21 Mar '12, 7pm

Starbucks Sustainability Report Paints A Mostly Rosy Picture Of Green Progress

Starbucks Sustainability Report Paints A Mostly Rosy Picture Of Green Progress

Marco Paköeningrat /CC BY-SA 2.0 Starbucks has released its 2011 shareholder report , within which are some interesting metrics on their progress towards sustainability goals first outlined in 2008. The report covers coffee sourcing, the amount of money invested in coffee farming communities via farmer loans, hours of community service volunteered by employees, LEED certification, recycling, energy consumption and sourcing, the amount of reusable cups used, as well as a variety of other factors. Heading the report is the goal of having 100% of Starbucks coffee be "ethically sourced" by 2015. That means, for Starbucks, meeting their CAFE Practices standards. In 2011, 86% of all coffee purchased met this criteria, an increase of two percentage points over 2010. Starbucks' VP of global responsibility Ben Packard on the differences between Fair Trade and Starbucks' own ethical...

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