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Howard Schultz Sends an End-of-Fiscal-Year Message to Starbucks Partners

Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz sent this message to all partners (employees) to wrap up the 2015 fiscal year and look ahead to 2016.

Dear Partners

It's early Sunday, I'm sitting at the bar of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, enjoying the 'nectar of the gods' in the form of my Doppio Espresso Macchiato.

As I reflect on our 44th year as a company, this is just where I want to be to write an end-of-year message.

The Roastery itself symbolizes our commitment to our roots as well as the risks we are willing to take to ensure our future is as innovative, as relevant and as meaningful as our past.

This year, in ways large and small, we continued to move closer to our aspirational goal of redefining the role and responsibility of a for profit public company.

Behind the scenes, in our stores and in the headlines, we once again created long-term value for our shareholders, exceeded the expectations of our customers, and made you, our partners...