Community Service

We believe that being involved in our communities is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.

Year after year, our partners (employees) and customers inspire and amaze us with how they come together to make the world a better place.

Starbucks has created a variety of programmes to facilitate community service and giving. And we keep looking for innovative ways to do this, as we did in January 2009 when we saluted customers with a cup of brewed coffee for their pledge of five hours of community service.

Our Goal

We are encouraging Starbucks partners (employees) and customers to contribute more than one million hours of community service each year by 2015.

What We’ve Been Doing

The Starbucks Community Service Programme encourages volunteering by supporting projects that bring Starbucks partners and customers together to address issues that directly affect their communities. Launched in April 2010, this programme allows our partners to organise projects such as mentoring students at an after-school programme, improving hiking trails and conducting park clean-ups in conjunction with local non-profit organisations.

Starbucks will make Community Service Grants between US$1,000 and US$2,500 for completed projects that meet minimum criteria and demonstrate significant impact and engagement.

Partners, customers and non-profits in the US and Canada who previously engaged in their communities through Make Your Mark now participate in the Starbucks Community Service Programme.