Starbucks Pledges to Hire 10,000 Refugees

CEO Howard Schultz announced this two days after President Trump’s executive order banned immigrants from Muslim countries

"We are living in an unprecedented time," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a company-wide memo.

President Trump’s controversial executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States caused chaos and sparked protests this weekend at major airports — and elsewhere — around the country. Starbucks — one of many corporations speaking out against the unpopular presidential action — has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.

“We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question,” Schultz wrote in a companywide memo. “I am hearing the alarm you all are sounding that the civility and human rights we have all taken for granted for so long are under attack, and want to use a faster, more immediate form of communication to engage with you on matters that concern us all as partners.”

Schultz said Starbucks would begin by hiring immigrants and refugees who have served with American troops as “interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support.”

He also said Starbucks would be "ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families" in the event of any trade, travel, or immigration restrictions to and from Mexico.


Not all responses to Starbucks’ promise have been positive, though.