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Starbucks Southeast Asia to Employ Individuals with Autism

February 18, 2014

Last week, Starbucks Southeast Asia announced the opening of its 100th store in Singapore. The new location will give people with autism the opportunity for meaningful employment and new lifelong skills.

Starbucks has worked with the Autism Resource Center in Singapore for over 10 years. This partnership will allow them to provide an opportunity for individuals with autism to receive the necessary job training and support that will allow them to join the workforce and lead more independent lives. At the time of the store opening, six partners with autism have been hired to work at the store, with the goal to expand the relationship with the Autism Resource Centre in the coming years.

"Over our 43-year history, Starbucks has strived to be a different kind of company; one that balances benevolence with performance. The opening of 100th store in Singapore is a reflection of this ongoing commitment in collaboration with Singapore's Autism Resource Centre," said Jeff Hansberry, president, Starbucks China and Asia Pacific. "This store not only showcases coffee leadership, but also provides an opportunity for our partners to engage in a program which will be a positive force for change in the community it serves."