Starbucks Announces Plans To Hire 10,000 Refugees

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With a relentless barrage of corporate executives taking veiled, and not so veiled, shots at Trump's immigration policies, moments ago Starbuck's outgoing CEO Howard Schultz went one better, and in a letter to employees, the CEO announced plans to hire some 10,000 refugees in the 75 countries in which Starbucks does business, and furthermore added that “our Partner Resources team has been in direct contact” with employees affected by President Trump’s immigration ban."

He outlined different plans to not only hire refugees, but also on how the company will support “Dreamers” in the country, “building bridges, not walls” with Mexico and providing healthcare for his employees as Congress prepares to repeal ObamaCare.

Schultz focused on future ties with Mexico and said that "coffee is what unites our common heritage, and as I told Alberto Torrado, the leader of our partnership with Alsea in Mexico, we stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans.  But we will continue to invest in this critically important market all the same."

Schultz also vowed to support “Dreamers” saying that "there are nearly three quarters of a million hardworking people contributing to our communities and our economy because of this program.  At Starbucks, we are proud to call them partners and to help them realize their own American Dream.  We want them to feel welcome and included in our success, which is why we reimburse them for the biennial fee they must pay to stay in the program and why we have offered DACA-related services at our Opportunity Youth hiring fairs."

Also, having been criticized in the past of curtailing total worker hours in order to accommodate higher minimum wages and health benefits, Schultz wrote that "our commitment remains that if you are benefits eligible, you will always have access to health insurance through Starbucks." He added that "many have expressed concerns that recent government actions may jeopardize your ability to participate in the Affordable Care Act. If the recent Executive Order related to health care remains in place and the Affordable Care Act is repealed causing you to lose your healthcare coverage, you will always have the ability to return and can do so within 30 days of losing that coverage rather than having to wait for an open enrollment period."

It is unclear how big of a hit to the SBUX bottom line these generous proposals will end up costing, and whether the company's shareholders will be as delighted in sharing the CEO's noble vision.

His full letter below.

Message from Howard Schultz to Starbucks Partners: Living Our Values in Uncertain Times

Dear partners,

I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. Let me begin with the news that is immediately in front of us: we have all been witness to the confusion, surprise and opposition to the Executive Order that President Trump issued on Friday, effectively banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars. I can assure you that our Partner Resources team has been in direct contact with the partners who are impacted by this immigration ban, and we are doing everything possible to support and help them to navigate through this confusing period.

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. These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past. Kevin and I are going to accelerate our commitment to communicating with you more frequently, including leveraging new technology platforms moving forward.  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, and want to use a faster, more immediate form of communication to engage with you on matters that concern us all as partners.

I also want to take this opportunity to announce specific actions we are taking to reinforce our belief in our partners around the world and to ensure you are clear that we will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new Administration’s actions grows with each passing day:

  • Support for DACA: As I wrote to Senators Graham and Durbin this week, we are enthusiastically behind their work to support “Dreamers” across our country – including those young men and women who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. There are nearly three quarters of a million hardworking people contributing to our communities and our economy because of this program.  At Starbucks, we are proud to call them partners and to help them realize their own American Dream.  We want them to feel welcome and included in our success, which is why we reimburse them for the biennial fee they must pay to stay in the program and why we have offered DACA-related services at our Opportunity Youth hiring fairs.
  • Hiring Refugees: We have a long history of hiring young people looking for opportunities and a pathway to a new life around the world. This is why we are doubling down on this commitment by working with our equity market employees as well as joint venture and licensed market partners in a concerted effort to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination.  There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business.  And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support.   
  • Building Bridges, Not Walls, With Mexico: We have been open for business in Mexico since 2002, and have since opened 600 stores in 60 cities across the country, which together employ over 7,000 Mexican partners who proudly wear the green apron. We have sourced coffee from Mexico’s producers and their families for three decades and last fall, we also announced the creation of a farmer support center in Chiapas to help accelerate our collective ability to grow and export some of the world’s finest coffees from this important growing region, while donating more than $2 million to support the livelihood, food security and water quality of coffee producing communities in Oaxaca.  With the support of thousands of Starbucks partners and millions of customers, we have also donated half a million coffee trees to support 70,000 families, and we will be expanding the initiative this year to generate another 4 million tree donations. Coffee is what unites our common heritage, and as I told Alberto Torrado, the leader of our partnership with Alsea in Mexico, we stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans.  But we will continue to invest in this critically important market all the same.
  • Our Healthcare Commitment to You: Finally, let me restate what we have recently communicated with you about the Affordable Care Act – our commitment remains that if you are benefits eligible, you will always have access to health insurance through Starbucks.  Many of you have expressed concerns that recent government actions may jeopardize your ability to participate in the Affordable Care Act. If the recent Executive Order related to health care remains in place and the Affordable Care Act is repealed causing you to lose your healthcare coverage, you will always have the ability to return and can do so within 30 days of losing that coverage rather than having to wait for an open enrollment period. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Benefits Center at 877-728-9236.

In the face of recent events around the world, let me assure you that we will stay true to our values and do everything we can possibly do to support and invest in every partner’s well-being while taking the actions that are squarely within our ability to control. This is our focus: providing a Third Place of respite for those around the world who seek it, daily.

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 farmers who care so deeply for the highest of quality coffee we offer to customers all around the globe, and yes, opportunity for those who come to America in search of their own fresh start – whether that is with Starbucks directly, or through our suppliers or our partner companies.

If there is any lesson to be learned over the last year, it’s that your voice and your vote matter more than ever. We are all obligated to ensure our elected officials hear from us individually and collectively. Starbucks is doing its part; we need you to use the collective power of your voices to do the same while respecting the diverse viewpoints of the 90 million customers who visit our stores in more than 25,000 locations around the world.

So, while we seek to understand what the new Administration’s policies mean for us and our business both domestically and around the world, I can assure you that we will do whatever it takes to support you, our partners, to realize your own dreams and achieve your own opportunities. We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time – whether that neighborhood is in a Red State or a Blue State; a Christian country or a Muslim country; a divided nation or a united nation. That will not change.  You have my word on that.

Onward,

Howard

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lead salad's picture

I never drink this overpriced burnt shit he calls coffee.......and definitely won't now.

knukles's picture

Fuckin' makes me wanna cry ....

Is the CEO really trying to negatively impact his shareholders?
Has he breached his fiduciary duties?

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) knukles Jan 29, 2017 7:43 PM

I'm planning to hire some printers. 

3D Printers:

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-01-29/the-most-dangerous-gun-maker-i...

toady's picture

Where? In Germany? With any luck at all there won't be any refugees in the states in a year or two! 

knukles's picture

Just for shits and giggles;  Starbucks (SBUX) closed Jan. 27 at $56.12

 

SWRichmond's picture

"If you are benefits eligible..."

Hahahahah part time suckers

 

Billy the Poet's picture

The voting script appears to be fixed.

Dormouse's picture

Starbucks! Where the whiter you look the more spit you get in your coffee.

Citizen_x's picture

 

ISIS coffee...$6 a cup.

Are customers funding terrorism ?

tmosley's picture

Would be really awesome if it became impossible for anyone to get coffee at Starbucks because of literally continual ICE raids.

Richard Chesler's picture

Seriously, who drinks their shitty coffee?

espirit's picture

What a great idea!

Moar infectious diseases spead via spit to the Snowflake nation.

 

I'm Lovin' It.

(Oh, McD's ditty)

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Call me a racist, xenophobic, minority hater... but wouldn't it be highly discriminatory against the CITIZEN's searching for work to recruit only refugees? 

Just sayin' 

And as for drinking Starcucks fluids, hell I wouldn't wash a stray dog in the putrid bile. 

aminorex's picture

Indeed it would.  And that is why I support it.   Also, because I own some SBUX and this will make me money.

NewHugh's picture

Does this make your sphincter  less painful, snowflake?

Antifaschistische's picture

interpretation:

In an attempt to look "anti-trump", Starbucks CEO commits to hiring non-Americans...expects to lower the cost of labor.

...why doesn't he offer free coffee to non-American's too?

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Presumably people in large urban area offices that can't get in their car and drive a mile to a different coffee shop? One day they will figure out that they make these machines called coffee makers and you can brew excellent coffee for pennies a cup. Take up a weekly collection and buy a couple bags of 8 o'clock brand, some sugar and milk and whatever fancy fufu flavoring you want and you have coffee for a week.

americanreality's picture

"Can't get in their car and drive a mile..."

 

No, they cannot.  Ever worked in a city?  

turnoffthewater's picture

I have bought zero cups of coffee from suckbucks. I can make a better cup at the house

3.7.77's picture

Hey Howard, you and your terrible overpriced coffee aren't my partner, so pound it.

SilverRhino's picture

This is illegal as hell and Starbucks needs to be sued for Prohibited Practices via the EEOC.  

Use the left's weapons against them.  

 

EEOC 

Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices

 

Job Advertisements

It is illegal for an employer to publish a job advertisement that shows a preference for or discourages someone from applying for a job because of his or her race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

 

https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/practices/  

duo's picture

6 or 7 years ago Starbucks closed a location in N. Dallas because it was full of muslims leering at women all day. My how times have changed.

techpriest's picture

Meanwhile the one next to my apartment complex was racist towards my wife. It seems that inclusion is only extended to some minorities, but not others. In particular, the minorities that get and keep jobs, put a good deal of effort into learning English, and who put up "Merry Christmas" signs in ethnic stores.

JamesBond's picture

"And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support."

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supporting the MIC? not going to go down well with the latte drinking women marchers...

jb

boattrash's picture

I upped you to test it.

Edit; Still freezing up on mine, maybe my computer's just FUBAR

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) boattrash Jan 29, 2017 9:52 PM

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CheapBastard's picture

All talk no action.

Give me a call after Starbucks hires these 10,000 "refugees."

BTW, will Starbucks offer a lifetyime discount to the widows of the victims killed by Obama and Hillary?

That would be alot nicer.

44_shooter's picture

they'll hire 6 refugees in the uS and 9994 in every other country they do business in.

Fuck him and fuck starbucks.  Anti American POS company.

 

PT's picture

Does this mean that the refugees are willing to work for less money than the robots?

fajensen's picture

Actually, Yes. Think about it. Do we ever see those robots in a real shitty factory with fumes going everywhere, high temperatures and water sprays?

You know, those "hard, risky, repetitive and dangerous jobs" that robots are supposed to save "us" from doing.

No, we don't. Reason is that robots are rather expensive, fragile and when they do break, the cost for fixing them falls on their owners.

When some person / migrant breaks, they just hire another just like him. The costs of the replacement and the care for the busted-up one falls upon society.

Maybe taxes or health-care costs eventually goes up because of this - but, since businesses don't pay taxes or health care costs, they don't give a shit.

JamesBond's picture

Unemployment of young adults in Germany is high - but the jobs will go to imigrants?

Unemployment of young adults in Italy is high - but the jobs will go to imigrants?

Unemployment of young adults is UK is high - but the jobs will go to imigrants?

Unemployment of young adults in Ireland is high - but the jobs will go to imigrants?

Unemployment of young adults in Spain is high - but the jobs will go to imigrants?

Unemployment of young adults in France is high - but the jobs will go to imigrants?

 

I'm getting tired ot typing...

 

jb

Billy the Poet's picture

I just upvoted boattrash and you one after the other with no problem. Now that I think about it I got a Firefox update today (even though I don't want them they just do it anyway). Maybe that took care of it

TwelveOhOne's picture

I'm using Chrome, and still have an 8-second pause.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Schultz wins the Full of Shit Corporate Speech to his Underlings Award for January. 

 

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Whoa Dammit Jan 29, 2017 8:23 PM

Schultz is just a typical shit-stirring jew

FreedomGuy's picture

This just in from Lyft in my email:

We created Lyft to be a model for the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive, and safe.

This weekend, Trump closed the country's borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.

We know this directly impacts many of our community members, their families, and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. We ask that you continue to be there for each other - and together, continue proving the power of community.

John & Logan
Lyft Co-Founder

Ms No's picture

Lyft too?  Damn it!  Now I have no ride next time I drink.  My boycott list is so big I can't buy anything now.  Except for guns.  I am going to have to screw some loser just to get a ride home.  Son of a bitch!

americanreality's picture

Post a pic.  We'll let you know if you'll be able to find that ride.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Another way to spell suicide. Time and Wapo didn't listen either.

Croesus's picture

Howard Schultz - another Kosher Kocksucker who needs to get lampshaded...

This time around, the Shoah will be real, unlike the bs that got pinned on Germany.

Food for thought:

If the story of the Holocaust could stand up to any kind of REAL SCRUTINY, there would be no need to have laws against debating it, or doubting it.

Debate on any other aspect of history is fine, just don't ever question the myth of the 6 million.

Why is that?

lovemesomeZH's picture

David Irvin, Ernst Zundel

Croesus's picture

Let's not forget Fred Leuchter...he really sent the "Holo-capitalists" into a rage.

It's the shakedown that never ends (h/t Nu Yawk), because there's no business, like shoah business.

We're about due for another "Suffering Jews Overcoming Evil Nazis" movie from Hollywood(owitz).

Like I said yesterday, if there's such a thing as an immutable law of history, it's this:

Jews always overplay their hand.

CheapBastard's picture

Hiring 10,000 angry bitter refugees to serve my drink...sounds like a great place to go for a piss-laced coffee or borken glass filled muffin.

Thanx, but no thanx.

aminorex's picture

Unlike you, refugees are not cheap, miserable, hateful , impotent and frustrated.

aminorex's picture

Unlike you, refugees are not cheap, miserable, hateful , impotent and frustrated.

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) Croesus Jan 29, 2017 10:02 PM

Note that the "human lampshades" and "bars of soap" stories are just another part of the mythology:

https://codoh.com/library/document/628/

Yukon Cornholius's picture

I'm pretty sure there's a new one out called Denial.