UN Global Compact

Starbucks is a member of the UN Global Compact – an international network of organizations that supports 10 universal principles.

These principles are based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Labour Organization Declaration of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Membership of the UN Global Compact is made up of corporations, UN agencies, trade unions and nongovernmental organizations.

Starbucks signed the UN Global Compact in June 2004. We consider these principles to be a natural extension of our Mission Statement, which defines our commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

Through our participation in the UN Global Compact, we are continually learning how the company can strengthen existing or develop new internal practices and policies.

Below are the Global Compact’s 10 principles and references to sections in this report that speak to how our priorities are aligned with each principle.

Human Rights

  1. Business should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
  2. Business should ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
    • Starbucks on the Issues

Labour Standards

  1. Business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
  2. Business should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
  3. Business should support the effective abolition of child labour.
  4. Business should support the elimination of discrimination of employment and occupation.


  1. Business should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
    • Environment
    • Coffee 
    • Cocoa
  2. Business should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
    • Environment
    • Coffee 

    • Cocoa
  3. Business should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
    • Environment
    • Climate Change
    • Green Store Design
    • Cups


  1. Business should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.