Starbucks Coffee Thailand donates $127,000 USD to farming communities in Northern Thailand

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Buying a beverage or a bag of coffee has special meaning at Starbucks Community Store in the Langsuan district of Bangkok.

Earlier this month, during festivities to celebrate the store’s third anniversary, Starbucks Coffee Thailand confirmed the donation of 4.5 million baht (approximately $127,000 USD) to farming communities in Northern Thailand through the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). This contribution is the result of the Community Store’s profit-sharing business model, where 10 baht from every Starbucks® beverage purchased and five percent from the sales of Muan Jai™ Blend coffee are donated to support the needs of the local community.

In 2015, contributions from the store funded two learning centers in Chiang Mai, Thailand that provide education to more than 120 students from kindergarten through third grade and expect to expand to sixth grade in the near future.

“The Community Store at Langsuan reflects our commitment to creating positive changes in our community, and sustaining local coffee and farming communities,” said Murray Darling, managing director, Starbucks Coffee Thailand. “While customers may have never visited a coffee farming community in Northern Thailand, I am proud that our store has enabled them to contribute to the lives of those who live in these communities.”

Starbucks Coffee Thailand has a history of supporting ITDP, a non-governmental organization based in Chiang Mai that works to end poverty in local hill tribe villages.

“Over the past 15 years, Starbucks has worked closely with us to build a future for our coffee farmers and the coffee farming community,” said Michael R. Mann, Program Director of ITDP. “Together, using a holistic approach, we have developed a water supply infrastructure, a health center and learning centers where community members can discover more about agriculture, mechanics, and communication skills.”

“We will continue to support ITDP to ensure that the quality of life for coffee farmers, their families and their communities are consistently improved and sustained,” said Darling.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

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Starbucks Coffee Thailand donates $127,000 USD to farming communities in Northern Thailand

Starbucks Coffee Thailand donates $127,000 USD to farming communities in Northern Thailand

Thailand: Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project

Thailand, 2015-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Starbucks Thailand partners (employees) set out to volunteer at a local school, they had no idea the impact they would make throughout the community.

Recently, Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project in partnership with the Books for Children Foundation. The event took place at the Bumrung-Raviwan Wittaya School, which promotes healthy food and living, grows vegetables for school and home meals, and sells leftover crops to student families. Combined, 330 volunteer hours impacted nearly 5,000 students and their families, along with others in the community.

“At Starbucks, our long-term commitment is to make a positive and sustainable change in the areas of environment, society and economy,” said Murray Darling, managing director of Starbucks Coffee Thailand. “The community event allowed us to reaffirm the company’s long-term commitment to local communities.”

For part of the day, students practiced project planning, leadership and communications skills during a food sustainability project. Students and volunteers built nursery shelves for vegetables, created an organic shade plot for crops and repaired the pier for a small fish farm.

The majority of the community project focused on skills development through an English conversation class. Starbucks Thailand partners helped students hone their English-speaking skills through songs and word games.

Starbucks volunteers also read stories to a kindergarten class with Ruangsakdi Pinprateep, managing director of the Books for Children Foundation and author of “Ping Pong, Will You Come with the Bear.” This children’s book was funded by a portion of sales from Starbucks Thailand Barista Bears.

“It was such an honor for Starbucks to join us in service,” said Naiyana Aua-amnueychai, director of Bumrung-Raviwan Wittaya School. “We place a great deal of emphasis on English skills development and food sustainability at our school and Starbucks volunteers helped our teachers and students in these areas. We are pleased that Starbucks and our school share the same goal to contribute back to our society.”

Starbucks Thailand has collaborated with Books for Children since 2005. Together, they have collected more than 400,000 books through an annual Christmas book drive and completed a library renovation at Silapadech community. In addition, they completed the Bookstart for Intellectual Disability Children’s Project at Rajanukul Institute and renovated the Wat Kla Cha-um School library and playground.

“By working with Books for Children for the past 10 years, we have delivered educational opportunities to both public and private organizations nationwide,” said Sumonpin Jotikabukkana, marketing and communications director of Starbucks Coffee Thailand. “We realize that literacy is an essential element for children’s development and we aim to do our best to continue to promote and support these areas for Thai children in every sector of the society.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Thailand: Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project

Thailand: Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project