A roaster, marketer and retailer of coffee Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) announced that it aims to hire 10,000 refugees in next five years in the 75 countries where it does business.
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz defined the company’s proposal in a memo sent to employees Sunday following President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim majority countries.
“We are living in an unprecedented time,” Schultz wrote in the memo, which listed several actions the company says it is taking to “reinforce our belief in our partners around the world.”
Meanwhile Schultz clarified in his statement that the refugee hiring offer, will start with a focus on people who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.
Furthermore Schultz also echoed Starbucks’ (SBUX) support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which aids undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children get driver’s licenses, enroll in college and secure jobs. The program was shaped by President Obama through an executive order in 2012.
Moreover he said Starbucks (SBUX) is “ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families” should any future trade sanctions, immigration constraints and taxes affect their businesses.
“We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time,” Schultz wrote. “That will not change. You have my word on that.”
Schultz is not the only trade executive to voice against the travel ban. Earlier Sunday, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt wrote to its workforce that he shared their “concern” over the order, and added that GE has many employees from the countries named in the ban.