Starbucks Makes Global Commitment to Hire 10,000 Refugees by 2022

There are more than 65 million people identified by United Nations Refugee Agency as being forcibly displaced and more than 21 million of those are refugees. Refugees represent a population who seek a chance to rebuild their lives and have a fresh start in the face of extraordinarily difficult circumstances. In keeping with our long-standing history to create opportunity for all and to invest in the people who are a part of the communities where we do business, Starbucks is leading a global effort over the next five years to welcome and employ 10,000 refugees whose talent, experience and resilience will enrich the communities we serve around the world.

This commitment builds on the humanitarian assistance we provided to refugees in 2015.

  1. Refugee Hiring

    Starbucks will focus our initial efforts on markets where the refugee need is greatest and where we have a store base to meet the need. Applicants will need to have work authorization and will go through the same review and background check as all other potential partners. Our goal is to provide additional tools, resources and support within our current process to address the unique needs of refugee applicants and our hiring managers. Explore open roles.

  2. Opportunity for All

    As a leader in hiring great talent, Starbucks has and will always look to create opportunities for our partners (employees) and customers in the communities we serve.

    Specifically, in the U.S. through our veteran’s hiring commitment, we are ahead of schedule to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018 and have already hired 36,000 people ages 16-24 through our Opportunity Youth hiring commitment.

Partnering With Like-Minded Organizations

Starbucks is formally joining the UNHCR’s #WithRefugees Campaign and the Tent Partnership for Refugees in an effort to scale up our support and efforts to reach refugee candidates. Also, our partnerships with non-governmental organizations will help provide skills training to refugees and connect work authorized candidates to job opportunities. Starbucks is partnering globally with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency, and in the U.S., with No One Left Behind, an organization founded by a veteran and his translator, and dedicated to resettling interpreters, personnel and their families who served alongside U.S. forces.

“No One Left Behind could not be more excited to partner with Starbucks on such a vital campaign. NOLB has been fighting for years to resettle our wartime allies here in America and this alliance validates our organization's work. Starbucks commitment to hiring such deserving veterans also validates the sacrifices these allies and their families have made for our country over the last 16 years.” – Matt Zeller, Co-founder and CEO

“Starbucks’ commitment shows how companies can tangibly help refugees. People forced to flee often arrive in new countries with specialist skills and the willingness to work hard. Above all, they want the dignity that comes with being able to support their own families. With jobs, refugees also integrate into their communities more quickly and bring tangible economic and social benefits. By signing the #WithRefugees petition and joining UNHCRs coalition we look forward to working further with Starbucks to show how we can all stand together #WithRefugees.” – Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR

“The IRC is thrilled to partner with Starbucks on their powerful and impactful commitment to hire 10,000 refugees globally over five years. One of the best ways for a refugee to integrate into a new community is through employment, and Starbucks’ pledge to provide these much-needed jobs will be a critical first step towards our clients’ self-sufficiency.” – David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.