For a company well known dodging their taxes, it seems Starbucks have done a total U-turn and grown something resembling a conscience.
The coffee giants have now not only agreed to introduce a living wage for their staff, but also to help them out with rent.
There are 22,000 shops worldwide, and the chain have agreed to help 7,000 staff in the UK, who have worked there for over a year, offering an interest-free loan to help them pay for housing deposit.
The loan does have to be paid back within the year, but in a market where people are struggling to get their foot on the property ladder and finding it increasingly difficult to get loans from banks, it will make a difference.
Of course, huge companies don’t give something for nothing, and this move will not only give Starbucks a much needed dose of good publicity, but also make them a far more desirable prospect for potential employees.