The following letter was sent to Todd Paglia, Executive Director of Stand.earth on Nov. 28, 2017.
Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer shared the following letter with all partners on September 11, 2017.
Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer and Lucy Helm, Starbucks chief partner officer, shared the following letter with all partners on September 6, 2017.
Starbucks has a long legacy of putting our partners (employees) first. We were among the first companies to offer comprehensive health benefits and equity to those who work just 20 hours or more a week– it’s why we are called partners.
As I've watched the devastation unfold from Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas and Louisiana, I've been overwhelmed by the scope of this unprecedented disaster but inspired by the response of our own partners and customers.
I write you today to remind you that, as Starbucks partners, you are in a position to bridge such differences and highlight our similarities.
On June 5, the Seattle City Council voted to pass a tax on sweetened beverages. The impact on many beverages, including ready to drink and handcrafted coffee and tea beverages will be finalized through the rule making process.
From our beginnings, Starbucks has always, and remains committed to, using our scale to positively impact the communities we serve around the world.