April 11, 2016
“Starbucks’ commitment to donate leftover food to charity deserves praise” is an article written by David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times on March 29, 2016. Lazarus dishes out praise to Starbucks for being one of the first large corporations to commit to going ‘zero-waste’ this year. By going ‘zero-waste’, Starbucks will be donating leftover food to different food banks, shelters, etc. across the country. Starbucks that this year alone, 5 million meals will be donated to these different organizations across Starbucks 7,600 outlets. Within the next 5 years, 50 million meals will be donated. By committing to going zero-waste, Starbucks is demonstrating that donating leftover food, especially within these larger corporations, is not insurmountable or a legal liability. In fact, there is a law stating that donated food cannot be legal liable under certain circumstances. With 48 million people hungry and 35 million tons of food thrown away per year in the U.S., Starbucks is starting a movement within the U.S. that will further help the hungry and add to their personal image. This article relates to our class as it personally demonstrates the commitment to social justice of such a large company. Starbucks is helping out millions of hungry Americans per year with their commitment to leftover food, which adds to their corporate social responsibility and further increases their positive image as a member of the community. I look forward to seeing what Starbucks does as part of this commitment and what other businesses soon follow.
Link to article: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20160329-column.html