Starbucks Corporation’s CEO Howard Schultz, has released a statement addressed to its employees and partners on Sunday, stating the company’s stand regarding the recent US President Trump’s action in banning 7 Muslim-majority countries and refugees.
Schultz stated that he has contacted the company’s Partner Resources team in order to communicate partners who were affected by the immigration ban. The company stated that they are doing all that they can to show their support to the individuals affected during this period of uncertainty.
“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 year in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business,” Schultz stated. “We will start this effort here in the US by making initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with the US troops.”
The company’s CEO made it clear that Starbucks will not remain idle on this time of need by other people, especially as the new administration’s actions grows with each passing day.
According to the statement, the refugees that will initially get help from the company are individuals who served as interpreters or support personnel for US troops overseas.
With the company’s relationship with Mexico, Starbucks recounted the actions taken previously in order to help and support people from the country including donating more than $2 million in order to support livelihood, food security and water quality of coffee producing communities in Oaxaca. Starbucks was also able to donate around 1 million trees which helped 70,000 families.
For 2017, Schultz said that the company will continue to expand this initiative in order to generate an additional 4 million tree donations to the region.
Starbucks was not the only country to have expressed disappointment over Trump’s immigration ban over Muslim-majority countries and to all the refugees. Several other companies and world leaders have also released statements expressing concern over the executive order and their support towards refugees across the globe.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, also responded to the recent issue with a post through his official Facebook page. “Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump. We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat.”
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