Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ is the way we engage with our customers and communities to do business responsibly and create a better future for our world. Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ is based on three commitments: sourcing our coffee ethically, acting as good stewards of the environment, and being actively involved in our communities.
Starbucks is committed to ethical sourcing; working to ensure that every cup we serve is produced using the highest standards of quality and responsible growing practices. Coffee that carries the Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ mark assures that it has been produced in ways that are environmentally, socially and economically responsible. We are also committed to minimizing our impact on the planet, and inspiring others to do the same. We are committed to being a good neighbour and a catalyst for change – bringing together our partners (employees), customers and the community to contribute positively every day.
Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ is our commitment to working with our customers, communities, partners and farmers to help create a better future for the world we all share.
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Starbucks is an industry leader in ethically sourcing and roasting arabica coffee beans. In 2001, Starbucks developed the original platform of coffee-buying criteria that has now become the foundation for our guidelines and has enabled us to increase the amount of coffee purchased under Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ each year since. In 2007, our coffee purchases under Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ represented 65% of all the coffee we bought.
It is our goal that by 2015, 100 percent of our coffee will be responsibly grown and ethically traded.
In 1992, Starbucks adopted an environmental mission statement that ensures that environmental stewardship will play a role in all facets of our business. Since then, we have continuously expanded our definition of environmental responsibility and developed innovative ways to minimize our environmental footprint. Our efforts are focused on reducing the environmental impacts of our disposable cups, increasing our recycling efforts and reducing our energy use.
It is our goal that by 2015, 100 percent of our cups will be reusable or recyclable, and we will significantly reduce our environmental footprint through energy and water conservation, recycling, and green construction.
Starbucks gives back to our communities and inspires local action among partners and customers. Since 2001, Starbucks has contributed $126 million to communities in cash and in-kind donations and has supported nearly 1.5 million volunteer hours. We continue to invest in young people, empowering them to make a difference in their communities through grants from the Starbucks Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Fund.
It is our goal that by 2015, we will contribute more than 1 million community service hours per year in communities where we do business.
At the heart of every neighbourhood Starbucks is the experience our customers and partners (employees) have in our stores. Starbucks strives to provide a great work environment for our partners so they in turn provide a great experience for our customers. Starbucks makes a significant investment in local communities through wages, benefits, taxes and purchases from local vendors with more than 160,000 partners and 16,000 stores around the world. Starbucks was one of the first retail companies to provide comprehensive health benefits to both eligible part-time and full-time partners (since 1987) and has been consistently among one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in Fortune magazine.