Starbucks plan to hire 10,000 refugees spurs calls for boycott

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz outlined the plan Sunday in a note to employees addressing several aspects of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order.

The Starbucks plan to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide over the next five years is sparking calls for a boycott from some people who said the company should focus on hiring American workers.

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz outlined the plan Sunday in a note to employees addressing several aspects of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning refugees, and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, from entering the U.S.

“I am hearing the alarm you all are sounding that the civility and human rights we have all taken for granted for so long are under attack,” Schultz said in his note. “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.”

His plan to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide would start in the U.S., where stores will focus on hiring those who served as interpreters and support personnel for U.S. troops overseas, he said.

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That drew outrage from some who called for a boycott:

Starbucks issued a statement in response to the social media calls for a boycott. “Our company’s mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time in neighborhoods all over the world,” it said. “We make decisions based on our mission, values and heritage and we recognize that sometimes there are some who may disagree with us. We respect the diverse points of views held by our…

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