On Sunday, January 29th, 2017, Starbucks CEO and Chairman Howard Schultz stated that the company will hire 10,000 refugees within the next five years. This statement was a response to President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding immigration.
The refugees will be hired in 75 countries. Starbucks will begin by first focusing on those who served with United States troops overseas as interpreters and support personnel.
Schultz also mentioned their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). DACA helps undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as a child obtain a driver’s license, a job, and to enroll in college.
The announcement sparked some controversy, resulting in a boycott by those opposed to the idea. They said that instead of hiring refugees, Starbucks should hire American citizens.
Starbucks responded to the backlash on social media, stating that their mission was to nurture and inspire, and that they make decisions based on their heritage and values.