On Sunday, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made a pledge to hire 10,000 people he believes are being unfairly marginalized in the world: refugees. He said in his statement that this effort has been created to promote the values that he believes are at the core of the Starbucks corporation, and of the American people: opportunity and hard work.
In his official statement Schultz expressed deep concern pertaining to President Trump's recent executive order regarding the complete halt of traffic originating from 7 predominantly muslim nations. While some have taken to twitter with outrage claiming Starbucks is prioritizing refugees over american citizens (#boycotstarbucks), he at no point specified in which country these 10,000 jobs will be created, and his overall message was one of enacting solidarity in whatever form possible.
"Starbucks has and will always stand for opportunity - opportunity for our young people who are working to land their first job in the 75 countries where we do business, opportunity for our famers who care so deeply for the highest of quality coffee we offer to our customers all around the globe, and yes, opportunity for those who come to America in search of their own fresh start."
This pledge comes as a follow up to a 2013 pledge he made to hire 10,000 veterans and active duty spouses (and they're almost halfway there!). So it's clear that Schultz fully intends on following through.
While some concerned Americans have taken to twitter to express outrage (#boycotstarbucks was the highest trending item on twitter this morning), others, like our friend Andy here, believe this is only an excuse to drink more lattes. And we couldn't agree more.
"Girl. Hopping in my lyft heading to Starbucks, what're you up to?"— Patrick Rogers (@patjrogers) January 30, 2017
*Hears that Starbucks is hiring 10,000 Refugees.— Will Rodgers (@WilliamRodgers) January 30, 2017
*Adds "Refugee" to Resumé
Go ahead and boycott Starbucks. Maybe I'll finally get the coveted seat by the electrical outlet.— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) January 30, 2017