SEATTLE — In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, Starbucks Coffee Company and Starbucks Coffee Japan on March 15 committed support and funding to the relief effort in partnership with the American Red Cross and Japan Red Cross.
The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks Coffee Japan will contribute ¥100 million (approximately $1.2 million) to aid immediate humanitarian and relief efforts.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation following the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” said Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Starbucks’ 15-year history in Japan has been built on a tradition of bringing together people in communities where we do business. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and many others impacted by this natural disaster.”
“We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to respond to the crisis,” said John Culver, president of Starbucks Coffee International. “Our hearts go out to people across Japan, including our partners (employees) who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy.”
“We want to thank all of our partners (employees) throughout Japan for the support they are providing each other during this very difficult and tragic time,” said Yuji Tsunoda, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Japan. “We are committed to providing the necessary resources and support to help our partners as they work through the challenges in the days and weeks ahead.”
Additionally, Starbucks employees can contribute directly to the Red Cross or other emergency relief organizations and Starbucks will match those donations.
Customers can donate to support relief efforts in Japan through their local participating Starbucks stores in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Germany and France, with 100 percent of the donated amount going directly to the Red Cross.
“We are currently working toward implementing in-store customer donations in several other international markets over the coming days,” said a Starbucks spokesperson.