Seattle, March 16, 2007 -- To commemorate World Water Day and raise awareness for the more than 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean drinking water, Starbucks Coffee Company has announced two US$1 million grants that will each benefit water programs in India and Kenya. For each bottle of Ethos™ water purchased in Starbucks U.S. Company-operated stores, US$0.05 is contributed to the Ethos Water Fund at the Starbucks Foundation. These funds support Starbucks goals of contributing at least US$10 million by 2010 to nonprofit organizations that are helping to alleviate the world water crisis.
"Starbucks hopes to help raise awareness and be a significant collaborator in support of solutions to help alleviate the world water crisis," said Jim Donald, Starbucks president and CEO.
Working through WaterAid, a US$1 million grant will help develop an integrated approach to water and sanitation-related health problems for an estimated 120,000 beneficiaries living in 80 rural villages and 40 urban slums in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, India.