At one time, East Liverpool, Ohio was known as “the Pottery Capital of the World.” Today this city – like so many others in America – is facing a jobs crisis as its industries decline. But I recently got to visit one ceramics factory that is the story of a remarkable resurgence.
Inspired by Create Jobs for USA, a program Starbucks launched in November 2011 with Opportunity Finance Network, one of our long term suppliers, Ulrich Honighausen, came to us with a vision to address a gap in American manufacturing with a modern ceramic factory.
I am thrilled to be partnering with Starbucks again for Every Mother Counts 2012, an incredible compilation album featuring 19 songs. Most are inspired by motherhood, some by parenthood, but all benefit community-based maternal health programs around the world.
Through Every Mother Counts 2011, thousands heard our mission to reduce preventable maternal deaths and improve maternal health worldwide. While selecting artists and songs for the first album, we couldn’t resist gathering names for a second, and I am so happy that we did! This year, we broadened our vision to include male artists (fathers) as well, because our mission is something that everyone who values mothers can support to make a lasting impact.
Starbucks baristas and customers have been supporting communities together for a while now. Whether it’s working side by side at community service projects or making contributions to disaster relief efforts, we’re proud of what we’ve done and are looking forward to how much more we can still achieve.