“Starbucks CEO: ‘If You Support Traditional Marriage DON’T Buy Our Coffee,'” says text over an image of Schultz shared January 26, 2023 on Twitter.
“This is false,” Starbucks told AFP in a statement emailed February 2.
The posts appear to misconstrue something Schultz — who led the company as CEO for many years — said during a 2013 shareholder meeting when analyst and investor Tom Stauber challenged the company’s position on same-sex marriage.
“Until January a year ago, we existed without making gay marriage a core value of our company,” Stauber said. “Hence we did quite well.”
Schultz, then CEO, replied: “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 happily employ over 200,000 people in this company and we want to embrace diversity of all kinds.”
He then invited Stauber to “sell your shares at Starbucks and buy shares in other companies.”
AFP has fact-checked other claims about Starbucks here.
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