Starbucks preaches at Trump but it bans women from its shops in Saudi Arabia

Metro: The CEO of Starbucks has vowed to hire 10,000 refugees in response to Donald Trump’s ban on people claiming asylum.  Howard Schultz, who runs Starbucks, responded in an open letter to staff, saying that he would do what he could to defend civil liberties and protect the most vulnerable.

Dear partners,

I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. Let me begin with the news that is immediately in front of us: we have all been witness to the confusion, surprise and opposition to the Executive Order that President Trump issued on Friday, effectively banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars.

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Read full letter here: Message from Howard Schultz to Starbucks Partners: Living Our Values in Uncertain Times

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Women were barred from a Starbucks in Saudi Arabia and told to send ‘their driver’ to get a coffee for them instead after religious police noticed a ‘gender barrier’ wall had collapsed, reports claim. Signs in Arabic and English were put up on doors to the coffee shop telling women not to enter. The posters read: ‘Please no entry for ladies, only send your drivers to order. Thank you.’ (photo: La Repubblica)