In an interview with Jim Cramer at CNBC's 25th Anniversary Gala, Schultz commented on where he sees the future of the U.S. headed, now that election day is over.
"At the elections, we saw that half the country did not vote … I've reached the point where I don't want to blame government anymore, and I don't want to rely on them. I think business has a significant role here to play to reinvent the role and responsibility of a public company. To demonstrate that you can make a profit, you can give back to your community and you can carry your people in a major way," Schultz said.
The Starbucks CEO has demonstrated his passion for giving back. Earlier in the year, he announced Starbucks' plans to hire at least 10,000 veterans and active military spouses over the next five years.
"I think we should demonstrate people who are entering civilian life from the military have extraordinary skills; leadership skills, integrity, unbelievable assets that we can apply to business. It's not charity, it's not pity; we just need to hire them," Schultz said.
Schultz displayed his own work ethic and leadership capabilities, when he took something as simple as a cup of coffee and turned it into a national pastime.