Why


Why
The Sustainable Expatriation Foundation is moved from Denmark, where it was registered until March 17th, 2021, to The Hague, the Netherlands. We are in the process of incorporation as INGO (non-profit) foundation in the Hague, the Netherlands, as a part of a sophisticated Sustainable Expatriation solution for B2B2G + B2C solution for professional expat families and individuals of all genders and nations.

SEF INGO provides global social impact and raising awareness of the vulnerable position of expat population, with a special focus on historically discriminated female expat spouses. We are aiming for consultative status within the UN, the OECD and the ILO to support the situation of expat spouses globally, primarily women, who end up unemployable due to the current unsustainable approach to expatriation from the national policies, prohibiting the dependent spouses from work, which violates universal human rights of women in many countries in 2021. Dutch NGO Permits Foundation has created a world map, which illustrates how governments relate to spouses' situation.

Our Foundation helps governments to tap into overlooked value for the local economies and communities to revise existing policies and embrace human rights, develop sustainable policies, practices and partnerships for SEF Sustainable Expatriationâ„  SDGs Agenda 2030, available for the organisations and entities interested in the cocreation of global shared value for justice, equality, diversity and poverty eradication. Based on upcoming mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence, our unique and innovative guidelines and services help create a much more equitable situation, ensuring the rights of expat spouses of all genders as an integral part of companies' work policies employing expatriate staff.

Our primary focus is on the situation of women transiting into the intersectionality of Western society, causing decades of employment challenges after living years without a right to work as dependent spouses through their husbands' assignments and have children under the age of 18.

In 2020 Marina Malmberg, the Chairman of SEF who lives in Southern Sweden and since 2021 works in Denmark, after facing the first-hand challenge of re-integration back to life and the workforce as a Tetra Pak repatriate spouse, who lived with a disability status with no work permit in Lahore, Pakistan, from 2004 to 2006, made Sustainable Expatriation start-up registered at European Commission Investment. Portal EIPP, open for funding: https://ec.europa.eu/eipp/desktop/en/projects/project-12361.html

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 workforce after years of living in other countries and sacrificing their careers to the global expansion of corporations, which leads to personal disasters, operational and expat talent retention economic loses and challenges, loss of key C-level professionals for organisations, broken families and suffering women and their children.

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 expat spouses of all genders 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, career development, re-integration support creating long-term continuous stress, which shortens lives.

Our INGO aims to solve this global pain through partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals with B2B2G, the UN entities, global and local investment and venture philanthropy funds, NGOs and human rights influencers sharing our vision of inclusive economy for all.