- Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees
- The plan is the Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s response to President Trump’s travel ban
- Trump bans travelers from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States
US President Donald Trump’s issuance of an executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia – from entering the United States for at least 90 days and suspending the admission of refugees into the U.S. for 120 days, sparked widespread international criticism.
In response to President Trump’s ban on refugees seeking U.S. asylum, Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said in an open letter to Starbucks employees that the company plans to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years in countries around the world where the company operates.
“There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business. And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support,” Schultz said in his letter.
Schultz also expressed his support for Mexico where there are 600 Starbucks stores and 7,000 employees by promising to continue to invest there. Trump plans to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and to have it paid for by Mexicans by imposing taxes on its imports.