Starbucks Celebrates IWD With Multi-Year Malala Fund Sponsorship


Starbucks Malala Fund - International Women's Day 2018

This International Women’s Day, Starbucks has announced a partnership with Malala Fund in a global commitment to advance education and economic opportunities for 250,000 women and families.

The crisis: More than 130 million young women and girls around the world do not have the opportunity to go to primary or secondary school, representing a generation of young people with limited ability to access economic opportunities, create their own livelihoods, and become leaders in their communities.

In many rural, remote communities around the world, that challenge is made exponentially worse by poverty, conflict, and gender inequality.

Recognizing this global crisis – and the opportunity to drive long-term impact and social change – The Starbucks Foundation has announced a multi-year investment and partnership strategy aimed at empowering at least 250,000 women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities globally by 2025.

The Starbucks Foundation’s multi-year strategy will promote leadership and economic empowerment opportunities for women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities.

The partnership with Malala Fund will expand the organization’s Gulmakai Network of education champions in India and Latin America.

In celebration, Malala Yousafzai has curated an exclusive playlist for International Women’s Day that will be played in 10,000 Starbucks® stores across the U.S. and Canada on March 8.

“I want to thank Starbucks for believing in my dream of a world where girls can choose their own future,” she commented. “With their support, Malala Fund will help educators and activists in developing countries get more girls in school.”

“We believe women and families hold the key to long-term empowerment and social change,” said Virginia Tenpenny, executive director for The Starbucks Foundation and vice president, Global Social Impact at Starbucks.

“Looking ahead, we want to ensure our partnerships connect women with education and leadership opportunities needed to create healthy homes and sustainable livelihoods – for themselves, their families, and future generations. We are proud to join with Malala Fund to invest in young women so they may become leaders in their communities and achieve their dreams and aspirations.”

Find more details in the Starbucks press release, listen to Howard Schultz explain his purpose-driven mission for Starbucks and watch Malala on Netflix on Friday night as David Letterman’s latest one-on-one talk show guest.