Starbucks’s Schultz Opens His Mouth About the Government Shutdown
Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz has been touted as one of the generation’s greatest leaders, and he has especially earned praised for his willingness to speak and connect with consumers directly. It was just last month that the executive wrote an open letter to Starbucks customers, asking them to stop bringing their firearms into the company’s stores, and now Schultz is opening his mouth again.
This time, though, the issue does not involve gun rights — it’s the government shutdown.
According to Reuters, Schultz sent a letter to several business leaders on Monday, urging them to pressure U.S. political leaders to put an end to the now weeklong partial federal government shutdown. The note was published on the company’s website after Schultz sent it to business executives. It reads, in part: “This weekend I heard from several business leaders who shared their concern about our relative silence and impact in urging the political leadership to act on behalf of the citizenry. It is our responsibility to address the crisis of confidence that is needlessly being set in motion.”
Though the recipients of the letter weren’t named, the CEO has long been known for his outspokenness as well as his political agenda, so it isn’t a huge surprise that Schultz is now using his clout to call for an end to the shutdown. The gravity of the letter also evidences how everyone — not only the employees of the federal government and members of Congress — is deeply affected by the stalemate, and the CEO is now urging his compatriots to take a stand.