KFC among dozens of businesses making historic set of commitments to accelerate the economic integration of Ukrainian refugee women and other refugees
June 19, 2023 – On the eve of World Refugee Day and as Europe faces its largest refugee crisis since World War II – including 5 million refugees, overwhelmingly women, from Ukraine – KFC announced today its commitment to train and hire 300 Ukrainian refugee women and other refugees at the Tent European Business Summit in Paris. The event was organized by the Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent), a global network of more than 300 companies committed to supporting the economic integration of refugees.
KFC joins dozens of major employers and some of the best-known brands across Europe including Accenture, Amazon, Marriott International and Microsoft in pledging to provide jobs and training to tens of thousands of refugees across Europe over the next three years. Collectively, this marks the most significant set of business commitments ever made to advance the economic integration of refugees.
Specifically, KFC’s commitment will see the business hire and train 300 refugees, including Ukrainian refugee women, over three years across its restaurants in the Pan-European region. This commitment builds on KFC’s successful refugee hiring pilots in Germany, Poland, and Romania in 2022.
"We recognize the incredible resilience and untapped potential that lies within refugee communities. By offering employment opportunities and investing in their personal and professional development, including our commitment to train and hire 300 Ukrainian refugee women and other refugees, we strive to create an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can thrive,” said Cristi Lockett, Chief People Officer for KFC Global. “We are proud to partner with the Tent Partnership for Refugees; through this collaboration, we are determined to make a lasting difference and create a brighter future for all."
A complete list of the commitments can be found here.
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KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM.), is a global chicken restaurant brand with a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. It all started with one cook, Colonel Harland Sanders, who created a finger lickin’ good recipe more than 80 years ago, a list of secret herbs and spices scratched out on the back of the door to his kitchen. Today we still follow his formula for success, with real cooks breading and freshly preparing our delicious chicken by hand in more than 28,000 restaurants in over 145 countries and territories around the world.
About the Tent Partnership for Refugees
With more and more refugees displaced for longer periods of time, businesses have a critical role to play in helping refugees integrate economically in their new communities. Tent was launched in 2016 by Hamdi Ulukaya, the CEO and founder of Chobani – a multibillion dollar food company in the U.S. – to mobilize global businesses to fill this gap by helping connect refugees to work. Today, Tent is a network of over 300 major companies committed to hiring, training, and mentoring refugees. Find out more at www.tent.org and reach out at email@example.com.