Fifty-one U.S. companies have pledged more than $650 million to aid the world’s refugees, the White House announced Tuesday ahead of a major summit on the refugee crisis at the United Nations.
The commitment is part of President Obama’s push for international action to help the record population of refugees, which has been complicated by a string of terror attacks at home.
The businesses — which include Uber, Twitter, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Western Union — are making contributions that will help 6.3 million refugees gain access to education, job opportunities and financial services.
“A crisis of this scale requires more than government action,” the White House said in a statement. “President Obama challenged the U.S. private sector to draw on its unique expertise, resources and entrepreneurial spirit to help refugees. … Their response is unprecedented.”