Statement from Starbucks: our commitment to the UK

We pay all our taxes in the UK.

We have turned our business around, and are now profitable, and have been for two years.

We moved our European headquarters to London in 2014 and we now pay tax including £18m corporation tax last year. 

We employ over 14,000 people in UK and all of them are paid at least the Living Wage, including our apprentices, who are paid the same as our baristas.

Over 1,000 apprentices have joined our scheme since its launch in 2012, with many progressing in the business even to running their own stores. We have committed to another 1,000 apprenticeships and announced higher level apprenticeships as well as professional qualifications so our partners can study to degree level, earning while they learn in disciplines such as management, digital and IT as well as in retail operations.

At the same time, we introduced the opportunity to improve literacy, numeracy and language skills to support progression and employability for our partners.

To assist our employees, particularly younger partners (half of our workforce is aged under 25 years old) with the costs of housing, we launched our Tenancy Deposit Loan in April 2016. This offers Starbucks partners (employees) a loan to cover their rental deposit. The Home Sweet Loan Scheme was designed by Shelter and we believe we are the first private business to offer this to our employees.

Our ‘Headstart with Starbucks’ and ‘Starbucks Youth Action’ programmes run in partnership with charities The Challenge and UK Youth, have for several years supported thousands of under-25 year-olds to get community projects or volunteering efforts off the ground, at the same time improving their skills and prospects for employment including into real jobs at Starbucks.

By working with local communities via local charity partners, we believe we can create more tangible, sustainable improvements. In the past year, we have supported more than 250 charities across the UK providing funding, time and skills, and of course coffee and refreshments, to help the delivery of their services to local people.

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