Last Sunday, Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said that he plans to hire 10,000 refugees in lieu of U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from certain countries. This plan to hire refugees covers over five years in 75 countries.
Last friday, Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-heavy countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks. With that, the order sparked widespread international criticism, outrage from civil rights activists and legal challenges.
With this announced hiring efforts, it will start in the United Stated by initially focusing on individuals who served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where the military has asked for such support, Schultz stated.
Schultz will soon step down as CEO in a few months to focus on new high-end coffee shops, handing the CEO position to the Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson, an employee who has stayed in the company for so long. He will be moving to the new position in April.
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