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Starbucks Manufacturing Diversity Slips Despite 2025 Push

  • Coffee giant posted overall workforce gains in gender and race
  • Spending with underrepresented suppliers to double by 2030
    

    

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Starbucks Corp. will focus on improving the promotion and hiring of people of color for top roles at its manufacturing operations this year after diversity slipped there, pushing to build on incremental improvements in racial and gender diversity overall last year as it tries to meet aggressive 2025 goals.

The coffee retailer promised in 2020 that by 2025, at least 30% of those in all corporate jobs and at least 40% of those in all retail and manufacturing roles would be Black, indigenous or other people of color. It had met about a third of those goals through October of last year. People of color rose to 48% of the workforce in 2021 from 47% in October 2020, Starbucks said in a statement Tuesday.