The National Diversity Council Stands With Starbucks

Apr 19, 2018 12:30 PM ET
Press Release

HOUSTON, April 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The National Diversity Council (NDC) is proud to support Starbucks in their efforts to educate employees on racial tolerance after two black men were arrested last week in one of their Philadelphia stores.

“I commend Starbucks’ chief executive, Kevin Johnson, for taking action by closing thousands of retail stores to educate and promote conscious inclusion and prevent racial-bias. Unconscious bias is a societal issue that must be faced head on. It takes great fortitude to proactively handle an issue such as race in the workplace,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council.

The National Diversity Council advocates for diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace and recognizes organizations that are committed to ensuring all races, genders,orientations and ability have an equal voice in the marketplace. The vision of the National Diversity Council is to cultivate a nationwide network of affiliated councils to advance workplaces and communities into inclusive environments where individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential.

“We applaud Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, for closing more than 8,000 U.S. stores to provide unconscious-bias training to employees,” said Angeles Valenciano, CEO at the National Diversity Council. “It takes this level of leadership commitment and courage to identify organizational issues and create conditions to change organizational culture.”  

After 10 years of fostering learning environments for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity, the NDC delights in organizations such as Starbucks that take the initiative to educate their employees on unconscious bias in order to prevent racial discrimination in their retail stores.

About the National Diversity Council
A non-profit organization committed to be both a resource and an advocate for the value of diversity and inclusion. The NDC serves as the umbrella organization to support our statewide regional affiliates, foster an understanding of diversity and inclusion as a dynamic strategy for business success and community well-being through various initiatives.

More information about the National Diversity Council is available at:nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Nelson
Communications Specialist
National Diversity Council
jasmine.nelson@nationaldiversitycouncil.org