April 1, 2015
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Starbucks proves again that it won’t stop with just coffee.
Its latest project involves a new media start-up that “will create and produce nonfiction, social-impact content,” according to the new company’s founder, Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
Chandrasekaran wrote on Facebook Thursday morning that he will start with “television and film projects” linked to a book he co-wrote with Starbucks ( ) CEO Howard Schultz, “For Love of Country.” Some of that content will be produced “in partnership” with Starbucks.
Schultz and Chandrasekaran teamed up last year a book about the work of veterans both at war and at home. Chandrasekaran is also an award-winning long-time editor and reporter for The Washington Post.
When the book published last November, Chandrasekaran called Schultz a “leader in our country and society of unquestioned stature” who has used Starbucks for social good, like educating the public about sacrifices made by the troops.
“There are a lot of people, quite frankly, who go in the morning through Starbucks doors to get a morning cup of coffee, who may not pay a whole lot of attention to these wars,” Chandrasekaran told CNNMoney’s Poppy Harlow.
Schultz has made social causes an important part of the company’s mission since he rejoined it full-time in 2008.