In 2018, Starbucks announced it reached 100 percent pay equity for men and women and people of all races performing the same work. It took the java chain nearly 10 years to pull it off.
That’s still lightning quick compared to how long experts believe it will take the country to do so.
The American Association of University Women has stated before it could be 100 years, even longer globally, before the gap closes. Their earlier data showed that, in the U.S., women were paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men.
“At the rate of change between 1960 and 2016, women are expected to reach pay equity with men in 2059. But even that slow progress has in recent years,” the AAUW said.
“If change continues at the slower rate seen since 2001, women will not reach pay equity with men until 2119.”
At its annual shareholders meeting in March, Starbucks said it maintained pay equity for another year and verified that its China and Canada stores—two of Starbucks’ largest global markets for corporate units—also fulfilled the company’s commitment to achieve and maintain gender equity in pay.
Fittingly, Starbucks took another step—Equal Pay Day—joining 25 other U.S. employers in the Employers for Pay Equity to share a set of “Pay Equity Principles” intended to help eliminate the gender pay gap.
“The Pay Equity Principles we signed onto today—equal footing, transparency and accountability—were created not only to help us but also other organizations and businesses seeking to eradicate the pay gap,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
“While the to the Pay Equity Principles represent different industries facing different challenges to achieving pay equity, we all agree that by working together we can accelerate the elimination of the national pay gap.”