Starbucks To Hire 10,000 Refugees

The company makes a major statement about the current political situation

At the end of a weekend of protests against President Trump's actions to ban refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, Starbucks' outgoing CEO, Howard Schultz, has responded with a letter to the company's 238,000 employees. Among a host of promises, like continuing to aid DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) employees and provide affordable health care for employees, Schultz vows to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.

"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," he writes. The company will start with hiring refugees who have aided American troops as interpreters or other support personnel.

It is the second major social statement the company has made this month. A couple of weeks ago, Starbucks announced that it will offer six weeks of fully paid maternity leave for new mothers.