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Bean Stock was created in 1991 as a way for Starbucks employees to share in the company’s success through Starbucks stock. While company stock plans were not unusual at this time, the idea of sharing the growing value of the company with part and full-time employees was unheard of in the retail industry. When Bean Stock gave our employees the opportunity to own a piece of the company, we became known as partners.

To this day, Bean Stock remains a unique benefit – one that both rewards and recognizes the contributions of our partners. Bean Stock is an example of how we are delivering on our promise to our partners to build a bridge to a better future; it is one way we are investing in our partners’ journey, whether that is with Starbucks or beyond.

Find out what partners around the world have done with their Bean Stock in Partner Stories.

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with Starbucks Bean Stock: Intro to Investing for a one-minute overview and then dig into some Bean Stock basics below

Starbucks is a publicly traded company. This means that anyone who wants to own a piece of Starbucks can become a shareholder by purchasing shares of Starbucks stock through a registered broker. As a Starbucks partner, you have the opportunity through Bean Stock to own shares of Starbucks stock without making any purchase.

To receive shares from your Bean Stock, you must remain employed by Starbucks without any breaks in service during the vesting (waiting) period. That’s when you become a shareholder.

As a Starbucks shareholder, you can hold your shares or sell them at any time. Be aware that our stock price fluctuates over time. When Starbucks stock price goes up, so does the value of your shares (and vice versa).

Watch a quick video – Things to know about your first grant

Bean Stock is granted annually, typically in November. There is no need to enroll for Bean Stock – you are eligible for the annual grant if you:

  • Are hired by Starbucks as of May 1 before the November grant date,
  • Are a store partner or retail support partner in a position up to, but not including grade 25+ jobs, and
  • Work in a company owned market (licensed/franchise stores are not eligible)

Note: Each year’s grant must be approved by the Starbucks Board of Directors. The approval date determines each year’s grant date.

Watch a quick video – How does Bean Stock work?

Bean Stock is designed to reward partners who stay with the company. Eligible partners are granted Bean Stock Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), which turn into shares of Starbucks stock over a two-year period. To receive shares, you must be continuously employed during that waiting period, called vesting.

If you stay employed by Starbucks for at least one year from the grant date with no breaks in service, you’ll receive the first half of your Bean Stock. If you remain employed two years from the grant date, you’ll receive the second half. Once you own the shares, you can hold or sell them.

For each RSU, you receive one share of Starbucks stock.

Important: If you leave the company before the vesting date(s), your unvested Bean Stock grant will cancel and no shares will be issued to you.

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Vesting is a legal term often used when talking about stock or retirement plans. For Bean Stock, it is basically a waiting period during which you must remain employed by Starbucks in order to receive shares of Starbucks stock from your vested Bean Stock.

Bean Stock typically has a two-year vesting schedule. As long as you remain employed by Starbucks, you’ll receive half of the shares one year after the grant date. If you remain employed for two years after the grant date, you will receive the other half.

Any shares you hold from vested Bean Stock are yours to keep. You can hold these shares at Fidelity regardless of your employment with Starbucks.

Any unvested Bean Stock will be cancelled upon separation.

Please be aware that if you decide to work at Starbucks again, previously cancelled Bean Stock grants cannot be reinstated due to plan rules.