In many cases, people living in regions with high levels of poverty cannot get out of it as a result of the difficult access to education, literacy or vocational training tailored to their needs. Under these conditions, their incorporation to the labour market, essential when it comes to improving their standard of living and generating social and economic development, becomes a really difficult task.
In this situation, companies, working along with public institutions and NGOs, play a decisive role in the necessary process of social transformation. When firms operate in a context where communities are constantly affected by the scarcity of resources, such as lack of training, it’s difficult for them to find qualified personnel among its inhabitants who meet their business needs, so they choose to bring foreign employees very often. Nevertheless, there is a second choice more responsible and committed to society, with which the most vulnerable people find a path to social and economic inclusion trough labour integration.
Businesses, no matter what size they are, have in their hands the key to become the opportunity for change these communities need. Thus, the company not only provides access to training for people at risk of exclusion, but also the usual employee benefits, such as stable employment or economic security, boosting their social and economic integration. In return, companies can hire qualified workers, always under fair conditions.
Besides, in these communities there are often training schools run by public institutions or other organisations that can be used for this purpose. In this way, companies, through partnerships with NGOs and public institutions (Public-Private Partnerships for Development), operate in a much more responsible and sustainable way, supporting the fight against poverty and inequality.
Here (spanish), you can learn more about Public-Private Partnerships for Development, as well as other models of this type of strategy.