Star­bucks boss in de­spair over Trump im­mi­gra­tion or­der

The Star Early Edition - - TRUMP FOCUS - Bloomberg

STAR­BUCKS chief ex­ec­u­tive Howard Schultz, who wrote he had a “heavy heart” over US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion or­der, said the com­pany plans to hire 10 000 refugees over five years around the world.

Trump is­sued an or­der on Fri­day sus­pend­ing the ad­mis­sion of refugees into the US for 120 days and ban­ning cit­i­zens from seven pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­tries for 90 days.

The di­rec­tive has been crit­i­cised by US al­lies Canada and Ger­many.

Star­bucks is in di­rect con­tact with em­ploy­ees af­fected by the im­mi­gra­tion ban and will do “ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to sup­port and help them to nav­i­gate through this con­fus­ing pe­riod,” Schultz said on the cof­fee chain’s web­site.

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing

Schultz also said that he and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Kevin John­son, who is due to take over the chief ex­ec­u­tive role this year, will be­gin com­mu­ni­cat­ing with work­ers more fre­quently.

“I am hear­ing the alarm you all are sound­ing that the ci­vil­ity and hu­man rights we have all taken for granted for so long are un­der at­tack, and want to use a faster, more im­me­di­ate form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion to en­gage with you on mat­ters that con­cern us all as part­ners,” Schultz wrote.

He said he strongly sup­ported the “Dream­ers” pro­gramme, de­signed to help im­mi­grants who ar­rive in the US as chil­dren.

In post­ing the let­ter, Schultz de­liv­ered one of cor­po­rate Amer­ica’s fiercest re­bukes against Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion or­der.

The mes­sage also brought a back­lash from some Amer­i­cans. The #Boy­cottS­tar­bucks was trend­ing in the US yes­ter­day morn­ing.

But Schultz wasn’t alone in crit­i­cis­ing Trump’s move. Google chief ex­ec­u­tive Sun­dar Pichai, an im­mi­grant from In­dia, called the pol­icy “painful,” and Gold­man Sachs chief ex­ec­u­tive Lloyd Blank­fein said it’s “not a pol­icy we sup­port.”

Tax on im­ports

Trump wants to build a wall on the border with Mex­ico and pos­si­bly pay for it with a 20 per­cent tax on Mex­i­can im­ports in a bid to stem il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

Schultz wrote that the com­pany would “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.”

Star­bucks “will con­tinue to in­vest” in Mex­ico, he wrote.

“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,” he said. – Bloomberg

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.