Starbucks calls anti-bias training part of ‘long-term journey’

admin   •   May 24, 2018   •   3200

Protesters marching down Market Street are seen reflected in a Starbucks storefront in Philadelphia, a week after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks coffee shop, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Starbucks Corp on Wednesday (May 23) revealed details of the employee anti-bias training program that will take place behind closed doors at 8,000 U.S. company-owned cafes on the afternoon of May 29.

Starbucks announced plans to shutter stores and corporate offices to train 175,000 employees after the controversial April 12 arrests of two black men, who were detained for hours after the manager of a Philadelphia Starbucks called police because they had not made purchases and refused to leave.

The arrests of Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, who were waiting to meet a friend, sparked protests and calls for a boycott of the coffee chain known for its diverse workforce and liberal stances on issues such as gay marriage.

Starbucks said the first training on May 29 “will serve as a step in a long-term journey to make Starbucks even more welcoming and safe for all.”

It will include videos featuring Starbucks executives such as Chief Executive Kevin Johnson, Executive Chairman and co-founder Howard Schultz, board member Mellody Hobson, hip hop artist Common, store managers and experts from the Perception Institute. Employees also will view a film called “You’re Welcome” by Stanley Nelson and participate in discussion and problem-solving sessions on identifying and avoiding bias in everyday situations. — Reuters

Big companies boycott Facebook

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2020

A long list of U.S. companies have pulled advertising from Facebook in support of a campaign that called out the social media giant for not doing enough to stop hate speech on its platforms.

Ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, consumer conglomerate Unilever, and coffee chain Starbucks have nixed ads on the social media network.

And PepsiCo will do so as well, FOX Business News reported citing sources on Sunday (June 28).

The halt on PepsiCo’s advertising will run through July and August, the report said.

PepsiCo did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Annually, Facebook generates $70 billion in advertising sales and about a quarter of it comes from big companies such as Unilever with the vast majority of its revenue derived from small businesses.

But the publicity around its hate speech policies have hurt its perception and stock.

On Friday (June 26), Facebook’s 8.3% decline in stock price wiped out $56 billion in market capitalization.

Responding to demands for more action, Facebook on Sunday acknowledged it has more work to do and is teaming up with civil rights groups and experts to develop more tools to fight hate speech.

Facebook said its investments in artificial intelligence have allowed it to find 90% of hate speech before users report it.

The boycott has accelerated to include other digital advertising platforms, such as Twitter. REUTERS

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Starbucks PH, J.CO Donuts pause operations in Luzon stores

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2020

Starbucks Philippines and J.CO Donuts & Coffee have announced the “temporary pause” of their operations in Luzon due to the implemented enhanced community quarantine.

Starbucks clarified their operations will continue in Visayas and Mindanao.

J.CO Donuts & Coffee also paused their operations in Luzon while their operations in Visayas and Mindanao will continue but with adjusted store hours.

“Please be informed that store operations in Metro Manila and Luzon are temporarily paused. Kindly see our Visayas and Mindanao Schedules for your reference. As always, be safe and healthy!” their post reads.

Meanwhile, 7-Eleven Philippines will implement precautionary measures to ensure the safety of their customers and employees.

Nestle to sell first Starbucks coffee under $7.15 bln deal

admin   •   February 14, 2019

Starbucks labelled coffee products in Vevey, Switzerland | Reuters

 Nestle will sell Starbucks-branded coffee at grocery stores and online in Europe, Asia and Latin America from this month as it seeks to increase its lead over rivals such as JAB.

After last year’s $7.15 billion cash deal for exclusive rights to sell the U.S. chain’s coffees and teas, Nestle will start selling Starbucks labelled coffee beans, roast and ground coffee and single-serve capsules for its Nespresso and Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee makers.

These will be available at grocery stores and online in 14 markets, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain and Britain, with more markets following later this year, the world’s biggest food group said on Wednesday.

Nestle is due to publish its full-year results on Thursday. — Reuters

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