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Starbucks CEO: ‘If You Support Traditional Marriage We Don’t Want Your Business”

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During the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting, CEO Howard Schultz had a clear message to send to investors who don’t support gay marriage: he doesn’t want your business.

 

Schultz went on to claim that Starbucks strives to “embrace diversity of all kinds.” He went on to tell a shareholder who stands behind tradition marriage to sell his shares and invest elsewhere.

 

Forbes reported that Schultz seemed hostile and intolerant of any shareholders who objected to gay marriage for moral or religious reasons.

 

What do you think? Is this a bad move on Starbucks’ part?

 

Source: http://americannews.com/starbucks-ce...your-business/

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Because of the CEO's open stance against people who object to the practice of homosexuality, he is contradicting himself, no longer "embracing diversity of all kinds." Kind of funny when you think about it. I think for Starbuck's it's a good business move but the the CEO not being able to keep his opinion to himself seems a little unprofessional to me.

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Excellent point, Freed. As for me, even though I really enjoyed Starbucks mochas, I will never enter another Starbucks or buy their coffee again. Meanwhile, I think I will mail them my Starbucks card.

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I with you Meg. If my money and my business is no longer good enough for Howard, and I'm not welcome in his stores because I hold Christian and traditional values, so be it. I will miss going there, but there are plenty of other coffee shops in town.

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The OP article may be "fake news", in whole, or at least in part. Check out the rest of the story here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/di...usiness-92588/

 

He has said it in the past. This actually wasn't anything new. From 2015: http://www.allenbwest.com/erichall/s...arbucks-shares

 

From the article you shared, David, it seems that the latest comment was taken out of context.

 

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William

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The OP article may be "fake news", in whole, or at least in part. Check out the rest of the story here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/di...usiness-92588/

 

If he doesn't want a shareholder to invest i his company, I don't see where he respects his customers' values... I stand my ground, never again Starbucks. Small price to pay for standing for the Lord.

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If he doesn't want a shareholder to invest i his company, I don't see where he respects his customers' values... I stand my ground, never again Starbucks. Small price to pay for standing for the Lord.
Good for him saying exactly where he stands. It allows me to make an informed decision on my purchases. Hopefully it will also allow the shareholders to make an informed decision about whether they want someone running the company whose first concern is not the success of the business. If the earnings continue to fall, it only takes one vote to remove him.

 

For myself, I think I'll stick to Costa since they sell coffee, not politics.

 

 

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Yup, there is plenty of less expensive coffee to be had elsewhere. McD's, Burger King, local gas stations... Just a few that come to mind.

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Because of the CEO's open stance against people who object to the practice of homosexuality, he is contradicting himself, no longer "embracing diversity of all kinds." Kind of funny when you think about it. I think for Starbuck's it's a good business move but the the CEO not being able to keep his opinion to himself seems a little unprofessional to me.

 

The irony here is just... almost painful. I see it all the time. The "oh so tolerant," are really the least tolerant from where I'm sitting. They are only tolerant of the things they agree with, ha ha. They seem to have missed the meaning of the word.

 

I generally find it unwise to discriminate against people for simply having a different opinion. This is especially true when it comes to business.

 

He can do what he wants though. I don't like Starbuck's anyway. I think it's overhyped and overpriced (and apparently has a CEO with an overinflated sense of his own worldview).

 

 

Yup, there is plenty of less expensive coffee to be had elsewhere. McD's, Burger King, local gas stations... Just a few that come to mind.

 

Yep, and they taste better too. Add Dunkin Donuts to that list. :)

 

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Yep, and they taste better too. Add Dunkin Donuts to that list. :)

 

We should be getting one of those in a few months. If they ever finish renovating the building they leased.

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Many people may oppose gay marriage because their interpretation of teachings in the Bible forbids to endorse that type of relationship. The CEO may be pro gay marriage and it's his right to do so just as it's the right of others to have opposing views, therefore, he should understand that he does not have the authority to determine what others may deem to be acceptable or not.

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At a the shareholders meeting on March 20, 2013, Tom Strobhar suggested Starbucks had been financially harmed by its stand on same sex marriage, stating “In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing.”

 

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz responded with:

"Not every decision is an economic decision. Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38% shareholder return over the last year. I don’t know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38% over the last 12 months. Having said that, it is not an economic decision to me. 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. Of all kinds.

 

If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much."

 

 

Now I am all in favor of boycotting overpriced coffee simply because it is overpriced coffee.

I just found the actual remarks quoted in context interesting.

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My take on these situations is just don't get involved. It is a bad move on his part for simply opening his mouth. If someone supports gay marriage or if they don't, who really cares?

 

Your a business putting yourself out there to make money and you don't need to show off to everyone thinking your bad just because your a liberal watch tower. It's ridiculous.

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I don't like Starbucks anyway, their products are way too overpriced. I rather make my own coffee at home. If I want frappucino, here are recipes online on how to do it. It is something we can do as long as we have a blender.

 

I remember how many liberal groups tried to sabotage chick'o'fillet because the company is anti-gay marriage. I think Christians needs to learn how to boycott companies too.

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I remember how many liberal groups tried to sabotage chick'o'fillet because the company is anti-gay marriage. I think Christians needs to learn how to boycott companies too.

No, we shouldn't imitate the methods used by unbelievers. We should keep in mind the ideas that companys promote in making our buying decisions but we shouldn't organize boycotts to prevent others from buying from them. It would be better to find and publicize companies that support morality.

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I would never drop nor lean from my values and faith for something so mediocre and uneventful as a cup of coffee, even though to be honest it's quite amazing but still, it's not worth it really.

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It's a big baffle when someone knows in his subconscious mind he is talking balderdash but pride and arrogancy won't allow them to own up. Starbucks CEO it will be more acceptable you do away with issues of gay and humbly face your business.

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