"Since 2015, Google has provided more than $45 million in grants and thirty thousand hours of our employees' time to help refugees."Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
Pichai was awarded the Atlantic Council's Global Citizen Award in New York City earlier this week. The Washington DC based think tank chose Pichai as the award recipient for his "leading the company's efforts to respond to Russia's aggression and support refugees and displaced people throughout the world."
"We've also directly supported refugees and newcomers through our products. This is a cause that's embedded in Google's DNA and it's one I care deeply about."Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
Pichai was among five who were recognised at the awards ceremony on September 19, at the backdrop of the United Nations General Assembly.
Others who were honoured included the Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and Forest Whitaker, an Academy Award-winning actor and UNESCO's special envoy for peace and reconciliation, as per a report by the American Bazaar.
Pichai shared his personal story of having immigrated to the US more than two decades ago.
"When I arrived, I was met with open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance, all of which helped ease my path."Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
Pichai became the co-chair the CEO Council for Welcome.us, which is a non-profit organization focused on welcoming Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers to the US. He remembered his journey as an immigrant adding that the people who made him feel welcome made it easier for him to call US as much his home as India once was.
"For refugees, it's often not a choice at all. That's why we need to work even harder to make sure they feel supported on their journey."Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
The CEO Council will focus on helping refugees with initial resettlement, match people with jobs and raise awareness. With more than a hundred million people displaced from their homes, Pichai noted, that the need of the hour was to create solutions that can be repeated and scaled.
(With inputs from American Bazaar)