Starbucks Social Impact

We have always believed Starbucks can – and should – have a positive social impact on the communities we serve. One person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.

From the neighborhoods where our stores are located to those where our coffee is grown, we are committed to creating and investing in opportunities for people from all walks of life.

Bringing people together, helping provide employment opportunities and making a difference in people's lives – it's all part of being a good neighbor and a sustainable company. Starbucks, even as a public company, has always believed that we can balance profitability and a social conscience.

It is our vision that we will help inspire our partners (employees), customers, suppliers and neighbors to create positive change. To be innovators, leaders and contributors to an inclusive society and a healthy environment so that Starbucks and everyone we touch can endure and thrive.

A special give-back store: Starbucks The Fullerton Waterboat House

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In February 2014, Starbucks opened its 100th store to highlight Singapore’s deep history and heritage and it also became the first store in Singapore to collaborate with the Autism Resource Centre’s (Singapore) Employability and Employment Centre.

Through this collaboration, the store has hired partners from the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) as part of a long-term commitment to work with ARC to train people with autism and equip them with necessary skills for purposeful employment.

Starbucks Singapore has supported the ARC organization and its focus on autism through various programs since 2005, including the setting up of a café training facility for youth with autism in Pathlight School, a unit of ARC.

As part of this collaboration, two special Starbucks® tumblers designed by a student at Pathlight School will be sold exclusively at the Starbucks® 100th store with $5 from the sales of each tumbler going to fund the ARC’s efforts. Starbucks will continue to work closely with ARC to identify potential candidates to join the company as well as other ways to support ARC, with the goal to expand the program and strengthen the collaboration between Starbucks Singapore and the Autism Resource Centre in the coming years.

An Exclusive Collaboration
STARBUCKS® x The Art Faculty
Café Motif by Irfan and Kai Herng

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The Art Faculty celebrates the abilities of people with autism and related challenges. In 2019, Starbucks launched an exclusive collaboration that showcased the designs of artists from The Art Faculty. Artists earn royalties when you buy an item from this collaboration. $5 from the sale of this item will also be donated to support Autism Resource Centre (ARC). This way, they learn the value of work and financial independence.

Learn more about The Art Faculty herehere and here

Starbucks Christmas Open House

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For 15 years running, Starbucks has held yearly Christmas Open House events across stores islandwide. Donations are collected in stores over a 2-hour period and 100% of the money collected go directly to helping those in need under the beneficiaries of The Salvation Army. 

In 2018, we raised a total of $82,689.52– our highest amount yet. This money came from both donations that were made directly to the red kettles as well as from the sale of our Christmas beverages.

The Salvation Army’s work has benefitted many in Singapore and we’re proud to continue to contribute to this meaningful cause and cherished tradition, while giving back to the community the way we know best, with our passionate partners, and inspiring our customers to do good with us.