Starbucks Closed for Anti Racial-bias Training
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – May 29, 2018
More than 8,000 company-owned Starbucks stores and offices across the USA are closed on May 29 for educating employees on race-bias. The company took action after Philadelphia incident, when two black men were arrested for trespassing.
Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive, shared in a note to all U.S. partners yesterday:
“Our hope is that these learning sessions and discussions will make a difference within and beyond our stores. After May 29, we will make the curriculum available to the public and share it with the regions as well as our licensed and business partners. Starbucks is a company built on nurturing the human spirit, and it’s on us to harness our scale and expertise to do right by the communities we serve. May 29 isn’t a solution, it's a first step. By educating ourselves on understanding bias and how it affects our lives and the lives of the people we encounter and serve, we renew our commitment to making the third place welcoming and safe for everyone.”