Our Relationships

Extending our reach – one relationship at a time.

Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ is our commitment to doing business responsibly. And while our vision is big, we’re doing things to extend our reach at the same time. We’re working to promote a better way of helping each other and the planet – by inspiring our customers and partners to take action and by joining forces with a cross-section of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Each NGO relationship brings specialized expertise and experience to the table, and they work with us to create solutions that support our commitments to ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and community involvement. Every one of them plays a part in our success, and they’re crucial to helping us reach our goals.

We’re proud to work with:

Conservation International

Conservation International Conservation International helped design the environmentally, socially and economically responsible guidelines that drive our coffee purchases under Starbucks™ Shared Planet™.

SINCE
1998

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical sourcing

Fair Trade

Fairtrade TransFair USA and the Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) provide certification labeling for the Fair Trade Certified™ coffee we purchase. Together, we work in support of small-scale coffee farmers, their communities and the environment.

SINCE
2000

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

African Wildlife Foundation AWF works with Starbucks to promote coffee quality, environmental responsibility and natural resource conservation among farmers in East Africa.

SINCE
2005

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

BSR Starbucks is part of BSR’s global network of companies that are working together to advance social and environmental responsibility and find responsible solutions both within and across industries.

SINCE
1994

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute Earthwatch supports scientific field research by offering volunteers the opportunity to join research teams around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability. In 2008 we conducted a 3-yr pilot program to assist scientist in soil testing indentifying best practices for pest mgmnt and mapping coffee farm sites. Our partners (employees) and customers participated in expeditions to replant rainforests, map water sources and biodiversity indicators, and share sustainable farming practices.

SINCE
2001

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

Ceres

CERES Starbucks is a member of Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) a coalition of consumer-facing companies calling for climate and energy legislation. The effort is coordinated by Ceres, who works with Starbucks and other companies to address environmental challenges.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

USGBC The USGBC developed and oversees the green building certification system known as LEED. Starbucks has been a leader in working with the USGBC to develop the LEED green building certification system for retailers and on a program that will allow companies with multiple locations to develop sustainable store design.

SINCE
2000

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

Save the Children

Save the Children Save the Children helps children survive and thrive by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. Starbucks works with Save the Children to help address the needs of children in coffee-farming communities.

SINCE
2005

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

Sustainable Food Lab

Sustainable Food Lab Starbucks is a member of the Sustainable Food Lab, a group of business and civil society leaders from around the globe, working to accelerate the shift of sustainable food from niche to mainstream. Starbucks is a founding member of the SFL Business Coalition, which works to create an industry-wide platform for continuous improvement regarding social and environmental performance in food systems and agriculture.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

Product(RED)™

product RED Product(RED)™ leverages the purchasing power of consumers and translates it to helping others. When a (STARBUCKS)RED product is purchased, a contribution is made to the Global Fund to help people living with HIV in Africa.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps Starbucks works with Mercy Corps on several projects to help improve health and access to clean water in coffee- and tea-growing regions.

SINCE
2002

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

International Youth Foundation (IYF)

International Youth Foundation We support IYF’s global initiative, YouthActionNet, which identifies, encourages and enhances the leadership potential of an emerging generation of young people. These young leaders have spearheaded projects and created a positive impact in more than 70 countries.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

Ashoka Youth Ventures

Ashoka Youth Venture The focus is on enabling young people to create, launch and lead their own community-benefiting organizations, or "ventures." The ventures are solutions to local problems identified by youth themselves.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community involvement

LEED® Certified Stores

We’re creating more eco-conscious stores on a global scale from the design stage right through to construction and operations.

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Explore a Green Store

Our first LEED® certified store at 1st and Pike in Seattle has been designed and built with many environmentally smart features.

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