a career-readiness curriculum to reintegrate into the economy in a positive way. 30-40 participants are placed in paid apprenticeships each year.
The Hire Hope program also has a positive internal impact on Randstad employee engagement. Hire Hope yields high employee participation and enthusiasm. For example, it is common to receive emails from employees asking how they can get involved with the program and expressing their appreciation that Randstad is committed to supporting vulnerable women.
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