Soon after President Donald Trump suspends Syrian refugees and travel bans six other Muslim-majority nations, Starbucks the global leader in the coffee market has come forward to support the refugees.
Starbucks Chairman & CEO, Howard Schultz in a letter to its employee mentioned deep concern over President Trump’s announcement.
Schultz in his letter mentioned that since Starbucks has always believed in employing young people, it will hire 10,000 refugees over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business.
“We have a long history of hiring young people looking for opportunities and a pathway to a new life around the world. This is why we are doubling down on this commitment by working with our equity market employees as well as joint venture and licensed market partners in a concerted effort to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination.,” says Starbucks CEO adding that there are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations.
The cafe chain will start this effort in the U.S. by making the initial focus of the 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.
“So, while we seek to understand what the new Administration’s policies mean for us and our business both domestically and around the world, I can assure you that we will do whatever it takes to support you, our partners, to realize your own dreams and achieve your own opportunities. We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time – whether that neighborhood is in a Red State or a Blue State; a Christian country or a Muslim country; a divided nation or a united nation. That will not change,” adds the Chairman.
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