The Goal: Convene the nation’s leading corporations to advance strategies that integrate new Americans into the U.S. labor market so all have the opportunity to thrive. The Roundtable will develop a long-term approach, looking beyond the legislative debate of the moment and advancing a combination of research, communications and services that promote the value of the new American workforce.
Roundtable Participants Include:
Co-Chairs Walmart and Chobani, as well as, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., Best Buy, Cummins Inc., Driscoll’s, Lyft Inc., Marriott International, Target Corporation, Tyson Foods Inc., Uber Technologies Inc. and others.
The Need: Immigrants, refugees, and their families contribute to America’s economic strength and vitality. Disproportionately represented in the U.S. workforce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that, “foreign-born workers represented 16.5 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2014, up from 14.8 percent in 2005.”
Across different sectors, the foreign-born workforce plays a significant role, so it is vital that the Roundtable reflect a diversity of businesses. For example, the retail sector employs about 11 percent of all limited English proficient workers — nearly 1.5 million, or in the health care sector, from 2001-2009, they accounted for the greatest growth of registered nurses, home health aides and personal care aides. The new American workforce is crucial to our nation’s economic success.
Our Objectives Include:
- Develop a research agenda that strengthens the new American workforce and immigrant integration
- Issue and release a New American Workforce business letter on the value of immigrant integration
- Provide corporate workforces access to naturalization services through the New American Workforce program
- At strategic moments, engage in public dialogue to address the importance of integration programs in the workplace
For more information, please contact Jennie Murray, Vice President of Integration Programs