Racial Equity

We are committed to promoting racial equity and justice, and we know this work begins with ourselves first. Living Our Mission and Values, we have been listening, reflecting and acting on this for years—we continue to be accountable, learning every single day. And while we have made progress forward, the truth is we know that there is much more to do. We will not be bystanders.

Stand together with us to help create a more just, inclusive world.

Tools and Resources

In everything we do in this work we strive to be grounded in transparency, accountability and taking meaningful action. Explore the tools, classes, articles, films and more, open source and available to everyone.

  • Milestones: Starbucks efforts to support racial equity and justice
  • Starbucks Civil Rights Assessment
  • To Be Welcoming curriculum
  • Starbucks anti-bias training
  • How Starbucks is addressing the pay gap
  • Civic engagement

Milestones: Starbucks efforts to support racial equity and justice

We created a timeline to share key milestones marking our commitment to racial equity and justice from our earliest days.

Starbucks civil rights assessment

In 2018 we asked former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder Jr. to conduct an assessment of Starbucks commitment to civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion. Released in 2019, and updated in 2020, the Civil Rights Assessment now serves as our blueprint for progress toward creating tangible and lasting change within our culture and workforce, the communities we serve, and as citizens.

To Be Welcoming curriculum

Starbucks partnered with Arizona State University and 50 subject matter and academic experts to create the To Be Welcoming curriculum: 15 courses that address implicit bias through understanding the human experience and meaningful conversations.

Starbucks anti-bias training

Following an incident in a Philadelphia Starbucks store that led to the arrest of two African American men, Starbucks closed every store in the United States on May 29, 2018 so that more than 175,000 Starbucks partners could come together for a conversation and learning session on racial bias. The training is open source and available to everyone.

How Starbucks is addressing the pay gap

Starbucks is committed to 100 percent gender and racial pay equity. Learn about the tools and best practices Starbucks uses to close the gap.

Our Mission:
“To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”


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