TATA Starbucks Achieves 100% Pay Equity, Approaches 30% Gender Diversity Milestone in India; Aims For 40% Gender Diversity By 2022

Female partner offers beverage to customer in India

Tata Starbucks creates opportunities for women through flexible employment programs as part of ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Achievement celebrates Tata Starbucks 7th anniversary in India, reaffirming commitment to growth and progressive impact for Indians

Today, Tata Starbucks Private Limited announced that women now make up 29 percent of its workforce, a key gender diversity milestone toward its goal to achieve 40 percent gender diversity by 2022. Tata Starbucks continues to promote opportunity for women within the company, boosting the share of female partners (employees) from 14 percent in FY14 to 29 percent in FY19, a figure that continues to grow.

In addition, Tata Starbucks announced it has achieved 100 percent pay equity for women and men, a landmark accomplishment that demonstrates Starbucks commitment to gender equality globally. Starbucks pay equity principles are based on equal footing, transparency, and accountability. Tata Starbucks continues to create opportunities for female partners through an ongoing series of initiatives focused on an inclusive and diverse workforce to drive business growth

“By investing in our partners and fostering diversity across our organization, Tata Starbucks is able to reflect the demographics of the communities we serve across India,” said Navin Gurnaney, ceo, Tata Starbucks Private Limited. “Diversity and inclusion are an integral part of our business that makes us a better organization.”

One of Tata Starbucks diversity initiatives in India, Brew of Balance, creates opportunities for women returning to the workforce from maternity leave. The program offers flexible employment options including a 5-day work schedule, childcare assistance, access to the Women Inclusion Network @ Starbucks platform, as well as family and sabbatical leave.

“This achievement is the result of years of work and commitment. We believe it is important, as a company of our scale, to help bring more attention to this critical issue for women in India,” said Naveen Kumar Nerlaje, head of Partner Resources. “Starbucks has consistently led our industry on issues like pay equity, but there is still even more we can do ensure women in India excel in the workplace. To achieve 40 percent gender diversity by 2022, we are focused on achieving equal representation at the hiring stage by ensuring a balanced slate of candidates.”

Tata Starbucks is recognized as one of the top 100 Best Companies to Work & top 75 Best Workplaces for Women in India by the Great Place to Work® Institute in 2019, and one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India by Working Mother and Avtar for three years running.

The announcement marks Tata Starbucks seventh anniversary in India. Since entering the market in 2012 as 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited, Tata Starbucks has expanded to operate 167 stores and employs more than 2,000 partners across India. As Tata Starbucks continues to grow, so does its commitment to be a positive force in contributing to the future success of Indians.

About Tata Starbucks Private Limited

Starbucks entered the Indian market in October 2012 through a 50/50 Joint Venture with Tata Global Beverages and currently operates 167 stores in India across Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Surat through a network of over 2,000 passionate partners (employees). Starbucks stores are operated by the joint venture, TATA Starbucks Private Limited, and branded as Starbucks Coffee - “A Tata Alliance.”

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