Emelie May, Leah Surall, Pamela Delancey, Star Joralemon
May 20, 2013
Ethics and Compliance of Starbucks
Starbucks opened its doors in 1971 in the Seattle historic Pike Place Market. It has gone from a narrow storefront Starbucks offering the world fresh roasted whole bean coffees. Howard Schultz went to Italy after trying some coffee at Starbucks and wanted to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition back to the United States. The mission of Starbucks is to inspire and nurture the human spirit one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time (Starbucks Corporation, 2012). Starbucks has grown to now 18,000 stores in 62 countries and has become the premier roaster and retailer of coffee in the world. The company has strived to purchase and roast high quality whole bean coffees and has become the beacon for all of coffee lovers everywhere. Starbucks company website states that it is their goal to “make a positive impact one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” Starbucks has committed to a good corporate citizen; using their scale for good to catalyze change “across entire industries so that Starbucks and everyone we touch can endure and thrive.” Starbucks 2012 Annual Global Responsibility report shows more than 9,400 company operated stores were open as of September 30, 2012. In the United Kingdom, 595 stores were open as of September 30, 2012. As a global corporate citizen, Starbucks is doing well in achieving their goals of ethically sourcing their coffee, getting the customers more involved in their communities and recycling; just a few of their global goals. However, as a billion dollar global corporation, Starbucks has found legal ways to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. In October 2012, an article published by Daniel Johnson of the Daily Mail, stating that Starbucks had managed to avoid paying taxes on $1.2 billion pounds in sales over the past three years. The...