In his most recent executive order, President Donald Trump banned refugees from several countries from entering the U.S. (Learn more about that here.) And Starbucks is responding by taking action to help refugees in need. In an online message, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that the company will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.
The hiring surge will take place in all 75 countries that offer Starbucks locations. (Worth noting: There is only one Starbucks location in the Middle East and North Africa—the area affected by the recent executive order.) Schultz said that the hiring effort will begin in the U.S. with particular focus on those refugees who have provided support to the U.S. military.
“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,” Schultz wrote in his statement. “These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past.”
In his statement, the Starbucks CEO also referred to plans to combat several other proposed policies that would restrict immigration. Schultz mentioned his support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which helps undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children acquire drivers license, get educated, and find jobs. He also pledged to support Starbucks’ partners, employees, and customers in Mexico in the face of plans for a Mexican border wall. And he promised to provide health insurance to employees—regardless of what happens with the Affordable Care Act.
Schultz concluded his note with a message of inclusivity, which remains a core value of the coffee chain. “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.”
Feeling motivated to act? There are tons of ways to make your voice heard. SELF’s resources on finding activist opportunities and getting involved in policy decisions are great places to start. And if you’re passionate about women’s access to reproductive health care in particular, you can also consider: donating to the Center for Reproductive Rights, volunteering for NARAL Pro-Choice America, donating to the Reproductive Health Access Project, or volunteering for Planned Parenthood.
Also: Mexican President Promises To Protect Immigrants Living In The US (from Newsy)