Skip to content

Starbucks Urged by NYC Pension Funds to Order Labor Rights Audit

  • Resolution would order a third-party review of company policy
  • NYC pension funds’ efforts joined by Trillium Asset Management
A Starbucks store in New York.
A Starbucks store in New York.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg

Updated on

A group of investors led by New York City’s pension funds filed a shareholder proposal calling for an audit of workers’ rights at Starbucks Corp., escalating scrutiny over the coffee chain’s response to a widening US union campaign.

The resolution urges Starbucks directors to commission and publicly release a third-party assessment of the company’s compliance with its stated commitments to honor workers’ collective bargaining rights. It cites allegations of lawbreaking by Starbucks management, including store closures and retaliatory anti-union firings, some of which are now being pursued by the US National Labor Relations Board.