Howard Schultz on Welfare & Poverty
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
Food waste is a national epidemic. Approximately 40 percent of food in the U.S. gets tossed out. It's is also an environmental issue: more than 97 percent of food waste ends up in landfills--33 million tons of food each year. Food waste is a pocketbook problem, a poverty, hunger, and health problem.
The equation that guided Starbucks--a commitment to balancing people and profits.
"Starbucks is here to stay in Rwanda," I stated. "We are deeply committed to Rwandan coffee and Rwanda. We are going to be buying Rwandan coffee for many years." It was our shared responsibility, Starbucks' and the farmers', to ensure both fairness and quality, which would increase the amount we were able to purchase, the price we could pay, and the profit the farmers could realize.
"She would like to make an income so she can buy a Friesian cow so she can get more milk for her family.
"What will a cow do, just so I understand?"
Friesians have enough milk for consumption and more milk to sell.
"We're going to try and get you a cow."
A single cow, I was later informed, costs $500.
A government official who was accompanying us said to me, "but there are so many others."
How much could one person, or for that matter one company, really do? I did not have an answer other than that doing nothing was unconscionable
Community giving is a policy to which we've been committed since we began in business. We do it because it's right and because it makes Starbucks partners proud to work here.
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