Starbucks Launches 10th Global Responsibility Report

On April 18, 2011 Starbucks Coffee Company has announced the launch of its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which outlines fiscal 2010 performance in ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and community involvement. The interactive report is now available online at www.starbuck.com/2010report

“Our ten years of reporting demonstrates not only commitment to global responsibility, but also to transparency in our business practices,” said Vivek Varma, Starbucks executive vice president of Public Affairs.

The report shows that Starbucks has made significant strides towards the bold goals it set in 2008. In particular, Starbucks exceeded its goals in the following areas:

  • Renewable Energy: Starbucks reached its goal to purchase renewable energy equivalent to half of the electricity used in its North American company-owned stores, by purchasing 58% in 2010; and has been named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the fourth-largest purchaser of renewable energy in the U.S. The company is raising its sights with a new goal to make 100% of the electricity used in global company-owned stores renewable energy equivalent by 2015.
  • Youth Action Grants: Starbucks exceeded its 2015 community goal to engage 50,000 young people in community activities by engaging more than 53,600 in 2010.

“Starbucks has made significant and meaningful improvements in key areas, and recognizes the need for greater innovation, customer engagement, and policy leadership,” said Ben Packard, Starbucks vice president of Global Responsibility. “We will continue to set new performance standards, reach our ambitious goals and sharpen our focus on areas of greatest impact in communities and the environment.”

In 2010 Starbucks demonstrated progress toward reaching its long term coffee purchasing goals, bringing the company closer to achieving its long-term goal of purchasing 100 percent responsibly grown and ethically traded coffee by 2015.

The company made advances in three key areas:

  • Coffee Purchasing: Increased purchases of coffee sourced under C.A.F.E. Practices from 81% to 84% in 2010.
  • Farmer Support: Provided $14.6 million to organizations that make loans to coffee farmers, nearing its goal of $20 million by 2015.
  • Forest Carbon Programs: Expanded pilots in coffee-growing communities in Chiapas, Mexico and Sumatra, Indonesia through Starbucks partnership with Conservation International to demonstrate how coffee farmers can adapt to and be a solution to addressing climate change while increasing their incomes.

Starbucks also made meaningful improvements in 2010 toward reaching its goals related to renewable energy purchases, recycling, water conservation, and green building. Starbucks is currently on track to reach goals in a number of key areas including:

  • Recyclable Cup Solution: Making progress to develop comprehensive recycling solutions for its paper and plastic cups by 2012 by testing recyclability of cups in a New York pilot.
  • Water Conservation: Reduced water consumption by 21.6% over 2008 levels, nearing the goal 25% reduction.
  • LEED® Certified Stores: Completed pilot phase for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Volume Certification pilot program. It is the company’s goal to build all new, company-owned stores to achieve LEED® certification beginning in December 2010.

Although much progress has been made, the company still faces challenges in progress against some goals, and is working to achieve them:

  • Community Service: Starbucks partners and customer around the world contributed more than 191,000 hours of community service in 2010. Although this is well short of the company’s 2015 goal of generating one million hours, Starbucks has put new structures in place to improve in 2011, and is dedicating April as a global month of community service in celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary.
  • Front-of-Store Recycling: Starbucks continues to support local market testing and implementation to accelerate future front-of-store recycling.
  • Reusable Cups: Although Starbucks served 6.4 million more beverages in reusable cups in 2010 than 2009, there is a need for considerable innovation and customer engagement to reach the 2015 goal of 25% of beverages made in reusable cups. Starbucks is working to increase awareness by offering a free cup of brewed coffee or tea at participating Starbucks in the U.S. and Canada to customers who bring in a reusable tumbler on Earth Day 2011.
  • Energy Conservation: Starbucks did not achieve its goal to reduce energy consumption by 25% in company-owned stores by 2010. The company is now planning to achieve this goal for 25% energy reduction in 2015. (Source: Businesswire)

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