By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, sent a message to all partners (who are the employees of the company) a message regarding Donald Trump's "executive order" concerning the banning of certain Muslim countries from entering the United States, which includes refugees from places like Syria who are in a state of war.
"Uncle Howie," as some partners jokingly call him, shared his thoughts that "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," in his letter, and notes in action items, that the company's future blueprint includes hiring refugees.
"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. And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our 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."
Schultz also notes that he intends to continue their business with Mexico, as they have had a working relationship since 2002, with the title header "Building Bridges, Not Walls, With Mexico."
He also assured employees of the green apron that if they are dropped from their healthcare due to the attack on the Affordable Care Act, that they will always have access to health insurance through Starbucks, and will not have to wait for the open enrollment period to do so.
Schultz closed the note with this sentiment:
"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. You have my word on that."
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Since then, fans of Starbucks that support the views of the current administration have started a #BoycottStarbucks hashtag, but this young man sums up what a good majority of us are thinking: