Corporate Roundtable for the New American Workforce

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., 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:

  1. Develop a research agenda that strengthens the new American workforce and immigrant integration
  2. Issue and release a New American Workforce business letter on the value of immigrant integration
  3. Provide corporate workforces access to naturalization services through the New American Workforce program
  4. At strategic moments, engage in public dialogue to address the importance of integration programs in the workplace

For more information, please contact Jennie Murray, Director of Integration Programs

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