Starbucks is closing all company-owned stores for an afternoon for a racial-bias education day. So plan to stop by another coffee shop on May 29.
About 8,000 U.S. Starbucks locations will participate. The training program will “address implicit bias, promote inclusion and help prevent discrimination,” reports NBC.
Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement:
“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it. While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”
Howard Schultz, executive chairman for the brand, added:
“We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer.”