Volvo Group donation to support refugee crisis
Created Date: 2015-09-23
The Volvo Group has decided to donate 5 MSEK to UNHCR, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to support their work in providing refugees with emergency relief items such as shelter, food, water and medical care.
Right now, war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea force millions of people to leave everything behind and make the perilous journey to safety. Hundreds of thousands of people risk their lives in desperate attempts to reach Europe.
The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, is leading efforts to protect those who have been displaced. A work that has never been more relevant than today. Apart from supporting with emergency items, UNHCR also protects the human rights of refugees. The donation from the Volvo Group will be placed where it is regarded of most immediate use by UNHCR.
“These last couple of days has really put an emphasis on the human tragedies of the refugee crisis, and the risk it involves in escaping from war zones to find safety elsewhere. Not least all the reports in international media have shown us the magnitude of the crisis. I am very proud that the Volvo Group is able to support UNHCR in their important relief work,” says Volvo Group CSR-responsible Malin Ripa.
The Volvo Group is working on a broad range of activities to support the development of local societies with focus on shared value for our business and for the society. And in case of a disaster or catastrophe, where monetary contributions are the most needed, the Volvo Group has a disaster relief fund, approved by the AB Volvo Board of Directors.
”We are tremendously pleased that the Volvo Group has chosen to contribute to UNHCR and our work to support refugees who have had to escape from their homes – these efforts have never been more relevant than now. Thanks to the commitment from the Volvo Group more refugees will receive shelter and possibilities for a safer future,” says Katinka Lindholm, National Director Sweden for UNHCR.
For more information about UNHCR and possibilities for personal donations, please visit www.unhcr.org (Source: Volvo Group)