Starbucks has released an official internal memo seeking to stop employees from wearing accessories or clothes that portrays messages in support of the Black Lives Matter.
According to details of the memo, staffers were reminded that such messages are prohibited under the Company’s policy against accessories that ‘’advocates a political’’, religious or personal issue.’’
A video from a top company executive reportedly sent with the memo warned employees that “agitators who misconstrue the fundamental principles” of the movement could seek to “amplify divisiveness” if the messages are displayed in stores.
“We know your intent is genuine and understand how personal this is for so many of us. This is important and we hear you,” the memo read.
The company’s spokesperson said that such messages are prohibited “to create a safe and welcoming” environment at Starbucks locations.
“We respect all of our partners’ opinions and beliefs, and encourage them to bring their whole selves to work while adhering to our dress code policy,” the spokesperson said.