In an effort to create a more inclusive workforce, Starbucks has officially opened up a Starbucks in Mexico City ran entirely by Senior Citizens.
There are seven senior employees that are between the age of 55 and 66. Younger staff members are training the elderly employees. Each senior works about 6.5 hours each shift and are guaranteed two days off each week. Yahoo reports the employees will receive some medical benefits including health insurance for major medical expenses.
“It took us two years to land the best scheme to contribute to the elderly community in Mexico, opening the doors of our stores to senior baristas was not a goal, it was an act of congruence with the inclusion philosophy of Starbucks,” said Christian Gurría, CEO of Starbucks Mexico to Reuters.
By creating this location ran by senior citizens, it not only gives job opportunities to the elderly, but it gives young people a chance to interact with an older population.
“I’m very happy and grateful to be part of this beautiful Inapam-Starbucks project that gives me the opportunity to learn something so different and removed from what I did before,” said Starbucks employee Carmen Lazo to Mexico News Daily. “I’m excited about what’s to come, I’ve always liked to give my best effort in everything I do and this time will not be the exception.”
Starbucks is planning to employ more senior citizens across the world.
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