At Starbucks we aspire to be people-positive by enhancing the well-being of all who connect with Starbucks, from our partners (employees) to customers, coffee farmers and communities around the world.
Our purpose has always gone beyond the pursuit of profit and beyond making great coffee. We have a responsibility to care for people across the entire supply chain who make coffee possible – from bean to cup, farmer to customer.
“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.”
That’s why 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 we 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.
“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.
Read more about our commitment to women and girls here and see the list of The Starbucks Foundation’s recently awarded grants below
- COTE D’IVOIRE | CARE to empower 2,000 women in cocoa communities with economic opportunities, increasing their access to resources and markets and integrating gender, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.
- ETHIOPIA | Send a Cow to improve gender equity and leadership, food security, access to safe, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene and sustainable livelihoods for 7,100 women and girls in Sidama coffee communities.
- KENYA | Global Water Challenge to improve the health and economic status of 5,760 women in coffee and tea communities through increased access to WASH, income-generating activities and financial literacy and entrepreneurship training and resources.
- RWANDA | Send a Cow to support 8,900 women in coffee communities through improved leadership skills, food security, hygiene and sanitation, clean cooking and increased diversified income sources.
- TANZANIA | Global Water Challenge to promote economic empowerment opportunities and meet critical WASH and socio-economic needs for 5,400 women and girls in coffee and tea communities
- INDIA | UNICEF Ethical Tea Partnership to support health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene for women and girls in Assam’s tea communities.
- INDONESIA | Lutheran World Relief to empower 4,600 women in North Sumatra and improve the health, hygiene and living conditions of their households and communities.
- INDONESIA | Mercy Corps to build health and economic resilience of 3,700 women and girls in North Sumatra through health and WASH education and financial, business literacy and agripreneurship activities
- INDONESIA | Mercy Corps to build resilience for 2,000 women and coffee-growing families in West Java through improved economic opportunities, hygiene, health and women’s leadership.
- BRAZIL | Water.org to support 20,000 people in Bahia and Minas Gerais coffee communities with access to improved household water and/or sanitation solutions.
- COLOMBIA | Mercy Corps to support 400 women and their families in Nariño with access to clean water and solutions for household wastewater and solid waste management
- COLOMBIA | Mercy Corps to support 1,000 women in Cauca through household WASH infrastructure improvements as well as promote gender equality trainings at household and community levels.
- COSTA RICA | Bean Voyage to train 150 women coffee farmers with skills such as climate change adaptation and food security and foster women’s business development and leadership in rural communities.
- GUATEMALA | Mercy Corps to provide 1,500 women in coffee communities with access to saving and loan groups, small enterprise development, and improved sanitation and clean water
- GUATEMALA | Mercy Corps to promote sustainable income generation, gender equity and empowerment, and improved health and wellbeing, to reach 500 women.
- GUATEMALA | Wakami Foundation to provide 150 girls with safe space for personal and social growth where they develop life skills and better opportunities through Girls Clubs.
- GUATEMALA | World Central Kitchen to provide 250 households with training and behavior change interventions to allow long-term positive impact on their health and livelihoods.
- HONDURAS | Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung to support 900 women in coffee communities through increased awareness on household gender equality and economic opportunities, developed life skills and improved resource management and WASH practices.
- NICARAGUA | Partnership for Gender Equity to improve opportunities and economic potential of 2,500 women in coffee communities through capacity building and training for women, households and producer organizations.
- PERU | World Neighbors to improve health, resilience and livelihoods for 2,400 women in coffee communities with a focus on leadership training, access to finance and economic opportunity and improved access to WASH and nutrition.