Star­bucks reaches agree­ment with ar­rested black pa­trons

South Florida Times - - NATION -

PHILADEL­PHIA- (BUSI­NESS WIRE)--After con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tions, Donte Robin­son, Rashon Nel­son and Kevin John­son, CEO of Star­bucks Cof­fee Com­pany (NAS­DAQ: SBUX) reached an agree­ment ear­lier this week.

The agree­ment be­tween the par­ties stem­ming from the events in Philadel­phia on April 12 will in­clude a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment as well as con­tin­ued lis­ten­ing and dia­logue be­tween the par­ties and spe­cific ac­tion and op­por­tu­nity.

The two men agreed to take $1 each from the city of Philadel­phia as part of their per­sonal set­tle­ment, said city spokesman Mike Dunn.

They have also pledged to sup­port and en­cour­age young en­trepreneurs with $200,000 as part of the set­tle­ment, ac­cord­ing to CNN. In a joint ef­fort with a lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and the city, the funds will be used to es­tab­lish “a pilot cur­ricu­lum for pub­lic high school stu­dents to de­velop the skills nec­es­sary to pur­sue their dreans of be­ing en­trepreneurs,” said Dunn. “I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their will­ing­ness to rec­on­cile,” said Kevin John­son, CEO Star­bucks. “I wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to be­gin a re­la­tion­ship with them to share learn­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences. And Star­bucks will con­tinue to take ac­tions that stem from this in­ci­dent to re­pair and reaf­firm our val­ues and vi­sion for the kind of com­pany we want to be.”

Star­bucks an­nounced last week that the racially-charged in­ci­dent in which Robin­son and Nel­son did not re­sult in a drop in sales.

“We are not see­ing an im­pact on sales as a re­sult of Philadel­phia,” sais John­son in an in­ter­view with Money­watch.

The com­pany still plans to close all of its 8,200 U.S. stores for all man­agers and em­ploy­ees to take ra­cial bias train­ing.

For­mer US At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder is head­ing up the ef­forts to as­sist Star­bucks in its ef­forts to em­pha­sis di­ver­sity as part of its cor­po­rate iden­tity.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF NORTH COUN­TRY PUB­LIC RA­DIO AND STOCK PHOTO

Rashon Nel­son (left) and Donte Robin­son say they hope their ar­rest at a Philadel­phia Star­bucks one week ago helps elicit change and doesn't hap­pen to any­one else. A video of their ar­rest, viewed 11 mil­lion times, has sparked out­rage and protest.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JANIAH ADAMS

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