Starbucks has again affirmed its support for LGBTI communities by flying the rainbow flag from its headquarters in Seattle.
It is the fourth year in a row that it has raised the Pride flag for Pride month.
Seattle Pride is due to take place this Sunday (25 June), with the parade kicking off at 11am.
The company posted images to its social media yesterday.
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— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) June 19, 2017
In a statement, Anthony Esposito of the Starbucks Pride Alliance Network said, ‘The Pride flag raising at Starbucks has become a vibrant part of Pride Week for partners as well as for customers. It shows our commitment to inclusion and diversity that goes beyond LGBTQ, and how we will always be standing up for the person that needs to be stood up for.’
The coffee chains has consistently scored to the top mark of 100 in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. The index is a score card for Fortune 1000 companies in the US in relation to the LGBT-friendly policies, procedures and HR practices.
Starbucks was founded in 1971 in Seattle and has grown to become the most famous coffee store chain in the world. It operates over 25,000 outlets worldwide.
It has supported Pride festivals around the world, including London in 2016.
In 2015, it made headlines for offering training to its 2,000 staff in Seattle to ensure all local branches provided a safe space to LGBT escaping hate crime.
Last week, it announced that 25 cents from each of a limited range of its drinks were being donated to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. The foundation aims to empower youth and raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing.
The popstar took a turn behind the counter to help promote the initiative.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) June 12, 2017