Chobani to host the Global Refugee Forum, an urgent discussion on the challenges facing 36 million refugees worldwide

“I have worked alongside my refugee brothers and sisters for many years, and they are a testament to the power of the human spirit,” said the founder and CEO of Chobani. Hamdi Ulukaya. “I am grateful that so many people are now paying attention to the refugee crisis, and we cannot let this moment pass without change. It is essential that we ensure that our words translate into actions and that we work together on concrete solutions. »

Moderated by Chobani, advocates, policymakers and humanitarian agencies will discuss the social, political and economic challenges facing refugees today, and wider implications such as the global food crisis. With this forum, Chobani intends to inspire businesses to hire refugees and generate support for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing much-needed humanitarian assistance.

Speakers so far include:

  • Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani; Founder, Tent Partnership for Refugees
  • Representing Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Representing Jason Raven (D-CO)
  • Jay Collins, Vice Chairman, Citi; Refugee Tent Partnership Advisory Board; Administrator of Save the Children
  • Dora ChomiakPresident, Razum

This virtual event will take place on August 10 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and is free and open to the public. To register and learn more about the Global Refugee Forum, visit Other speakers will be announced in the coming days.

Chobani has a long history of hiring refugees, from the company’s early days when Ulukaya heard of refugees resettling in Utica, New York and hired them to work in the nearby factory. Today, Chobani employees have many backgrounds and lived experiences, including people from Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Nepal, Somaliaand Bhutan who escaped violent and difficult experiences in their home countries and resettled in places like upstate New York and Idaho. Chobani recently partnered with UNSTUCK™ to launch Vanilla Greek Yogurt Tropical Fruit on the Bottom, which is made with fruit from vendors committed to employing refugees.

Ulukaya has inspired countless people, businesses and organizations to follow her lead in hiring refugees and helping them integrate into new communities. Ulukaya’s work on behalf of refugees led him to Colombia, Jordan, Italyand Poland. His personal foundation, the Tent Partnership for Refugees – a global business network of 250 leading companies – works with businesses to advance the economic integration of refugees, including hiring and training them.

Since the beginning of the war in UkraineChobani has worked closely with nonprofit partners such as Razom, Save the Children and The Center for Refugees in Utica, New York to meet needs on the ground and to assist with preparations for the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees to the United States Ulukaya as well visited on UkrainePoland border with Tent and UNHCR in April.

About Chobani

Chobani is a food manufacturer whose mission is to make high-quality, nutritious food accessible to more people, while uplifting our communities and making the world a healthier place. In short: making good food for everyone. In support of this mission, we are a values-driven, people-driven, food- and wellness-focused company, and since Hamdi Ulukaya, an immigrant to the United States, founded the company in 2005. We produce yogurt, oat milk, dairy and plant-based creamers, ready-to-drink coffee, and probiotic beverages made from plants. Chobani yogurt is the #1 yogurt brand in America and is made with only natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives.

Chobani uses food as a force for good in the world – putting humanity first in everything we do. Our philanthropic efforts prioritize our communities and beyond: working to end childhood hunger, supporting immigrants, refugees and the underrepresented, honoring veterans and protecting the planet. We manufacture our products in New York, Idahoand Australia. Chobani products are available everywhere North America and distributed in Australia and other selected markets. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

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