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Trumping him: Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in 75 countries

Starbuck’s chief executive officer Howard Schultz told employees in a letter on Sunday that it would do everything possible to support workers affected by the Trump ban.

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Shultz has been outspoken on various issues, asking US customers not to bring guns into stores and urging conversations on race relations

Cocking a snook at Donald Trump’s US travel ban, the boss of Starbucks Corp (NASDAQ:SBUX) has said the coffee giant plans to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in 75 countries.

On Friday the newly-installed US President signed an executive order putting in place a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.

The order, which Trump claims will help protect Americans from terrorist attacks, has sparked widespread international criticism, outrage from civil rights activists and legal challenges.

Starbuck’s chief executive officer Howard Schultz told employees in a letter on Sunday that the group would do everything possible to support affected workers.

Shultz said the US firm’s hiring efforts, also announced on Sunday, would start in the United States by initially focusing on individuals who have served with US troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where the military has asked for such support.

Mexico commitment …

The Starbuck’s boss also affirmed the company's commitment to trade with Mexico, another subject that has been forefront of Trump's campaign plans.

Shultz has been outspoken on various issues, asking US customers not to bring guns into stores and urging conversations on race relations.

He will step down as CEO in April to become Starbuck’s executive chairman, handing the top job to chief operating officer Kevin Johnson.

Aside from the Starbucks boss’s blast, leaders from across the technology industry have also moved to criticise Trump’s temporary ban on foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive officer voiced strong objections to Trump's move at the weekend and company co-founder Sergey Brin participated in a protest at San Francisco International Airport.

Google crisis fund …

The search engine giant – part of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has also reportedly set up a US$4mln (£3.2mln) crisis fund to help employees and other people affected by Trump’s new immigration policy.

Google’s US$2mln fund, that can be matched with up to $2mln in donations from employees, is its largest-ever crisis fund, according to USA Today, and backs four organisations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR.

In other moves by tech giant’s Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) sent a letter to its employees offering legal assistance to those affected by the ban, while Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, tweeted on Friday that he was "concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump".

Silicon Valley relies heavily on skilled foreigners to fill key roles, and the order resonates with the tech sector’s founders, executives and engineers, many of whom were also foreign-born.

Separately, over the weekend, Uber said it will create a US$3mln legal defence fund to help drivers on its online cab platform with immigration issues.

And online holiday lets firm Airbnb has offered free accommodation to people left stranded by Trump's travel ban.

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