At a Glance: Socially Responsible Business

Starbucks Corp.

The organization stresses the community involvement of its employees through service programs that bring people together and foster positive change: youth support (in fiscal 2009, the company made 71 grants totaling $2.1 million to organizations supporting young people, including the International Youth Foundation and Youth Venture); selling (STARBUCKS)RED products, for which the company makes a contribution to the Global Fund to help people living with HIV in Africa; an Ethos(R)™ Water program, in which every bottle sold in the United States directs 5 cents to the Ethos(R) Water Fund to help finance sustainable water programs around the world (more than $6 million to date); and ethical sourcing, diversity, environmental, and wellness initiatives to address these important issues.

Half Price Books Records Magazines

Half Price Books’ community outreach programs include encouraging employees and customers to become literacy volunteers through its A, E, I, O & YOU Program (as part of the program, Half Price Books offers a free instructional video featuring literacy volunteers and students); an annual Half Pint Library program that has provided more than 2 million books and created hundreds of Half Pint Libraries across the country (in many cases, children are receiving their first book through the program); serving as founder of the environmental website, created to “help spread the knowledge about how each individual can help impact the health of our environment through everyday choices”; and a 10 percent discount card program to help teachers and librarians stretch their dollars.


Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

Social responsibility is built into the way Chipotle runs the company, influencing the ingredients used and how its food is prepared, how its restaurants are designed and constructed, and how it hires and retains. Beyond sponsoring local programs in the communities it serves, Chipotle also pioneered a "No Junk" campaign where it donates $10,000 to The Lunch Box, which will help give about 32 million schoolchildren at 100,000 schools nationwide access to 100 school-tested, junk-free recipes created by Chef Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady, for every 100,000 junk emails forwarded to the company ([email protected]).

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