Oliver Wyman Responds to White House Call-To-Action on Global Refugee Crisis

Today, Oliver Wyman announced its participation as a partner in the White House call-to-action for private sector engagement on the global refugee crisis. There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number on record since the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began collecting statistics.

More than 21 million of these people have crossed international borders in search of safety and are registered as refugees.  The despair that drives these people to flee their homes is heartbreaking, but their resilience is awe inspiring.  Refugees are a valuable untapped resource and, if given the opportunity, can thrive and contribute wherever they reside.

A crisis of this scale, however, requires more than government action. For this reason Oliver Wyman is proud to join with President Obama to draw on our unique expertise, resources and entrepreneurial spirit to help refugees regain control over their lives and integrate into their new communities.

“Oliver Wyman has already hired multiple refugees across Europe fleeing from countries such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and we are actively looking to hire more,” said John Romeo, Managing Partner for North America, Oliver Wyman.  “But no one company or government can handle the enormity of this situation alone and we are proud to partner with the White House and other private sector corporations to help bring significant commitments to refugees.”

Oliver Wyman has made the following commitment to assist the global refugee crisis:

  • Pursue efforts to recruit qualified candidates from the refugee populations in Europe into Oliver Wyman.
  • Actively tap into the Oliver Wyman network of non-profit and commercial partners in the education, micro-finance, youth- and adult-literacy, and job-readiness spheres to explore solutions for enhancing entrepreneurial activities and developing job-related skills in the refugee populations.
  • Raise the issue of providing employment with clients and provide a central website where clients can access information on organizations that can help them support refugees.

About Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 50+ cities across nearly 30 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 4,700 professionals around the world who help clients optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. For more information, visit www.oliverwyman.com. Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.