Help U.S. Jobs, Get an Indivisible Wristband

The Indivisible wristband is a thank you when you donate to the Create Jobs for USA Fund.

“Indivisible” is a word that brings together Starbucks partners, our suppliers and the American people. I’ve had the great pleasure of helping to bring an American-made Indivisible wristband to you as a thank you when you donate to the Create Jobs for USA Fund, operated by Opportunity Finance Network®.

It has been an exciting journey watching the wristband design and materials come together to be manufactured at existing American manufacturing plants, and we’re even gearing up some new plants. One hundred percent of the materials are from right here in the U.S.A. The red, white and blue cord is manufactured in Rhode Island, and the brass crimps come from Florida. The zinc alloy bead is made in a woman-owned manufacturing plant in Los Angeles where the wristband is also being assembled.

Today most high-volume U.S. manufacturing is gone due in part to the cost savings achievable through overseas production. I’ve seen work being put into factories who are hiring individuals in communities specifically in need of jobs. Domestic machinery that hasn’t been used in 15 years is being dusted off to make the wristbands. Our supplier hopes that “projects like the Indivisible wristband are a first step in resurrecting large-scale U.S. manufacturing.”

It has been an inspiring project. We hope that you’ll join in and donate to the Create Jobs for USA fund. By wearing this wristband, you’ll share that as Americans we are indivisible and together we can help create and sustain jobs here in the U.S.A. You can donate online at createjobsforUSA.org or in U.S. company-owned Starbucks stores.

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    • raday1
    • 11/1/2011 3:53 AM

    I support your iniative to bring jobs back to the United States. Production facilittes are almost non-existant here any more. The one thing that these new businesses need is customers to buy their products. Unfortunately, I do not see very many "Made In USA" products on your shelves Most of your mugs and Starbucks products are made overseas. Complete your promise.....create jobs......Buy "Made in USA" to keep the jobs here.

      • JanetteNoelle
      • 2/11/2012 7:27 PM

      In reply to: raday1

      I was also very pleased to see the Starbucks "Create Jobs for USA" campaign and bought two bracelets so far. I hope they are selling well, and that Starbucks will continue the project for a long time. I bet Starbucks will start adding more "Made In The USA" products, too, since customers are making that feature more of a priority with their purchases. The campaign also helps small businesses and community organizations, too, who are really struggling right now. Bravo, Starbucks!

    • hopeandchange
    • 11/5/2011 4:55 AM

    I don't support this. Those who do, well, it's your money, spend it as you like.

    Personal initiative is the best cure for reducing unemployment.

    I'm concerned that Starbucks focuses their attention and resources on such programs. I'm a very good customer of this company and do not understand why purchasing your product includes exposure to the political views of your senior corporate leadership.

      • graembo
      • 11/7/2011 11:44 AM

      In reply to: hopeandchange

      Whoa, dude... When there are seven or more job-seekers competing for each open position within the US, "personal initiative" only gets you about 15% of the way.

      Part of Starbucks' success is that they place their resources multiple places as they see fit. Believe it or not, a great many of their customers are so due to their uncompromising ethical stance.

      They also put resources toward AIDS, poverty, breast cancer, and fair trade coffee.

      Like you said, it's your money.

      • mrmitch
      • 11/26/2011 5:22 PM

      In reply to: hopeandchange

      I need to say a word here. I support putting people to work, not a store or political party, the people. If I can help by donating at least $5 to do that, it's doing something to help. Everyone needs to do their part to help not just us Americans, but people all over the world.
      Let's all have a little faith the we can make a difference by helping each other out in these tough times.

      • MLaveau
      • 1/12/2012 9:19 AM

      In reply to: hopeandchange

      Also realize that as the job market gets tighter our benefits get decreased. Google and see what is happening to PTO in our work place! And if you don't like it what are you going to do quit?
      What you are exposed to is the corporate leadership's right to free speach. If exposure to someone elses view bothers you then you have some issues of your own. I am wearing my wristband proudly!

      • Andreac1414
      • 12/21/2012 9:32 PM

      In reply to: hopeandchange

      Hi I wanted to share a site that was created to help Americans find work opportunities. Not doing anything different except being visible. Please visit www.iSawyah.com and share Id
      You think that this can help people to grow their business,increase sales, help
      Someone open that business they always wanted to.... iSawyah
      Is about being visible stepping away from your computer and going out and enjoying life while growing your economy.

    • Sekravetz
    • 11/6/2011 2:41 PM

    Raday1 I whole-heartedly agree with your comment and came to this site to post just what you wrote. I admire Howard Schultz's corporate responsibility ethos and recently purchased a Create Jobs for USA bracelet I have been on a "buy American" kick for many years. It would go along way toward Starbucks' credibility if the mugs and reusable cold cups it sells in its stores were "Made in the USA" rather than "Made in China," that predominates in its stores.

    • joker456
    • 11/7/2011 6:53 AM

    I agree with raday1 the best thing Starbucks can do to create jobs in the USA is stop selling so much junk made in Communist China and start manufacturing mugs and other coffee accoutrements here in the USA.

      • rajshivraj
      • 3/20/2012 11:49 AM

      In reply to: joker456

      hey, free class here. I am not biased but the reason the jobs are sent overseas is solely for the reason that local people here are not available to do junk job for junk pay. It's reason why things are not Made in USA except Hollywood movies, entertainment TV programs, Cocacola, Pepsi, Boeing, Heavy Defense equipments, Softwares, Subway and last but no least Starbucks. Let's not forget $ is printed in USA that changes world equations. hmm Coffee pls!

    • graembo
    • 11/7/2011 11:50 AM

    Like the others commenting,I find your sudden merchandising interest in American jobs to be a bit bogus.I bought the bracelet--I believe in the cause--but is it too much to expect that you sacrifice profit in the name of American-made goods?You've been applauded for choosing fair-trade coffee and doing many wonderful,philanthropic,ethical,uncompromising things.You give part-time employees healthcare access.Why not sell MADE IN USA products?Take an ethical stance on that and you will be rewarded.

    • Rogermarshall2@gmail.com
    • 11/8/2011 7:31 AM

    If you are about promoting jobs in the U.S. why are you buying your holiday cups from China. I am willing to pay the difference! That's right... I walk the walk. Do something that will make a difference and make it part of your ad campaign for jobs.

      • edwhittington
      • 11/8/2011 12:28 PM

      In reply to: Rogermarshall2@gmail.com

      I fully support Starbucks on their efforts, and I proudly wear my bracklet and tell those who comment on it where they can buy them. I would like to know though how one can shrink the braclet size? I see what looks like a clasp, but it requires something more than what I have to open it, and then I'm not sure if I'm suppose to cut to my size or what. Right now I have it doubled to fit but it still needs about 2 inches taken off. Thank you Starbucks again.

    • Duff2481
    • 11/9/2011 4:16 AM

    I was at sbux this morning and saw these. I agree spend your money as you like but I think the point is to show unity and something you stand behind and support and can spread the word when people ask what it stands for. The most interesting thing to me though is the lack of "Made in USA" stamp of product packaging. I specifically did not buy it because of this. It only says it is mad for Starbucks corp. the workers were not sure and were going to verify for me when I go back tomorrow.

    • michaelalpharetta
    • 11/11/2011 1:47 PM

    People do love to complain. Sure, Starbucks is marketing their product with this bracelet thing but they are also doing so in a positive way. It takes small steps to lead to big gains. One reason more people and corporations don't do more positive things is because they know that no matter what they do, people are going to cry and moan about it.

    • joebadera
    • 11/12/2011 9:56 AM

    I agree with graembo, rogermarshall2, and many others here. I am loyal to Starbucks partly because of their corp policies (use of fair-trade coffee, support for the environment and diversity, etc). I was surprised to see the createjobsforUSA.org promotion this am. I bought the bracelet, support the cause, and I'm willing to pay more for USA-made products ... but I'm not finding them on Starbucks shelves. Starbucks, please set an example ... reverse this hypocrisy ... and sell USA-made products!

    • RSSchmid
    • 11/13/2011 9:56 PM

    I support this initiative, and I bought my bracelet, yesterday. If you look at createjobsforUSA.org, their work is helping people expand and hire more workers. There is nothing objectionable about such an endeavor. It also feels good to feel as though we are working together in a difficult economy, pitching in. I agree with others about including American made products. I also want to see Fair Trade coffees for sale at all times. Ask. They usually are not serving Fair Trade in stores.

    • Jessie1985
    • 11/14/2011 5:22 AM

    Ding, ding, ding. Hello people begging for jobs. You won't get jobs until the economy gets better. The economy won't get bigger till taxes are reduced. Stop griping about big businesses being greedy and they will bring their businesses back to the USA if taxes are reduced and the president stops spending so darned much on useless stuff. This president has spent more than **** did in 8 yrs and he expects you and I to pay for it and guess what? We still don't have jobs. Wow.

    • Jessie1985
    • 11/14/2011 5:23 AM

    OMG, I hate Starbucks. I will never shop there again. You are to freaking liberal. I can't even type B U SH in my message????? Obama sux and so do you liberal gays running Starbucks.

      • nmbflman@gmail.com
      • 11/22/2011 6:06 PM

      In reply to: Jessie1985

      Grow up. Where have you been, just cause you are stuck with a brain that full of air,
      HOLD IT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THE LAST 5 YEARS FOR YOUR FAMILY EXCEPT MAKE THEM LOOK BAD.



    • barnabas10
    • 11/15/2011 6:40 PM

    I am personally thrilled at two of your recent steps: The recycling program at Starbucks in North Carolina is a huge step in the right direction. No other coffee shops are making the move.
    The second step is the move to work toward employing people. I have not seen any political statement just a move to help people. Great move when the economy is stuck and no one is making a move. You just stepped out and did it. How unique and freeing for the rest of us. Keep up the leadership.

    • barnabas10
    • 11/15/2011 6:48 PM

    It is not freaking liberal to help others and cut the ideologue blockade. In your honor Jessie I have purchased two extra bracelets and given them to family members. "Remember that life is short and you do not have much time to glad the hearts of those who journey with us so be swift to love and make haste to be kind.

    • misccoffee
    • 11/16/2011 5:53 AM

    "The red, white and blue cord is manufactured in Rhode Island, and the brass crimps come from Florida. The zinc alloy bead is made in a woman-owned manufacturing plant in Los Angeles where the wristband is also being assembled."

    I think your jobs initiative is seriously conflicting with your sustainable ideals... if you could source the cord and crimps from CA (or any closer than the East Coast!) you'd seriously cut down on carbon emissions from shipping all that product around our country!

    • jJjalltheway
    • 11/21/2011 7:19 AM

    I am struggling, I am all for buy American Made, I am proud to be an American. I have been to other country's and see how they defer to their own products and think we should do likewise. I painstakingly look for made in America products.
    My struggle is how can you promote this and have "made in China" on every product on your shelves? I stopped and looked two days ago.

    Can you say hypocrite?

    • Hairdad
    • 11/21/2011 9:33 AM

    You want us to buy a wrist band to join the movement to create jobs, But the ceramic mugs I bought in the store are made in China !

    • Walton22
    • 11/22/2011 8:43 AM

    Dear Starbucks staff (particularly, the person who had the idea of the Indivisible wristband movement):
    Thank you so very much. It's a great idea. I have purchased two.

    Please continue to help create U.S. jobs.

    Those who left displeased messages about Chinese products sold in the United States are short-sighted, forgetting that the very computers they use to deliver such complaints are also not American-made. So, I wouldn't worry with them.

    • bishopk98
    • 12/3/2011 9:53 AM

    Just want to add my two cents to the jobs issues. I made a contribution to the project, but believe that you could do much more. Using American products in Starbucks stores, offering them for sale would do much for American business and would support the PR for this project. There are plenty of items you sell made in the USA and if they had Starbucks for a customer, there would be even more. It's not like you compete on price. How about competing on Made in USA.

    • 2Rosebuds
    • 12/7/2011 7:38 PM

    When I heard about the Help US Jobs project I was so excited. Today I bought a "made in US" bracelet, but I was so disappointed to still see all the "Made in China" coffee mugs, cups, travel cups, water bottles, etc. I really wanted to buy a travel mug but I won't until it says Made in USA. Starbucks, don't be hypocrites. Put YOUR money where your mouth is. Let's see products made in the USA, not China, in your stores.

    • zcreativity
    • 12/13/2011 10:12 AM

    Jobs are created when the American workers create and sell American made products. Can we sustain selling foreign goods as the primary support of the American Economy (retail)? NO We need American products on the Starbucks shelves in the USA and in other countries. Trade deficit = wealth transfer to other countries. What good does it do to give someone a few bucks to start a business if there is no market for the products (unless having made-in-China logo). Solve don't market USA Jobs

    • liquidgooey
    • 12/26/2011 7:48 PM

    I am a conservative assumed something like this went to support a cause I would not support. I was pleased to read the story and find that it's simply putting people to work and encouraging 'Made In The USA'.

    Good for you Starbucks! My wife was given the bracelet but I wear it and I'm glad to tell people why.

    • sparklelic
    • 1/9/2012 8:16 AM

    I am Conservative and a Republican, as well as a small business owner's daughter and I think that this is great! Schultz is awesome for taking a stand against the "almighty" gov! The program is supposed to bring about awareness that there are still loans available for small buisnesses to take advantage of.
    Here's the link:
    http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/11/01/starbucks-takes-on-u-s-jobs-woes-with-loans-bracelets/
    I think that the article is left leaning but still worth a read.

    • sk6strng
    • 2/3/2012 7:32 PM

    I applaud Mr.Schultz for taking a personal stand on this. I have been in the US workforce for over 40 years and have watched opportunities dwindle. When I go into a Starbucks store I am met with great customer service, product knowledge, and professionalism. They are doing something right as a company. I"ll throw my $5 in and hope Mr. Schultz’ efforts help to turn things around for American workers. We could us a boost, and inspiration towards greater professional pride as Americans.

    • PranitaK
    • 4/2/2012 7:27 PM

    Why should I pay 5$ to a 10 billion dollar company to help the community? The company itself has the capital to encourage local trade and stop selling "Made in China" things.
    It is just shameful that Starbucks would want to target the people's sore spot - talk about creating job and ask them for 5$ for a useless wrist band.

      • ormark
      • 6/7/2012 2:43 PM

      In reply to: PranitaK

      Reading and comprehension, PranitaK. You're not paying it to a $10-billion company. You "donate to the Create Jobs for USA Fund, operated by Opportunity Finance Network®."

    • miss300game
    • 4/7/2012 8:04 AM

    I see there r a lot of ignorant people in this country, its no wonder we r in the shape we r in. I for one am glad to see a business care and donate money to help put folks back to work. I stand with u 100 percent!! I will wear my bracelet with pride, and for those who r making this about politics, your true colors r showing!!!! I think u know what i mean!! If u cant support because u r worrying about who will get the credit, then u need to reevaluate yourself. Thank u Starbucks for stepping up.

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