Starbucks Opened Two Entirely Female-Led Stores in India
As part of an ongoing effort to “grow the representation of women in the workforce,” a Starbucks subsidiary in India has opened two stores that are operated entirely by women.
Tata Starbucks, a joint venture company run by Tata Consumer Products and Starbucks Corporation that owns and operates Starbucks stores in India, announced their all female-led stores last month. The stores are located in Shivaji Stadium in Delhi and Commerz II in Mumbai.
“Tata Starbucks remains focused on creating and strengthening opportunities for women and fostering diversity across our organization,” said Navin Gurnaney, CEO of Tata Starbucks Private Limited in a news press release. “We are proud to open these all-women stores that will increase our commitment to diversity and inclusion in India and empower our female partners in new and meaningful ways.”
The move to open women-led stores comes on the heels of Starbucks and Tata Starbucks achieving 100 percent gender pay equity in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Tata Starbucks also has a diversity initiative, Brew of Balance, that aims to create “opportunities for women returning to the workforce from maternity leave, career break, offers more flexibility, including a five-day work schedule, childcare assistance, access to the Women Inclusion Network @ Starbucks platform, as well as family and sabbatical leave.”
While Starbucks and its partners around the globe continue to make strides in pay parity, the wage gap for women is still very much a problem elsewhere. As per data from the US Census Bureau in 2018, the average full-time, year-round female worker made just 81.6 cents for every dollar her male counterpart made. The data also gleaned that the average annual earnings for women were a whopping $9,766 less than men's.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research estimates that pay parity for women and men won’t be achieved until 2059, but it’s still hugely important for global companies like Starbucks to take initiative and make efforts to expedite that process.