Community Activities

We share our customers' commitment to the environment

And we believe in the importance of caring for our planet working with and encouraging others to do the same. As a company that relies on an agricultural product, it makes good business sense. And as people living in the world, it is simply the right thing to do.

  • Recycling


    It’s a big challenge and we’re making big progress. We’re trying to develop more environmentally friendly cups and are working hard to expand our recycling program in an effort to reduce the waste we create.

    Learn More About Recycling & Reducing Waste
  • Energy


    We are proud of the work we have done to be more energy efficient and we’re committed to further minimising our energy consumption and using renewable sources of energy to lower our impact on the planet.

    Learn More About Energy Conservation
  • Water


    We all have to work carefully with one of our most valuable natural resources and we’re evaluating our store design, equipment and operations to identify ways to continue to reduce the amount of water we use.

    Learn More About Water Conservation
  • Green Building

    Green Building

    We’re making our stores as green as we can by using responsible building materials and energy efficient designs to reduce our environmental footprint.

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Inspiring Green Leadership

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Guest Post by Karine Zoghby – AFDC, Lebanon

There is an urgent need in Lebanon for environmental advocacy and awareness. The limited rainfall and dry hot summers mean that the country is prone to forest fires. Under threat from both human activities and global warming, the nation's forests have shrunk from 35% in the 60s to 13% today, and constant efforts are required to keep them from disappearing altogether. Other natural resources are also under pressure as a growing population places increasing demands on the environment. Protecting the environment is a task too great for any one organisation alone, so partnerships between NGOs, the public sector and private organisations are key to securing widespread public support.

Our best defence against forest fires is prevention and this means ensuring local people understand how to protect the forests and know the environmental best practices required to help sustain the natural environment. For more than five years now, the Association for Forests Development and Conservation (AFDC) has implemented corporate social responsibility projects and programmes that aim at conserving and protecting Lebanon’s environment. One of our success models was developed in a strategic partnership with Starbucks. Built around both organisations' shared values concerning environmental practices and empowering youth, the AFDC and Starbucks long-standing collaboration has led to a number of initiatives to conserve Lebanon's natural beauty.

The Green Leadership Academy was developed in partnership with Starbucks and helps to educate and inspire young people to be the environmental leaders of tomorrow. The programme draws Lebanese youth from all over the country to take part in environmental training sessions on a diverse range of environmental topics ranging from climate change, to biodiversity, forests, renewable energy, green advocacy as well as intensive managerial and leadership workshops. Participants learn about environmental best practices and are provided with the know-how they need to bring expertise and awareness to their local communities.

A fundamental component of the Green Leadership Academy is the Community Give Back project whereby participants get the chance to put into practice what they have learnt. For example, in the historical city of Batroun in Northern Lebanon, the Green Leadership Academy has implemented two community projects for the Batroun Public School. A rainwater harvesting project installed on the school rooftop now collects water and pumps it to facilities in the building, whilst a second project improved the school's playground . The GLA programme helped to improve common areas on the school grounds by planting trees, installing benches and painting school walls. This way, school children and families in the community are introduced firsthand to environmental best practices.

There's lots more to be done, but we hope that by working together Starbucks and the AFDC can continue to empower Lebanese youth to make a difference. To find out how you can help, please visit the ADFC website

Karine Zoghby is Programmes Officer at Lebanon's Association for Forests Development and Conservation (AFDC) overseeing all AFDC programmes including the association's public, private and NGO partnerships. She is also responsible for the advocacy programme and is the project manager for the AFDC-Starbucks Green Leadership Academy.

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Bringing the Starbucks experience to Morocco

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Posted by Karl Shad – Director Of Operations, Starbucks MENA

Bringing the Starbucks experience to Morocco

After more than a year of planning, we were proud to have our first three Starbucks stores open in Morocco. Starbucks MENA opened its first two stores in the Morocco Mall, Casablanca in December last year and we have just celebrated a further store opening in Anfa Place, Casablanca.

We've worked hard to ensure that the new Casablanca stores provide what we call the 'third place': that familiar place between work and home where people like to meet. All three stores have been built in line with Starbucks' sustainable store design concepts combining best-practice build methods with locally relevant connections to culture and design.

Our flagship store in Morocco Mall was developed from a heritage concept, both showcasing Starbucks' mercantile coffee roots as well as providing a comfortable meeting place decorated with traditional fabrics and carpets.

A regional modern concept was chosen for our Anfa Place store taking its cue from the surrounding area's contemporary, white washed architecture. This store is an airy, light filled space with an open mezzanine, customised wood walls, soft seating groups made up of contemporary lounge furniture and locally sourced Moroccan carpets with a residential feeling.

Pop into one of our new stores to enjoy your favourite espresso beverage or get a bite to eat and let us know what you think. We can't wait to hear your comments!

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Joining hands for a greener Lebanon

Monday, March 19, 2012
Posted by Rana Shaheen – Regional Communications & CSR Manager, Starbucks MENA

Lebanon's national emblem, the cedar pine tree, is under threat from forest fires. Five years of fires brought on by climate change have devastated large areas of cedar trees in Lebanon, making some wonder if the cedar forests will disappear altogether. Well, I'm proud to say that Starbucks and the Association of Forests, Development and Conservation (AFDC) are helping nature fight back by undertaking an extensive tree planting programme.

Starbucks partners have participated in tree planting programmes in Lebanon for four years now, since Starbucks teamed up with AFDC to create the “AFDC – Starbucks Environmental Program”. Since 2009, the AFDC and Starbucks partnership has helped to plant 3000 trees to date on Mount Lebanon and other fire afflicted areas. It is all part of our efforts to ensure Lebanon's cedar forests remain for future generations. Management and employees from both Starbucks and the AFDC join local municipalities and local volunteers each year with the goal of making a greener Lebanon.

Starbucks' 2012 reforestation campaign, organised in collaboration with AFDC and the Green Line Association, aims to plant another 2,000 trees over an estimated area of 40,000 square meters in the area of Kfar Silwan, Tarshish in the Metn, Kfarhamam and Hasbaya. Other than getting to spend time in the fresh mountain air, one of the things I enjoy most about this programme is seeing the trees planted in past years grow taller. Due to the AFDC's programmes, thousands of volunteers are now able to point to wooded areas that they helped plant: one cedar tree at a time.

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