What’s the key message to business in the UK?
We wouldn’t expect business to be able to do this on their own, for all the challenges we’ve talked about. But business is an obvious partner; business drives employment and benefits from a more productive and integrated society. Breaking Barriers, as a charity, has developed the effective vehicle – the access to the communities, the know-how, the trust, etc. – but we need the experience and opportunity of those in business.
At an individual-level, it’s about tolerance and building awareness about refugees. And remembering that anyone at a company can drive this, not just the head of sustainability, CSR or human resources – or a CEO. The personal will and connections of individuals at some companies has been impressive.