OTB Foundation and OTB Group, the fashion and luxury hub that controls the brands Diesel, Jil Sander, Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor&Rolf and the companies Staff International and Brave Kid, are involved in a long-term job integration project for refugees with the necessary documentation.
After welcoming more than 440 refugees from Ukraine in Italy and sending necessities to the country since the beginning of the conflict, OTB Foundation has begun a complete mapping of the professional profiles of the people welcomed, mostly women with children, and foresees the insertion of the first 20 women (aged between 20 and 45) who have already obtained a residence permit in Italy and have given their willingness to participate in the project. Their children, on the other hand, have already been attending local nurseries and schools for over a month.
The work path will start with an internship and will offer those who decide to stay in Italy the possibility of long-term employment in areas such as administration and accounting, purchasing offices, style, graphics, and general services. OTB Group is also fostering the creation of synergies with companies in the area for the search of further job opportunities and the placement of other refugees.
OTB Group was the first company among the associated to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana that concretely adhered to the humanitarian project launched by the Chamber itself in April 2022 that saw its associated Italian fashion companies offering 150 jobs with the aim to encourage the insertion of Ukrainian refugees in Italy into the world of work.
The project is part of OTB Foundation's broader commitment to support and welcome Ukrainian refugees. Since the beginning of the conflict, the Foundation has sent buses to Ukraine loaded with medicines, first aid kits and necessities, which have returned to Italy with women and children on board, many of whom are under 10 years old. OTB Foundation has taken care of the first necessary health procedures, including testing and vaccinations against Covid, the reception of refugees in private homes, or alternatively acting as an intermediary with the authorities in charge of identifying safe housing. OTB Foundation has also launched a search for professional figures including language mediators, social workers and language teachers to organize courses aimed at facilitating communication and integration.