Matthew Swaya, chief ethics and compliance officer, joined Starbucks in 1997. In his role, Matt sets the vision and direction for the ethics and compliance function, working with senior leaders and the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Directors to align on strategies that support the company’s Mission and Values and help manage legal compliance.
Starbucks Business Ethics and Compliance is comprised of partners (employees) across the globe working to promote ethical business practices and bolster Starbucks culture and values. Matt and his team develop and implement programs and initiatives such as risk assessments; enterprise policy development; compliance training; investigations; and consulting with leaders to help the company manage its legal and regulatory risk.
In addition to leading Starbucks Business Ethics and Compliance Team, Matt serves as the principal lawyer for Starbucks global labor and employment matters (litigation and counseling) and is the primary lawyer to the Partner Resources (human resources) Leadership Team. He is also a leader in Starbucks Law and Corporate Affairs department.
During his Starbucks tenure, Matt has also led the Employment Practice Group, the Litigation Practice Group responsible for non-employment litigation and the Commercial Practice Group, supporting the company’s major business transactions and contracts with suppliers, vendors and business partners.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Matt was a partner at Lane Powell, LLP in Seattle, Washington. Previously, he worked in house for both Pan American World Airways and Trans World Airlines. Matt earned his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Matt is an elected Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Class of 2009. He was recognized as the 2015 Distinguished Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer by the New York Stock Exchange Compliance Services. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association and the Advisory Board of the American Employment Law Council.
Matt grew up in New York City. He is a Starbucks Coffee Master whose favorite beverage is a tall Americano. Matt was a loyal customer long before he became a partner and is inspired by the caring culture and social consciousness of Starbucks.