Company - - Jan 30,2017
In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim countries, Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide.
Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, wrote a letter to its employees saying that the hiring would apply to 75 countries globally, initiated by efforts to hire more and more immigrants in the United States.
Schultz had openly supported Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaigns and has also criticized Trump’s stand on other agendas on immigration like the health care law and the spat with Mexico.
Last week, Trump had announced a four month hold on allowing refugees in to the US and indefinitely barred travelers 7 Muslim majority countries including Syria. He named these moves as an act to protect America from the threat of potential terrorist attacks.
This order has been majorly criticized internationally, facing outrage from civil and human rights activists and legal challenges. Attorney Generals of California, Washington DC, New York and 13 other states have disapproved the move calling it unconstitutional and vowed to fight against it.
Schultz mentioned in his memo that the hiring process will begin with the US by hiring immigrants who have served with the US troops as interpreters or support personnel in the various countries where the country’s military has asked for such help.
He has also repeatedly emphasized his support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) that was initiated by Barack Obama through an executive order in 2012. This program helps undocumented immigrants who entered US as children to get driving license, enroll in colleges and get secured jobs.
With Trump’s administration planning to repel the Affordable Care Act, Schultz added that he is affirmed to provide the company’s employees with health insurance. He also said that Starbucks will continue to invest in the “critically important market” of Mexico.