Private Sector Partners
A Winning Combination
UNHCR proactively engages with corporations, foundations and philanthropists eager to help drive change and find innovative solutions to the challenges facing refugees.
As one of the world's leading humanitarian agencies for more than 60 years, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people to survive the ordeal of forced displacement and to rebuild their lives, twice winning the Nobel Peace Prize for this vital work. Within 72 hours of a humanitarian crisis erupting, UNHCR can mobilize more than 300 trained staff to bring emergency relief and shelter to up to 600,000 people - anywhere in the world. This can only be achieved by combining the capacities, expertise, resources and networks of many actors.
UNHCR partnerships with the private sector take many forms: from cash and in-kind donations to cause-related marketing campaigns reaching millions of people. And these cooperative efforts are helping to restore hope, safety and dignity to millions of uprooted people.
A dedicated private sector partnerships unit, based in the United Kingdom capital, London, manages UNHCR's partnerships in close collaboration with a network of regional offices and national association partners in key markets. As part of the due diligence process, this service, in cooperation with UNHCR's Geneva-based Partnership Governing Board, verifies that all potential partners meet the agency's screening criteria.