Howard Schultz on Free Trade
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
HOWARD SCHULTZ: Well, let me tell you an example. I was in East Liverpool, Ohio, right outside of Pittsburgh. We saw an old factory that has been out of work for over ten years. A pottery factory. We went to that factory. Starbucks gave them an order, and we started employing people and we started that factory. Businesses across the country need to recognize we need to bring manufacturing back to America. And these rural towns cannot be left behind.
Q: Do you think it should be a priority of companies to decide, even if it's not the best for the bottom line, to rebuild rural America?
SCHULTZ: The rules of engagement for a public company today have changed dramatically. It's not only about the bottom line. There has to be a balance between profitability and doing everything we can to get the country moving again.
As part of our long-term strategy to be locally relevant on many fronts, Starbucks will soon open its first research and development center in China, and--in partnership with the Chinese government and working closely with universities--we have already begun to grow coffee in the country's beautiful Yunnan province.
We stopped short of threatening to impose penalties on Guatemalan plantations that didn't live up to our standards because of the practical difficulty of enforcing those standards. Our aim was to do our part in ways for which w could be held accountable.
As far as I know, no American company importing agricultural products has ever attempted a code of conduct for foreign suppliers. But after we announced our framework, some still criticized us for failing to put teeth in it.
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