Addressing Racism at Starbucks


Tackling implicit bias is a critical step for any institution working to combat racism. To root out bias, Starbucks must be explicit about race. They must also explore and address how racism plays out across the company--from the customer experience to who gets promoted to the demographics of their executive leadership.

At Race Forward, we know from working with institutions day in and day out that this work is complex. No single intervention is ever enough in a company this big, but we’re encouraged that Starbucks is taking this step. There is a growing movement of institutions in this country that are committed over the long-term to advance solutions that combat racism. Starbucks, hand-in-hand with their employers and customers, has the opportunity to join this movement.

- Glenn Harris

   President, Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation 


Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation united with Center for Social Inclusion in 2017 to become the new Race Forward.

Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Founded in 2002, CSI catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all.

The new Race Forward is home to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.