Companies of all shapes and sizes rush to show their support to victims in times of a major crisis; it’s an opportunity to be charitable and boost public relations in the process.
For the ongoing Afganistan refugee crisis, online accommodation platform Airbnb has definitely risen to the occasion announcing that it will temporarily house 20-thousand Afghan refugees at no charge to help them resettle across the world.
The offer starts immediately and the company says it's working with non-governmental organizations "on the ground" to help with the most pressing needs.
To learn more, I want to bring in Jennifer Bond, board member of Airbnb-dot-org. Jennifer was previously an advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Jennifer, good to have you on the show.
So, I understand the latest offer by Airbnb comes as your company recognizes the current situation as "one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time."
But, you were able to swiftly come up with a response due largely to Airbnb's own nonprofit dedicated dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis.
How did Airbnb come about focusing on emergency response and providing stays to evacuees, asylum seekers, and this time refugees from Afghanistan?
The refugees will be housed in properties listed on Airbnb's platform across the world.
How will this be funded? Exactly how much does the company plan to spend on this commitment and how long will these refugees be housed for?
You've also worked with the UN Refugee Agency with a career focused on helping out refugees.
How can businesses step in to provide humanitarian support in times like the one we're seeing now?
Just earlier this afternoon, a South Korean military aircraft carrying nearly 400 Afghans who supported South Korea's restoration efforts in Afghanistan and their families landed at one of the international airports here. They will be housed at a government facility for the next six to eight weeks, but we don't have any details on their long-term accommodation plans. Does Airbnb Korea have any particular plans for these Afghan refugees that have arrived in Korea today?
Jennifer Bond, board member of Airbnb-dot-org, on the accommodation platform's plan to provide housing to Afghan refugees. Thanks Jennifer for speaking with us tonight.