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Investor Webinar: Workplace Rights and Starbucks
March 1, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
With unionization efforts at Starbucks and other US companies continuing into 2023, workplace rights have become an increasingly important topic of investor engagement.
A number of the companies where workers are seeking to organize, and face resistance, claim adherence to fundamental rights at work such as freedom of association and collective bargaining. Some companies that cite support for ILO core conventions in their workplace and human rights policies also actively campaign against the exercise of these rights.
Investors have responded by filing resolutions at a number of US companies that call on them to undertake an independent review of the application of their existing workplace rights policies. The first resolution of this type that will go to the vote in 2023 is at Starbucks on 23rd March.
This event will focus on the conflict between companies’ stated policies on workplace rights and practice on the ground, with a focus on Starbucks. It will explore the importance of non-interference by employers when employees are considering representation by a union. It will also hear from the filers of the resolution at Starbucks on their expectations of the company.
- Starbucks workers who have sought to unionise who will talk about their experiences of the company’s response to organising and to bargaining.
- Brad Lander, New York City Comptroller
- Jonas Kron, Chief Advocacy Officer, Trillium Asset Management
- Sarah Couturier-Tanoh, SHARE
- Tom Powdrill, PIRC
- Emily Sims, Senior Specialist, ILO