Ethical Sourcing

Our success is linked to the success of the farmers and suppliers who grow and produce our products.

Helping people thrive helps ensure the long-term sustainability of the premium products we provide. Whether it’s coffee, tea, cocoa or manufactured goods, we’re committed to offering ethically purchased and responsibly produced products of the highest quality.

  1. Coffee
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    We seek to serve high-quality coffee that is responsibly grown and ethically traded. We do this through our coffee purchasing practices, farmer support centers, loan programs and forest conservation efforts.

  2. Tea
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    Tea is the world’s second-most popular beverage after water. Our commitment to a long-term strategy of ethical tea sourcing is a chance for us to use our scale for good on a global scale.

  3. Cocoa
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    Our cocoa-purchasing practices are designed to ensure a long-term supply of high-quality, ethically sourced cocoa. We verify our cocoa supply chain with inspections performed by independent verifiers.

Starbucks Global Responsibility Goals & Progress

Starbucks Global Responsibility Goals & Progress

Learn about our 2014 Goals & Progress


Our holistic approach to ethically sourcing the highest quality coffee helps foster a better future for farmers and their communities. Learn more at Farming Communities.