Starbucks will be closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the afternoon on May 29th for racial-bias education. The training is meant to prevent discrimination to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome. This stems from the arrests of two black men at a Philadelphia store that sparked nationwide backlash.
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Starbucks is planning to follow up on its CEO’s promise to implement “unconscious bias” training by closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the U.S. on May 29 to conduct “racial bias training,” per a Starbucks news release.
“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,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson in the statement.
“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.”