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News STARBUCKS ISSUE PRESS STATEMENT ABOUT BLACK GOLD: FILMMAKERS RESPOND January 16th, 2007 by admin The $6 billion coffee giant Starbucks accused the Black Gold filmmakers of “incompletely” representing the work of the company, as the critically-acclaimed film opened in Los Angeles on Friday 12th January (see LA Times Review) Black Gold is the first feature-length documentary to be made about the $80 billion global coffee industry. The company was so concerned by the impact of the film, that they posted a statement on their website urging customers to “feel good about drinking Starbucks coffee.” The company also defended the price it pays to coffee farmers stating that “in fiscal year 2005, we paid 23 percent above the coffee commodity price.” In response to the Starbucks statement, the filmmakers of Black Gold, Nick Francis and Marc Francis said: “We are surprised that Starbucks have gone out to discredit the film again. This is not a film specifically about Starbucks, it’s a film about the winners and losers in the global coffee industry and it shows the daily reality for millions of coffee farmers.” “We spent six months during the production trying to persuade Starbucks to participate in the film to give them the opportunity to explain how they buy their coffee and how they work in Ethiopia, but they declined our invitation.” “In a subsequent meeting with five senior Starbucks executives at their Seattle headquarters, we asked them to tell us the exact price they pay farmers for a pound of coffee - but they refused to disclose this.”
Tadesse is pleased about the growing success of his co-operative. He said, “Thanks to initiatives like Black Gold which continues to raise awareness and demand for good quality Ethiopian coffee we have been able to more than triple the amount of money we pay back to the farmers pockets. Two years ago we were selling our coffee at the Fairtrade minimum price of $1.45/lb. Today our coffee sells for a minimum of $2.30/lb, partly thanks to consumers asking their shops and cafes about how they can buy the coffee they saw in Black Gold”.
Tadesse also says he’s witnessing a slow change in the attitudes of the big coffee companies, “Coffee prices are still too low but the companies are slowly changing. They’ve started investing in social services for the farmers which is a good first step. But our hope is that they will pay us more so farmers can live decent lives from the fruit of their own labour. In Black Gold I said that we needed $10/lb – that’s still our aim”.
Originally posted by Longtimegone
The point of this post is not to argue whether it is right or not to kick out a smelly homeless man.
The point of this post is to discuss why an emplyee would include herself with the company (using the word "we") when it is NOT her career job.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
I used to work at a non-franchise coffee shop in a city. It was a constant struggle to keep the vagrants out. We were always busy as hell too and there'd be a whole couch taken up by three passed out drunk mental patients at 7AM.
They'd sleep there all day which wasnt a big deal as long as they didnt stink or we didnt need the seat but then sooner or later theyd get up and start panhandling in the shop or groping the female customers.
The first couple of months I worked there I would sympathize and make excuses but seeing the same crap day in and day out for a years wore me out. Then there was the constant panhandling going to and from work every single day. Vomiting drunk and passed out on the curb still reaching up for a handout.
Of course they'd never take any of the food I offered. They couldnt get high off of food.
Following this refusal, the labor rights coalition initiated a public communication campaign, including informational picketing at Starbucks stores, to pressure the company into adopting the proposed code.87 The U.S.-Guatemala Labor Education Project proceeded to draft a code of conduct that it offered for Starbucks' adoption as part of its campaign.88 By the end of 1994 the campaign was in high gear, with informational leafleting at Starbucks stores in major cities around the country.89 At this point the campaign took care not to call for a boycott, instead urging consumers to write to the company asking them to adopt a code of conduct for workers' rights on supplier plantations in Guatemala.90
By VERONICA LORRAINE and BRIAN FLYNN Published: 06 Oct 2008 STARBUCKS was blasted by environmental experts last night after The Sun discovered it pours millions of litres of precious water down the drain at its coffee shops. The giant coffee chain has a policy of keeping a tap running non-stop at all its 10,000 outlets worldwide, wasting 23.4 MILLION litres a day. That would provide enough daily water for the entire two million-strong population of drought-hit Namibia in Africa or fill an Olympic pool every 83 minutes. Every Starbucks branch has a cold tap behind the counter providing water for a sink called a "dipper well", used for washing spoons and utensils.
Staff are banned from turning the water off under bizarre health and safety rules - bosses claim a constant flow stops germs breeding in the taps.
Peter Robinson, of environmental charity Waste Watch, said: "Leaving taps running all day is a shocking waste of precious water. And to claim you are doing it for health and safety reasons is bonkers.
WHILE years of drought mean many Australians wouldn't consider leaving the tap running while they brush their teeth, the coffee shop chain Starbucks leaves a tap running all day in each of its 23 Australian stores.
A Starbucks barista from Brisbane, who asked not to be named, said staff members had complained to management about the tap being left running during high-level water restrictions. "We were told it was in the interest of health of safety," she said. "But I've worked in a lot of other cafes over the years and none of them left a tap running."