Starbucks will increase diversity within its company by tying executive pay to diversity goals for the coffee giant.
The company did not specify how it will tie pay to diversity goals but Starbucks did establish a goal to raise the number of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within its ranks. Starbucks is shooting for 30% BIPOC employees by 2025. Currently less than 20% of Starbucks employees at the level of senior vice president or above are people of color.
The coffee chain also announced that it’s launching a mentorship program that will connect employees of color with senior leadership. In addition, anti-bias materials and training will be included in its hiring, development, and performance assessment processes.
Starbucks began changing its operations after a 2018 incident where an employee called the police on two Black men who were waiting for a friend to discuss a business venture. The incident led to a boycott Starbucks movement. A few days later, Starbucks’ Chief Executive Kevin R. Johnson apologized in a statement, calling the situation “reprehensible.”
Later in 2018, Starbucks closed thousands of locations across the country for anti-bias training. Last…