Condé Nast to open GQ and Vogue restaurants in Turkey and UkraineSophie Maden, 22 September 2011, 3:00pm Be the first to commentVogue and GQ publisher Condé Nast has announced it will open branded restaurants in Kiev and Istanbul next year, as part of a plan to target high-end consumers worldwide.Vogue Cafe, Moscow: established by Condé Nast last yearThe publisher established Condé Nast Restaurants, part of Condé Nast International, in August last year.Now the Vogue Café, Kiev, and GQ Bar, Istanbul, are set to join Moscows Vogue Café, GQ Bar and Tatler Club.Stuart Nielsen, director of restaurants for Condé Nast International, said: “Turkey and the Ukraine are both exciting emerging markets with a strong appetite for luxury brands in retail and hospitality. Vogue Café and GQ Bar address this powerful consumer desire.”Condé Nast is working in partnership with the Otrada Luxury Group in the Ukraine, and the Dogus Group in Turkey, to launch the outlets.Nielsen said more openings would be announced in the coming months, including in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.Condé Nast will also launch mens title GQ to a Turkish audience for the first time in March next year. The magazine, edited by Mirgun Cabas, will be published under a licensing agreement between Condé Nast and the Dogus Media Group.Last week, Condé Nast announced it would open its own college in London offering Vogue-branded fashion courses.
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)
On March 18, 2011 illycaffè became the world’s first company to receive a Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Responsible Supply Chain Process certification, attesting to the company’s long-running sustainable approach to production and its relations with stakeholders throughout the production chain, particularly with green coffee suppliers.
The illycaffè model is innovative in assigning critical roles to quality and value creation. The certification was officially conferred at illycaffè’s twentieth annual meeting in Brazil, recognizing suppliers for coffee production meeting the company’s industry-leading quality standards.
DNV, an international, independent leader in product and process certification, in part modeled its new certification standard on the illycaffè supply chain model, buttressing it with current and emerging stringent guidelines for sustainability and corporate responsibility, and with standards of reference for certification and accreditation activities. The certification incorporates both pan-industry standards and industry specific standards. Officially, illycaffè received the DNV Green Coffee Responsible Supply Chain Process certification.
The standard developed by DNV is innovative because it marks the passage from the certification of an organization’s supply chain to the certification of an organization’s ability to create value that benefits everyone involved.
“We are proud to have obtained this certification, which recognizes and validates how we have operated over the past 20 years, through protocols and procedures that guarantee the excellence of our final product,” said Andrea Illy, President and Managing Director of illycaffè. “illycaffè has always been a stakeholder company, based on ethics and with the objective of improving quality of life. Quality is a key concept in our company philosophy. Our continuous search for quality creates a virtuous cycle that creates value for everyone involved, from coffee growers to coffee drinkers, in growing magnitude over time.”
Quality and sustainability are for illycaffè inseparable: a truly excellent product cannot be anything but sustainable in three critical aspects: economic, social and environmental. Economic sustainability is achieved through the creation of value for all those involved, from the grower to the final consumer. Social sustainability rests on the concepts of individual growth and self-realization. Environmental sustainability means respect for the ecosystem, through, for example, the use of recyclable shipping and packaging materials and the application of non-polluting practices.
“This supply chain certification standard is particularly innovative in demonstrating a company’s ability to create value over the long term,” said Thomas Vogth-Eriksen, Chief Executive Officer DNV Business Assurance. “The schema focuses on the building of shared value in a context where social development stimulates economic development, recognizing that a business grows in large part through its ability to help its partners and suppliers grow.”
Over the past two decades illycaffè has perfected a system of direct relationships with its suppliers, based on three main pillars: selecting the best growers in coffee producing countries; transferring to these growers, through the company’s Università del Caffè and the daily field work of specialized agronomists, comprehensive knowledge accumulated over 80 years of practical experience and research to produce coffee meeting illy’s high quality standards; and purchasing the best production directly from growers, paying them a premium over the going market price to reward quality achieved, and incentivize ongoing improvement. (Source: BusinessWire)