Starbucks adalah antara syarikat yang menyokong hubungan sejenis. Apakah kita hanya pejam mata dan terus membeli, makan dan minum di sana?
Berikut merupakan isi kandungan surat rasmi pihak Starbucks yang menyatakan sokongannya kepada LGBT (rujukan : http://seattletimes.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2017323520_starbucks_supports_gay_marriag.html ) :-
To: U.S. partners
Date: January 24, 2012
Re: A Message from Kalen Holmes: Starbucks Supports Marriage Equality
Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.
This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. We are proud of our Pride Alliance Partner Network group, which is one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S., helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities where we live and work.
For the last 20 years, our benefits program has offered domestic partner benefits in the U.S. These benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and alternative health care coverage. All partners (part-time and full-time) in all work locations, whether in a store, a roasting plant or a corporate office, adhere to the same eligibility requirements for health coverage and have access to the same comprehensive health plans.
We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.
We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law.
executive vice president, Partner Resources
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Caught on camera: Moment Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz defends company’s stance on same-sex marriage to anti-gay activist
‘It’s a free country,’ Mr Schultz said. ‘You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company.
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Last year, the Seattle-based coffee giant supported Washington’s same-sex marriage referendum. But after Mr Strobhar suggested the measure decreased the company’s value, Mr Schultz’s response was vitriolic – and was met with raucous applause.
‘We want to embrace diversity,’ he said.
Schultz has long been an advocate for gay rights and stated last year that the company would endorse a same-sex marriage bill in Washington state.
The move caused a stir among conservatives and opponents to gay marriage, prompting the National Organization for Marriage’s decision to boycott Starbucks.
Mr Strobhar brought up the boycott at the Wednesday gathering, claiming that it had led to a lower yield.
‘In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing,’ said Strobhar.
The shareholder made his remark after the board was given approval by a vote to make political contributions, with board members saying they wanted flexibility to promote the company’s policy agenda.
The CEO told the shareholder that the company was committed to embracing diversity.
‘It is not an economic decision,’ he said.
‘The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people. We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity.’
His comments prompted cheers and applause from the gathered stockholders and then the CEO offered the discontented stockholder a way out.
‘If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much,’ he told him.