Why


Why
The Sustainable Expatriation startup with a global social impact aims to raise awareness within the UN, the OECD and the ILO in order to support the situation of expat spouses, primarily women, who end up unemployable due to the current unsustainable approach to expatriation which violates the right of women to work. We hope that the new guidelines will help create a much more equitable situation ensuring the rights of expat spouses as an integral part of the work policies of companies employing expatriate staff.

Since the dawn of corporate expatriation, enterprises have accepted the denial of work permits to the spouses of their staff as a norm. There is a complete absence of policies to enable highly educated yet unable to work women to reintegrate back into the work force after years of living in other countries and sacrificing their careers to the global expansion of corporations.

As women we had had no other choice if we wished to keep our families together than to accept conditions which have forced us into years of dependency, ending up marginalised, isolated from social and professional inclusiveness worldwide, and facing the hardest of challenges in the EU, the UK and the US on repatriation.

Such unaddressed inequalities devastate the economic position of people who have contributed to the globalisation of the companies their spouses work for. The system also leaves present and former expatriates without a pension plan, creating long-term continuous stress, which shortens lives.

Life & Career Remediation Plan

for mothers at all stages of expatriation

Social Sustainability for Inclusive Globalisation

agenda 2030


agenda 2030
Partner With Us for SDGs and Inclusive Shareholder Economy for All 

We deliver innovative approach allowing companies tangible solutions through a new perspective. Including expatriation mobility into the company's sustainable Agenda, 2030 allows solving corporate G5 - diversity and inclusion challenge through addressing the situation of expat partners who lost career and independence as a result of expatriation.

Initiating remediation of affected stakeholders creates shared value (CSV) for people, businesses and societies. This, in turn, improves MNEs sustainability and reputation, preventing future infringement of human rights through the process of expatriation. So far, expatriation, struggling with retention and productivity, lacks focus on the root of the problem - effects of business operation on the expat partners and their lives.

According to Brookfield Relocation Services (2015), 80% of international assignees are accompanied by spouses, where 48% of women lost employment due to expatriation, and 52% of expats have children. Our own findings show that mothers of those children continue to struggle to find employment and career remediation years after expatriation, despite education and experience. At the same time, the divorce rate of expatriates is close to 80%. COVID-19 has left mothers with children, affected by unsustainable expatriation and unfortunate integration with no hope for employment. This is why we foster social impact entrepreneurship and innovation for SDGs.

  • Our Agenda 2030 consists of ten SDGs, where G17 - inclusive partnerships for the goals is central and the only way business can solve G1, G3, G4, G5, G8, G9, G10, G11, G16, G17.

  • We provide innovative and the only inclusive platform for remediation of the past in partnership for the inclusive economy for our children who will otherwise pay for the inequalities we leave behind.

Partnerships with Sustainable Expatriation for the global social impact allows businesses, institutions, societies and universities re-write the history of failing globalization that leaves highly educated professionals behind wasting their talents, intercultural experience, education and creating more poverty in the world.


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Human Rights of Women

in the global transition before, through and after expatriation

business


business
Through our online services we help multinational corporations to launch inclusive Sustainable Expatriation process and incorporate it into SDGs Agenda 2030 in full compliance with upcoming mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) in the EU.

Our deliverables to organisations aim to embrace social sustainability:


  • Plan and align with management actionable steps on how your organisation can embrace social sustainability in globalisation
  • Development of the certification of Sustainable Expatriation process in your corporate  non-profit or organisation with employees who are globally rotated
  • Development of SDGs aligned with your organisation -  Agenda 2030
  • Shared value creation for affected people, organisations and societies enabling those who might otherwise live in dependency to become working taxpayers, actively participating in society
  • Inclusive expatriate support through the entire process of expatriation, including repatriation
  • Suggestions on how to implement actions to ensure Human Rights Due Diligence in your global supply chain
  • Help with identifying those expat spouses who are affected and with preparing  a plan of mitigation together with solutions to the problems experienced

Surely the lack of policies to support expat spouses and the major negative consequences that this group suffer for the rest of their lives are a major part of the reason why expatriate mobility is facing a decrease in retention, costing companies a fortune every time they have to replace just one key-expatriate?

Join us in building inclusive and Sustainable Expatriation for all 

Grounded in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a human rights framework, and 20 years of personal experience as an expatriate, Marina has developed a unique shared value approach for managing expatriates, former and present, a part of the inclusive economy which leaves no one behind, creating win-win outcomes for globalisation, for organisations, and for both people and economies affected by expatriation.

Expat spouse support


Expat spouse support

We offer the only inclusive expat spouses support on the planet, ensuring expat spouses have access to the continuous support through each stage of expatriation.

Our unique approach proved to help spouses in multiple ways. The most appreciated are:

  • Help to handle any emotional challenge and stress at all stages of expat journey for all family members
  • Understand the intercultural challenge and the entire process of expatriation
  • Build a meaningful and lasting career on the move from any country (you don't have to become a coach)
  • Secure joyful expatriation
  • Increase your employability

Our experts prepare you to the first assignment with repatriation in mind.
We know - it is the only successful and sustainable way for your family, primary you, the following spouse, the company and the future of globalisation.

Why shall you as expat spouse care about globalisation?

  • As an expat and a global citizen, you are a part of globalisation and the way it is managed affects your life, career and future.
  • As an expat you can't predict your future and the next move
  • The home you may think will be the place to restart your life will never be the same.
  • There is no existing support for repatriates in the world and we build it from scratch 
  • There are almost no expat benefits which can cover the life of the family for the lifetime without a need to work again, yet we are labelled as a luxury class, denied all support when repatriating back to life
  • Together our collective voice is stronger
  • The future must be equal for all, including our children and us
  • The world needs our intercultural competence

We know the journey have done it ourselves, served expat for years and found the best way of expat spouse support. 
Our mission is to remediate the past and build a sustainable way forward for all women through all stages of expatriation in one place.

Are you interested in joining us as an ambassador of Sustainable Expatriation?

Reach out to us through social media or our contact form and let's build expatriation where no women, no mother is left behind. We need you and your experience.



Innovation


Innovation


Our women-led and tech-enabled platform for global social impact 

Through partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals, we aim to joint efforts to remediate women's lives, economy and globalisation that calls for justice.

Our innovation

We build the first and only inclusive tech platform for expat spouse career remediation that will enable corporations and organisations with globally rotated employees to secure lifetime access to support of the following expat spouses from any country in the world: Platform.

Thanks to Meiraj Ahmad, our Brand & Marketing Manager and The Startup Club Berlin for supporting us!


Our MVP

Our MVP focus is on customised Sustainable Expatriation plan for organisation with access to the remedy for mothers with children under 18.

We have the vision to extend support to all women in the global transition. Our solution has the potential to scale to the needs of highly educated immigrants who also struggle to find employment.

We count on grants and inclusive philanthropy for global social impact and build relations with aligned business angels and social impact investors.

Request a demo version via Zoom from Marina here: Connect on LinkedIn.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

about


about
Sustainable Expatriation was founded and is led by Marina Malmberg, a social entrepreneur, who is engaged in the UN75 initiative, a member of the “Business Professional Women” network in Malmo and a former corporate expat following spouse. Marina spent 14 years in Sweden during which time she was denied employment, after previously living six years without a work permit in Italy and Pakistan.

Back in her home-country, Russia, Marina led a non-profit group of Swedish philanthropists, “Susanne Westerberg Minnesfoden” and was a Tetra Pak employee. While in Lahore, Pakistan, Marina volunteered at the Head Office of “SOS Children's Villages” of Pakistan.

Since 2012 Marina has worked in stress management. In 2016 Marina started “Success Boomerang”, a niched consultancy with the aim of helping following expat spouses to overcome intercultural stress and career challenges. Success Boomerang became a registered expat service provider at SIRVA global relocation in the US.

Marina has also worked with expat partners and expats from Apple, IBM, IKEA, Tetra Pak, and European Spallation Source, as well as with diplomatic families and independent immigrants within academic education in Europe, who all face similar challenges.

Marina made several attempts to raise funds in Sweden to create a solution to bring to an end the dependency of expat spouses, yet she was denied all help because expat spouses are considered a privileged sector of the population.
Raising her daughter without a salary or a pension for 14 years as a solopreneur in Sweden, labelled as a privileged person, Marina re-investing all her profit in additional education and extended support for expat spouses, going on to study business responsibilities for human rights, CSR, diversity and inclusion on top of her Master degree.

At Copenhagen Business School Marina tapped into innovation in Human Rights Due Diligence - Sustainable Expatriation, and was invited to give a presentation for the graduate students in Human Resources on corporate expatriation, which provided valuable new insights for her audience. The Sustainable Expatriation startup was founded in February 2020 and is gaining interest in the US, while funds for social innovation remain unavailable for Marina’s work in Sweden.

Currently Marina leads expat consultancy services aiming to bridge the gap between unmet needs of expatriation and social sustainably. Marina’s solutions allow organisations to improve the social sustainability of their globalisation policies, to bridge the gaps and improve social sustainability in expatriate mobility, respect the human rights of following expat partners and achieve Agenda 2030 through addressing ten SDGs of Sustainable Expatriation Agenda 2030.

Sustainable Expatriation startup is supported by volunteers with expat backgrounds in the UK, Denmark, the US, the Netherlands, The Startup Club in Berlin, the global online women expat community in Dubai “Coffee with Expat Women”, and the US millionaire Trevor Blake who mentors Marina privately, considering her initiative a noble cause.

Success Stories


Our Angels


Trevor Blake

A God Father of our startup, mentor, entrepreneur and a millionaire with a Big Heart

I follow Trevor's work since 2015, and his unique work helped me to restart my career. Trevor contributes his programs for our special solution for expat spouses in need of re-creating their careers and re-shaping their professional brilliance. This is what Trevor says about himself: "We are no different, you and I… Even though, on the surface of things, it may not appear that way. I’ve created financial success and independence... After selling my first (I’ve had 3) company for over $100,000,000.

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Marina & Tommy Malmberg

Startup Investors

Six years without a work permit in Italy and Pakistan as a corporate following partner and broke Marina's successful career and made her re-starting all from scratch when repatriating to Sweden. After going through 14 years of career recreation and 50 000 USD investment without salary and pension in the age of 47... and I am on a mission to make corporate expatriation sustainable, so no single mother will go though the same madness of re-invention. Instead, we are creating shared value for expat spouses, their families, corporations and societies who want to be entirely sustainable.

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Lianne Ebbinkhuijsen

A God Mother of our startup, Serial Entrepreneur, Intuitive Business Strategist

Also, Leadership Consultant, Lecturer Nyenrode Business University, Speaker. Lianne started off as a CPA in the financial world working in auditing, banking, venture capital en interim management. Has run various companies after that in speaking, sales and business-coaching. Familiar with both the defense and the offensive of doing business. In 1999 Lianne followed her husband 2 times abroad as expat-spouse and started her own business in those countries.

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our Contributors


Catrin Merlett

MSc, LCCH Licensed Homeopath & Multilingual Editor

Catrin is our dedicated content editor and a professional homeopath based in the UK who serves the world online with the natural wellness of homeopathy in English, French and Spanish. As an expat spouse, Cartin lived in five countries and holds MSc in Environmental Technology, BSc Chemistry and French.

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Meiraj Ahmed

Brand & Markering Manager

Meiraj is aspiring leader in the creative and marketing industries who thrives on translating ideas into innovative and engaging visual communication, supporting Sustainable Expatriation with brand development strategy from Germany.

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Navine Eldesouki

Global Female Expat Community Owner

Navine Eldesouki manages a dedicated global community for expat women from Dubai and we unite for the purpose of service to expat women across the globe. Instagram: @coffeewithanexpat

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Iva Taiber

Corporate Communication Adviser

Iva helps us with corporate communication strategy. We are blessed to have Iva's guidance on forming our solution for the corporate world. This is what Iva says about her work: "I help teams and individuals grow and succeed on the Next Level

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Gunilla Panayi

Holistic Health & Homeopathy

Gunilla Panayi is an expat and professional homeopath, taking care of the patients globally for 19 years as a homeopath at the Helios Head Office in Tunbridge Wells, the UK that supplies the world with the quality homeopathy and professional holistic health

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Megan Penhoet

Leadership & Education Adviser

Megan Penhoet is a global social entrepreneur, Founder/Director of Nordic Scholars Leadership Institute. with a background in post-secondary international educational programs, human development and international relations. A graduate of Stanford University Megan helped us enormously through the pick of our development, SOLVE application, documentary synopsis.

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