Café Younes Inclusion, advocacy
In 2020, Bedayati launched its Inclusive Employer Pledge to a small group of responsible businesses, with the aim of championing a growing movement of Lebanese organizations that are actively using their work and workplaces to build an inclusive and more sustainable economy and society. When Bedayati invited Cafe Younes to sign the Pledge, Amin Younes, Managing Partner, responded, “We at Cafe Younes have been striving to give back to our community since day one, and have beenwaiting for opportunities like this.” Providing decent work and protecting jobs, however, could not be more of a challenge than it is today.
In March, Cafe Younes closed all ten of its outlets in compliance with the nation-wide lockdown, keeping only its two coffee roasters open for coffee delivery. Despite the heavy losses incurred during the Covid-19 lockdown, Cafe Younes has so far resisted temporary salary cuts, paying its 89 employees in full in March.
Cafe Younes has not only been working hard to look out for its staff, but has also reached out to the wider community, donating coffee beans to underprivileged communities.
A big shout out to Cafe Younes for using business to promote both staff and community wellbeing in times of crisis!