Former Starbucks Corporate Responsibility Executive Joins APCO
Washington, D.C. (August 13, 2008) - Sandra E. Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Sustainable Business International LLC, today joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC), Margery Kraus, president and chief executive officer, announced.
Taylor brings to APCO expertise in corporate responsibility combined with her strong background in corporate governance. She also has an extensive background in human rights, issue management, public policy and international trade.
“When it comes to corporate responsibility and strategic philanthropy, Sandra is one of the foremost leaders in these practices,” said Kraus. “Her vast experience in developing innovative corporate responsibility strategies will be invaluable to our clients and this insight adds yet another dimension to our IAC.”
From 2003 until 2008, Taylor was senior vice president of corporate social responsibility for Starbucks Coffee Company. At Starbucks she led the strategic development and day-to-day direction of all corporate responsibility programs, including: community affairs, the Starbucks Foundation and support for disaster relief; development of responsible and sustainable standards for business practices and product procurement; management of programs to reduce the environmental impact of business operations; public policy and government relations; and the publication of the company’s award-winning corporate responsibility annual report. She also led social investment programs for education, health, income generation, skills training and access to water in Central America, India and Africa.
Taylor served as vice president and director of public affairs for Eastman Kodak Company from 1996 until 2003. As a corporate officer, she had overall responsibility for public affairs, international trade policy and corporate citizenship worldwide. Taylor provided leadership for the company’s federal, state local and international government relations, managed Kodak's Washington, D.C., government affairs office, and established policy for government relations outside the United States.
“When I was a client of APCO’s I found its comprehensive knowledge of the corporate responsibility field made them a fantastic partner,” said Taylor. “APCO was one of the first firms to establish a corporate responsibility practice in China and South Asia, and this footprint has allowed them to provide unique solutions to the pressing issues global companies face in this arena. I look forward to being a part of this dynamic team and working to develop forward-looking strategies for clients worldwide.”
Taylor joins other noteworthy IAC executives including: Trevor Neilson, former executive director at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Kirk Stewart former global vice president of corporate communications for Nike, Inc.
Taylor’s government experience includes her work as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate and a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State. She is on the board of directors of Capella Education Company and nonprofits such as the Intiman Theatre of Seattle, National Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Counterpart International and the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is co-chair and founder of the American and African Businesswomen’s Alliance and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
About APCO Worldwide
Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an independently owned global communication consultancy with offices in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. APCO was named 2007 PR Agency of the Year by PRNews; 2006 Agency of the Year by PRWeek; 2007, 2006 and 2005 European Consultancy of the Year by Public Affairs News; and 2004 Public Affairs Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report. Clients include corporations, governments, industry associations and nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO includes among its clients seven of the top 10 companies on Fortune’s Global 500. Core services include corporate, investor and internal communication; crisis management; issue management; government relations; litigation communication; media relations; coalition building; opinion research; market entry; corporate responsibility; and online communication. APCO is a majority women-owned business. For more information, please visit www.apcoworldwide.com.