Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said that the coffee chain is focused on the safety of its baristas after Hong Kong protestors targeted its cafes.
“We’re in 81 markets around the world, and we deal with geopolitical issues all the time, but my focus and my priority is really focusing on the safety and security of our partners,” Johnson said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Friday.
“Partners” is what Starbucks calls its employees.
Starbucks locations in Hong Kong are operated by the Maxim Group, one of the city’s largest catering groups. Pro-democracy activists targeted Starbucks cafes after Annie Wu, the daughter of Maxim’s founder, described protestors as “rioters” who do not represent Hong…