Responding to the U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that the company would hire 10,000 refugees in every one of the 75 countries where it operates.
“We will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new administration’s actions grows with each passing day,” Schultz said in a message to employees posted on the company’s website on Sunday. “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,” the statement says.
Along with this employment initiative, Schultz also said that the company would continue to invest in Mexico. Starbucks also announced that it will donate 4 million coffee trees to Mexican farmers this year.
Schultz added: “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.”
Schultz’s remarks has received heavy backlash from Trump supporters. #BoycottStarbucks has been trending in Twitter since Monday morning.