While responding to the recent US immigration ban, Starbucks has pledged that it would employ 10,000 refugees globally over the next 5 years.
Via an open letter sent to the company’s staff, CEO Howard Mr Schultz said that Mr. Trump’s orders had raised a lot of “confusion, surprise and opposition”.
The employment will start in the United States with attention being given to refugees who served or supported the military, reports BBC News.
Mr Schultz is among the latest CEOs who have openly criticized the President’s executive orders.
Silicon Valley heavyweights such as Tesla, Google and Facebook have also categorically opposed the orders. Airbnb is offering the affected persons with free accommodation.
The key issues in the orders signed on Friday include halting of US refugee programmes for the next 120 days, suspension of refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations and indefinite ban of Syrian refugees.
In the letter addressed to Starbucks employees, Mr Schultz said that the company is deeply concerned; heavy heartened and has made a resolute decision to oppose the orders even as uncertainty rages on over the actions taken by the new administration.
He added that the recruitment pledge is aimed at welcoming and seeking opportunities for those “fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination.”
Starbucks’ support would hugely be helpful considering the firm has over 25,000 store in 75 countries worldwide.