Posted on October 15, 2020

Starbucks Pledges to Have 30 Percent of Corporate Employees Identify as a Minority by 2025

Marty Johnson, The Hill, October 14, 2020

Starbucks on Wednesday released an internal report of the diversity of its employees while setting a new goals for minority representation among its corporate operations.

Currently, the coffee giant’s workforce in the U.S. is nearly 70 percent women, with 47 percent of employees identifying as Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

However, the diversity of the workforce significantly declines among Starbucks’ corporate employees, just 3.7 percent of whom identified as Black and 7.4 percent identified as Latino.

The company announced that by 2025 it hopes to have 30 percent minority representation “at all corporate levels” and 40 percent “at all retail and manufacturing roles.”

“We know that a more inclusive environment will create a flywheel that leads to greater diversity, and thereby greater equity and opportunity for all,” CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.


One of the actions outlined by Johnson is a mentorship program that connects minority employees with senior executives at the company. Additionally, the upper echelon of Starbucks senior management — vice president or above — will be required to complete anti-bias training. The company’s workforce diversity reports will also continue.

Another initiative is an investment of $1.5 million for neighborhood grants as well as $5 million that will go to nonprofits that support minority youth.