This excerpt taken from the SBUX DEF 14A filed Jan 23, 2008.
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
We are sending you this proxy statement in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our board of directors for the Starbucks 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. We are first mailing this proxy statement and the enclosed proxy card on or about February 4, 2008. At Starbucks and in this proxy statement, we refer to employees as partners. Also in this proxy statement we sometimes refer to Starbucks as the Company, we, or us, and to the 2008 Annual Meeting as the annual meeting. When we refer to the Companys fiscal year, we mean the annual period ending on the Sunday closest to September 30 of the stated year. For example, our fiscal year 2007 was October 2, 2006 through September 30, 2007 (fiscal 2007).
This excerpt taken from the SBUX DEF 14A filed Jan 17, 2007.
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
This proxy statement is furnished by and on behalf of the board of directors (the Board of Directors or Board) of Starbucks Corporation, a Washington corporation (Starbucks or the Company), in connection with the solicitation of proxies for use at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Company to be held at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 (the Annual Meeting), at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall (McCaw Hall) at the Seattle Center, located on Mercer Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, in Seattle, Washington, and at any adjournment thereof. Directions to McCaw Hall and a map are provided on the back cover of this proxy statement. This proxy statement and the enclosed proxy card will be first mailed on or about January 29, 2007 to the Companys shareholders of record on January 12, 2007 (the Record Date). On the Record Date, there were 753,576,146 shares of Common Stock outstanding and there were no outstanding shares of any other class of stock. Holders of shares of Common Stock are entitled to cast one vote per share on all matters.
A shareholder who delivers an executed proxy pursuant to this solicitation may revoke it at any time before it is exercised by (i) executing and delivering a later dated proxy card to the secretary of the Company prior to the Annual Meeting, (ii) delivering written notice of revocation of the proxy to the secretary of the Company prior to the Annual Meeting, or (iii) attending and voting in person at the Annual Meeting. Attendance at the Annual Meeting, in and of itself, will not constitute a revocation of a proxy. Proxies will be voted as instructed by the shareholder or shareholders granting the proxy. Unless contrary instructions are specified, if the enclosed proxy is executed and returned (and not revoked) prior to the Annual Meeting, the shares of common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the Common Stock), of the Company represented thereby will be voted: (1) FOR the election of the 11 director candidates nominated by the Board of Directors; (2) FOR the approval of the material terms of the Starbucks Executive Management Bonus Plan; (3) FOR the ratification of the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007 (fiscal 2007); and (4) in accordance with the best judgment of the named proxies on any other matters properly brought before the Annual Meeting.
The presence, in person or by proxy, of holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock is required to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes (shares held by a broker or nominee that does not have the authority, either express or discretionary, to vote on a particular matter) are counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. Under Washington law, if a quorum is present, a nominee for election to a position on the Board of Directors will be elected as a director if the votes cast for the nominee exceed the votes cast for any other nominee for that position. If a quorum is present, approval of the proposal to approve the material terms of the Starbucks Executive Management Bonus Plan, approval of the proposal to ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2007, and all other matters that properly come before the meeting require that the votes cast in favor of such actions exceed the votes cast against such actions. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the election of nominees for director, the proposal to approve the material terms of the Starbucks Executive Management Bonus Plan, the proposal to ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP or other proposals. Proxies and ballots will be received and tabulated by Mellon Investor Services LLC, the Companys transfer agent and the inspector of elections for the Annual Meeting.
The expense of preparing, printing and mailing this proxy statement and the proxies solicited hereby will be borne by the Company. Proxies will be solicited by mail and may also be solicited by directors, officers and other partners (employees) of the Company in person, by the Internet, by telephone or by facsimile transmission, without additional remuneration. The Company will also request brokerage firms, banks, nominees, custodians and fiduciaries to forward proxy materials to the beneficial owners of shares of Common Stock as of the Record Date and will reimburse such persons for the cost of forwarding the proxy materials in accordance with customary