Luker Chocolate, has today 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 by hiring and training them.
With more than six million Venezuelans having fled their country since 2018, neighboring countries in Latin America have gone to great lengths to help Venezuelan migrants economically integrate. However, unemployment among Venezuelans remains exceptionally high. In Colombia, where over 1.8 million Venezuelans have resettled, they face an unemployment rate of 24 percent as compared to their Colombian counterparts.
There is a need and an opportunity for businesses to help refugees integrate as they start their new lives in Colombia.
Luker Chocolate will welcome and include Venezuelan migrants in its chocolate production plant to promote diversity and inclusion amongst employees.
Alongside this, Luker’s commitment will also involve making sure Venezuelans receive equitable opportunities to participate in the wider hiring process.
With the offer of specific job positions and ensuring equity in its hiring practices, Luker expects to welcome new hires on April 2022. Collectively, this initiative will support Luker’s wider diversity and inclusion strategy, and 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,” said Laura Cano, Luker Chocolate’s Director of Culture. “It will empower our vision and purpose to work collectively and make the world a better place. 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.”