Starbucks has decided to stood up against the president of the United States, Donald Trump. The president recently signed an executive order that suspended the influx of Syrian refugees in the country and bans several travelers from certain countries, an action that the coffee retailer does not agree with.
As reported by CBS Local, Starbucks promised to give jobs to 10,000 refugees within five years in solidarity of the people who are negatively impacted by the president's executive order. Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz announced the plan in a letter a few days after the executive order has been signed.
The hiring will be a worldwide initiative, and all Starbucks stores must participate. The program will initially focus on immigrants who have helped the U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in wars abroad.
Schultz has reassured Starbucks employees that he knows about their issues and will be working with them to mitigate the impact. Regarding the impact of Trump's trade-related actions on Mexico, the Starbucks CEO expressed solidarity with its Mexican customers and partners along with their loved ones, KIOS reported.
The Starbucks CEO also reassured employees that the coffee retailer will shoulder their health insurance expenses should the Trump administration succeeds in repealing former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. In addition, Schultz said he supports Obama's plan to give young immigrants a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit.
Schultz has supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Aside from Starbucks, Airbnb also opened its doors to refugees who were immediately impacted by Trump's executive order. Uber and Lyft also decided to support refugees against the executive order.
Jobs & Hire previously reported that Apple and Microsoft are also among the companies that promised to support their employees who might be affected by the executive order.