Starbucks: We want to hire more refugees

Starbucks: We want to hire more refugees


norman lebrecht

January 31, 2017

From a Howard Schultz message to Starbucks partners:



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.


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  • Dennis says:

    Alleged refugees are not “citizens”.

    • Holly Golightly says:

      Sorry, but didn’t Starbucks go belly up? Nice metaphor. Their politics might be impeccable but their coffee is TERRIBLE.

  • Christopher CZAJA SAGER says:

    “Impeccable politics” ??? Their politics are typical US imperialist/corporate; new work force to pay low ‘wages’
    .Does Starbucks pay commensurate taxes?

  • John Rodger says:

    Because they’re cheap.