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.
Our full benefits package, which is always evolving based on ongoing conversations we have with partners, is reflective of our mission and commitment to be a different kind of company and put our people first, recognizing the different benefits needs that our partners have.
I am writing in recognition of your work to support “Dreamers”, including those young men and women who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They represent the values of hard work, patriotism and hope that define America. At Starbucks, we are proud to call them our partners.
Working with leading national employers (including Starbucks), nonprofit organizations, and government officials, BPC is announcing an effort to encourage employees to register, to vote, and to work as volunteers at polling places.
Our 300,000 partners around the globe have diverse views about a wide range of topics. Regardless of that spectrum of beliefs, Starbucks has been and remains a non-political organization. We do not support any political or religious cause. Learn more about Starbucks in the Middle East.
Read the letter from Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo, to America's business leaders asking them to continue discussing ways to foster a culture of responsible self-government.