Manpower Widens Social Responsibility Initiatives

October 31, 2006 ( - Staffing company Manpower Inc. announced that it has beefed up its social responsibility program to encompass a broader range of initiatives.

A Manpower news release said that the social responsibility focus will include work in workforce development, disaster recovery, refugee issues and combating human trafficking.

“We strive to be socially responsible in every aspect of our business and we focus our resources primarily on where we can have the most impact – connecting disadvantaged people to jobs, job training and education,” said Jeffrey Joerres, chairman & CEO of Manpower, in the press release. “In our expanded program, we are extending these efforts to help disaster survivors, refugees and victims of human trafficking.”

The newer areas of work include Manpower’s engagement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its campaign, which is focused on providing education to the world’s nine million refugee children, many of whom are living long term in refugee camps without adequate schooling, the company said.

According to the announcement, Manpower is also engaged in the End Human Trafficking Now! campaign, championed by the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement. This campaign strives to put an end to modern-day slavery, which forces an estimated 12.3 million people each year into forced labor or sexual servitude.

The company’s disaster recovery efforts were expanded in 2005 to help victims of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in the US to rebuild their lives. After the tsunami, Manpower partnered with Hope International to build two vocational training centers in Tamil Nadu, India, which are providing job training to approximately 1,000 people per year.

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