Starbucks Foundation Awards US$2 Million to Help Bring Clean Water to Communities around the World

    Ethos Water Funds Will Benefit India and Kenya; Company Will Host World
Water Day Events across the U.S. and Canada

    SEATTLE, March 15 /CNW/ - 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 (NASDAQ:  SBUX) today announced
two US$1 million grants that will each benefit water programs in India and

    For each bottle of Ethos(TM) 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.

    "By purchasing Ethos(TM) water, customers have been part of this
opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their
communities around the world who need access to clean water," said Jim Donald,
Starbucks president and ceo. "Starbucks hopes to help raise awareness and be a
significant collaborator in support of solutions to help alleviate the world
water crisis."

    Today's announced grants from the Ethos(TM) Water Fund of The Starbucks
Foundation include:

    --  India - 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.

    --  Kenya - Working through International Medical Corps, a US$1M grant
will help improve the overall health status of vulnerable communities in
Samburu through the provision of water, hygiene, and sanitation services -
this includes a targeted goal of reaching 45,000 beneficiaries.

    Also, on March 22 and 24, Starbucks will be inviting partners (employees)
and customers to take part in World Water Day activities and events in 26
cities in the U.S. and Canada. Participants across the country will recognize
this day by attending Walks for Water and World Water Day Film Screenings.
Walks for Water are intended to symbolize the difficult struggle that women
and children in developing countries undertake on a daily basis to obtain
drinking water for their families. In some cities there were will be film
screenings of "Running Dry" and "One Water" to help educate and inspire people
to learn more about the world water crisis.

    World Water Day events are free and open to the public and will take
place in Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Calgary; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago,
Columbus, Ga.; Dallas, Detroit, Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Indianapolis; Los
Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh,
N.C.; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; Toronto,
Vancouver, B.C.; and Washington, D.C. Event details as well as information
about World Water Day and the world water crisis are available online at

    World Water Day

    Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, World Water
Day is intended to call attention to the world water crisis, a plight that
affects nearly 20 percent of the world's total population(1) and is arguably
the largest global public health issue of our time. Experts estimate that a
child dies every 15 seconds from a water-related disease.(2) Because access to
clean water is a basic, daily necessity, getting water is one of the most
important and time-consuming responsibilities undertaken by millions of women
and children around the world. Forty billion working hours are spent carrying
water each year in Africa.(3) In addition, the world water crisis is a major
obstacle that inhibits progress on a wide range of other development issues
related to improving human welfare, such as poverty alleviation, health care,
education, and economic prosperity.

    Ethos Water

    Ethos water, part of Starbucks Corporation brand portfolio, is the
natural spring water that helps children around the world get clean water.
Ethos water was founded in March 2002 and acquired by Starbucks in April 2005.
For each bottle of Ethos(TM) water purchased in Starbucks U.S.
Company-operated stores, US$0.05 and CDN$0.10, is contributed to the Ethos
Water Fund of The Starbucks Foundation. These funds are contributed to
non-profit organizations that are helping to alleviate the world water crisis.

    Starbucks Foundation

    Starbucks Foundation has maintained a focus on improving young people's
lives by supporting literacy programs for children and families. To date, the
Foundation has provided over $12 million to more than 700 youth focused
organizations in the United States and Canada.

    About Starbucks

    Starbucks Coffee Company provides an uplifting experience that enriches
people's lives one moment, one human being, one extraordinary cup of coffee at
a time. To share in the experience, visit

    (1) "To Fetch a Pail of Water"

    (2) WaterAid

    (3) WaterPartners International

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For further information: Starbucks Coffee Company Anna Kim-Williams,

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