A couple of months ago two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for just sitting down and waiting for a business partner to meet up with them, which sparked outrage not just in the States, but around the entire world.

Starbucks in the United States then announced that it would be closing all of its stores for an afternoon in order to provide staff with racial sensitivity training, and then a couple weeks later expanded that to Canada.

Well that day of closure is just next week. 

All of Starbucks’ stores across all of Canada will be closed for a few hours on Monday while the staff undergo racial sensitivity training.

At the time the original announcement was made Starbucks Canada said, “we will close all our company-operated stores and offices across Canada for a portion of the afternoon, for partners to participate in a training session designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome.” 

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“We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect,” the statement went on to say.

The training that staff will getting is meant to help to create a “culture of warmth and belonging.”

The statement added that “we must never be complacent in our desire to be inclusive and to live our Mission and Values in every community we serve.” 

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The company says that it's important that it's employees are supported in the role they play in creating a "culture of warmth and belonging every time.”

So don’t be shocked next time you go for your afternoon snack or coffee run next Monday to be met with a ‘closed’ sign at the door.  


Source: Toronto Star


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