SEATTLE, USA — In 2018, The Starbucks Foundation set a goal to empower 250,000 women and girls in coffee-, tea- and cocoa-growing communities by 2025. In 2022 they met this goal – three years ahead of schedule – thanks to partnerships with nonprofit organizations around the world.
Now, The Starbucks Foundation has set a new goal to positively impact 1 million women and girls in coffee-, tea- and cocoa-growing communities by 2030 as part of Starbucks people positive ambitions.
“To create a sustainable future of coffee, we must care for the well-being of the farmers and communities that grow coffee, tea and cocoa around the world,” said Michelle Burns, Starbucks executive vice president of Global Coffee Tea and Cocoa and board member of The Starbucks Foundation.
“While we continue to provide holistic support to all farmers, helping to improve their lives and livelihoods, we know that when we invest in women, we are also investing in her community.”
“Our longstanding and trusted partnership with The Starbucks Foundation has allowed us to lean into our respective expertise and truly collaborate around our shared vision to strengthen communities around the world,” said Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, CEO of Mercy Corps, one of The Starbucks Foundation’s grantees. “We are passionate about meeting the unique needs of women and girls globally and recognize the vast gender disparities between men and women.”
This progress includes more than 40 grants totaling $14 million from The Starbucks Foundation to nonprofit organizations since 2018. These grants promote women’s leadership, economic opportunities and access to clear water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in coffee-, tea- and cocoa-growing communities in 17 countries.