Starbucks and their CEO, Howard Schultz, have been the target of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage for many years, but the company has stood strong for equality. NOM launched a pathetic and wholly-inffective boycott immediately after Schultz told a NOM employee at last year’s shareholders’ meeting he would continue to support diversity, equality, and same-sex marriage.
This year, another anti-gay activist with a history of creating boycotts for attention threatened a boycott to Schultz and Schultz had this awesome response:
“We did provide a 38 percent shareholder return. I would suspect not many companies provided a 38 percent return over the past twelve months. Having said that it’s not an economic decision. The lens we use to make decisions is the lens of our people. We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity.”
“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 in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”
Mr. Schultz, thank you very much, from the bottom of our hearts!
Video big hat-tip to Andy Towle, who found the video I spent over an hour on Friday searching for, but could not!
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