Washington, January 30: Starbucks hits out at Trump administration after imposing a restriction on the immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries to the United States by declaring to hire over 10,000 refugees in 75 countries within five years.
Notably, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Sunday vowed to hire 10,000 refugees globally. Howard Schultz in a message to employees posted on the company's website said, "We will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new administration's actions grows with each passing day."
Schultz further said, “I can assure you that our Partner Resources team has been in direct contact with the partners who are impacted by this immigration ban, and we are doing everything possible to support and help them to navigate through this confusing period.”
"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," Schultz added. Schultz also said that the effort would begin in the U.S., focusing hiring efforts initially on people who served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.
Schultz added that his company was planning to take other actions to counter Trump policies. With the new administration planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Schultz said he reaffirmed the company's commitment to providing employees with health insurance.
"If the recent executive order related to health care remains in place and the Affordable Care Act is repealed causing you to lose your health care coverage, you will always have the ability to return and can do so within 30 days of losing that coverage rather than having to wait for an open enrollment period," Schultz said. Well, this announcement from Starbucks will definitely bring some kind of a relief to the refugees but still, it won’t be enough.
Notably, Trump signed an executive order on Friday to block refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US. Syrian refugees were indefinitely banned. According to the executive order passport holders of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen faced a three-month hold, while refugees from those countries faced a four-month ban.
Meanwhile, Schultz also said that the Starbucks would continue to invest in Mexico amid Trump's calls for both to build a wall along the around 3,000 km (2,000 miles) U.S. border with its Southern neighbour and for introducing trade tariffs.
"We will continue to invest in this critically important market," Schultz said. "We stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans," Schultz added in the end.