The Role & Responsibility of a Public Company

The Role & Responsibility of a Public Company


Starbucks Invites Customers to Help Donate Meals to People in Need

Starbucks Invites Customers to Help Donate Meals to People in Need

“People are more likely to give during this time of year and Starbucks support is particularly important because it amplifies and reinforces our message about hunger in our community,” said Nicole Suydam, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank.

Starbucks Invited to the White House to Discuss Disability Employment

Starbucks Invited to the White House to Discuss Disability Employment

Starbucks has been recognized for the last two years as a “Best Place to Work,” receiving a 100 percent score on the Disability Equality Index survey. Marthalee Galeota referenced Starbucks success stories, and work that's still ahead.

Exclusive ECOALF Products at Starbucks Roastery

Exclusive ECOALF Products at Starbucks Roastery

“Sustainable clothing hasn’t always been synonymous with beautiful design,” said Jennifer Quotson, vice president of Starbucks Creative. “But ECOALF products are highly designed, with great attention to the way they fit and feel.”

Starbucks Opens 1,000th LEED-Certified Store

Starbucks Opens 1,000th LEED-Certified Store

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a rating system that evaluates a building’s environmental performance and encourages sustainable design. See photos of Starbucks latest LEED-certified stores in the U.S., Thailand and India.

Howard Schultz and Common Host a ‘Turn Up the Vote’ Event

Howard Schultz and Common Host a ‘Turn Up the Vote’ Event

Starbucks, the Common Ground Foundation and Democracy Works hosted a National Voter Registration Day block party in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York, to encourage voter registration and participation in the voting process.

Starbucks Recognized as “Best Place to Work” for Disability

Starbucks Recognized as “Best Place to Work” for Disability

"This commitment to building a different kind of company, one where everyone is welcome and where inclusion is at the core of what we do, is what makes us proud to be partners," said Lucy Helm, in a letter to Starbucks partners.

Starbucks Mexico’s Coffee Tree Initiative Grows

Starbucks Mexico’s Coffee Tree Initiative Grows

Since launching the Todos Sembramos Café program in 2014, half a million coffee trees have been delivered to 180 farms benefitting 19,000 families in Chiapas, a region known for producing some of the highest-quality arabica coffee in Mexico. 

Starbucks York Roasting Plant Honored for Diversity and Inclusion

Starbucks York Roasting Plant Honored for Diversity and Inclusion

“Everybody deserves a chance,” said Lori Belfiore, Starbucks store manager. “Tim is one of the most loyal and caring partners and makes our store feel inclusive and part of the community.”

A Partner with Down Syndrome Finds an Inclusive Workplace at Starbucks

A Partner with Down Syndrome Finds an Inclusive Workplace at Starbucks

“Everybody deserves a chance,” said Lori Belfiore, Starbucks store manager. “Tim is one of the most loyal and caring partners and makes our store feel inclusive and part of the community.”

Starbucks Issues the First U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond

Starbucks Issues the First U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond

Sustainability bond offering is part of Starbucks comprehensive approach to sustainable coffee sourcing and industry leading efforts for positive environmental and social impacts in the global coffee supply chain.

Evolution Fresh Adopts New Approach for Sourcing Spinach

Evolution Fresh Adopts New Approach for Sourcing Spinach

“If you can incorporate sustainability in the economic model of your business, you can achieve a massive change in your business,” said Brian Jameson, vice president of Agriculture Operations and Business Development for Evolution Fresh.

Hundreds of Suppliers Attend Starbucks 10th Annual Summit in China

Hundreds of Suppliers Attend Starbucks 10th Annual Summit in China

“We have worked with our suppliers in China to improve labor and environmental performance to enable higher overall performance so they are positioned to grow with Starbucks as our business grows.” said Kelly Goodejohn, director, Ethical Sourcing.

Store Manager’s Artwork Highlights Coffee Origin Countries

Store Manager’s Artwork Highlights Coffee Origin Countries

“Customers who visit my store are curious about the different coffees that Starbucks offers,” said Becca Turner. “It was fun to create artwork to help tell the coffee story.”

Starbucks Joins TurboVote Challenge to Encourage U.S. Voting

Starbucks Joins TurboVote Challenge to Encourage U.S. Voting

"Our intention is nonpartisan, and it is simple: by helping to increase voter registration and participation, we believe more people will have an opportunity to make their voices count."

Baristas Lead New Starbucks Effort to Donate Meals Through Feeding America

Baristas Lead New Starbucks Effort to Donate Meals Through Feeding America

Starbucks FoodShare will be able to provide nearly 5 million meals to those in need of nourishing food. Starbucks intends to scale this program over the next five years and rescue 100 percent of its food available for donation.

A Cup of Hope: Coffee from Eastern Congo Arriving at Starbucks

A Cup of Hope: Coffee from Eastern Congo Arriving at Starbucks

“With every single coffee bean there is a shared passion and love that you can see from the farmers, the roaster, and hopefully the customers as well," said Dario Merlo, Country Director for Eastern Congo Initiative.

New Jobs Grow from Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag Commitment

New Jobs Grow from Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag Commitment

“Job creation is number one at the nursery level, but I cannot stress enough what happens on the logistics side,” said Teddy Esteve, Chief Executive Officer for ECOM. “We are creating hundreds of third-party jobs.”

For 10th Year, Starbucks Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

For 10th Year, Starbucks Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

"While Our Mission and Values provide the guardrails by which we act, it is up to each of us to do our part to maintain a great work environment and to lead with ethics and integrity,” said Matthew Swaya.

Prince Charles Acknowledges a Starbucks Partner’s Accomplishments

Prince Charles Acknowledges a Starbucks Partner’s Accomplishments

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized in this way,” said Jaz Rabadia, senior manager of Energy and Initiatives for Starbucks UK. 

A Photo Journey to Coffee Farms in Costa Rica

A Photo Journey to Coffee Farms in Costa Rica

The Starbucks Origin Experience takes partners (employees) from behind the counters of stores, corporate offices and roasting plants and brings them to work alongside farmers in coffee growing regions.

Making Coffee the World’s First Sustainably Sourced Agricultural Product

Making Coffee the World’s First Sustainably Sourced Agricultural Product

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge comes at a time when consumers are drinking an estimated 600 billion cups of coffee a year, and nearly every major coffee producing region of the world is feeling the impacts of climate change.

Starbucks Doubles LEED Certified Stores; Roastery Earns Platinum Certification

Starbucks Doubles LEED Certified Stores; Roastery Earns Platinum Certification

“The Roastery is a beautiful marriage of design and efficiency that takes into consideration both a retail and manufacturing environment,” said Liz Muller, vice president of Starbucks Creative & Design.

Malaysian Farmers Benefit from Starbucks Connecting Communities Project

Malaysian Farmers Benefit from Starbucks Connecting Communities Project

Weaving with Mengkuang leaves used to be a leisurely pastime of coastal women in Malaysia. Today, a small Malaysian business is revisiting this craft and selling Mengkuang products in Starbucks stores.

One Tree for Every Bag: Starbucks Raises One Million Coffee Trees for Farmers in First Month

One Tree for Every Bag: Starbucks Raises One Million Coffee Trees for Farmers in First Month

“Being a coffee farmer is increasingly hard. It’s why I spend my days in the coffee fields helping farmers consider new ways to grow coffee that are more sustainable, long term,” said Starbucks agronomist Carlos Mario Rodriguez.

Nicaraguan Coffee Communities Improve Education with Support from Starbucks

Nicaraguan Coffee Communities Improve Education with Support from Starbucks

"It’s a long-term commitment. We don’t want to just build a classroom. We want to build capacities and leadership in the communities," said Rosa Rivas, executive director of the Seeds for Progress Foundation in Nicaragua.

What do Starbucks Green Straws and Cake Pops Have in Common?

What do Starbucks Green Straws and Cake Pops Have in Common?

“Supplier diversity is a business imperative and it’s also one of our core values,” said Diane Lin, director at Starbucks. “A diverse base makes us a stronger company and diverse suppliers help bring innovation and a different perspective.”

Starbucks Distributes One Million Coffee Trees to Farmers

Starbucks Distributes One Million Coffee Trees to Farmers

“Starbucks scale gives us the responsibility to make sure we invest in tangible ways that help to ensure farmer livelihoods and the stability of the entire supply for the industry,” said Craig Russell, Starbucks evp Global Coffee.

Former U.S. Senators Call on Starbucks Partners to Be Engaged, Educated Voters

Former U.S. Senators Call on Starbucks Partners to Be Engaged, Educated Voters

Former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott were part of a spirited discussion with more than 300 partners in Seattle, encouraging voter education as the 2016 presidential election year approaches.

Starbucks Largest Roasting Plant Offers Job Training for People With Disabilities

Starbucks Largest Roasting Plant Offers Job Training for People With Disabilities

“I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t talk. I had to learn everything over,” said Cody Dietz. “Now I’m better. I’m working, obviously. I’ve had struggles sometimes, but I’ve overcome them. I’m here."

New York Times Op-Ed: Connecting Young People With Jobs

New York Times Op-Ed: Connecting Young People With Jobs

The Schultz Family Foundation is committing $30 million to helping young people enter and advance in the work force. 

Fortune Names Starbucks to New List of Companies that Change the World

Fortune Names Starbucks to New List of Companies that Change the World

The magazine said its goal with the new list is to "shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems as a part of their core business strategy."

Starbucks More Than Doubles Global Farmer Loan Commitment to $50 Million by 2020

Starbucks More Than Doubles Global Farmer Loan Commitment to $50 Million by 2020

"Starbucks has always understood the importance of investing in coffee farmers offering access to credit and financial management training,” said William Fulbright Foote, Founder and CEO of Root Capital.

Global Rollout of Starbucks Cup Sleeves

Global Rollout of Starbucks Cup Sleeves

“Up to 80 percent of our cups leave the store with our customers,” said Jim Hanna, who leads environmental sustainability for Starbucks. “Reducing the waste associated with our cup sleeves is one important way we can help mitigate the impact of our packaging.”

Specialty Coffee from Eastern Congo Highlighted at Starbucks Roastery

Specialty Coffee from Eastern Congo Highlighted at Starbucks Roastery

Every coffee tells a story. “Gravitas speaks to the remarkable progress made through the Eastern Congo Initiative to put the coffee of from this region back on the map, giving Eastern Congo the recognition it deserves as a key source of high quality coffee,” said Craig Russell.

Starbucks Moves Quickly to Find a New Source for Ethos Water Outside California

Starbucks Moves Quickly to Find a New Source for Ethos Water Outside California

“We are committed to our mission to be a globally responsible company and to support the people of the state of California as they face this unprecedented drought,” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president of Global Responsibility and Public Policy.

99% of Starbucks Coffee Ethically Sourced

99% of Starbucks Coffee Ethically Sourced

In 2015, Starbucks will donate thousands of seedlings from five different coffee tree hybrids developed through its research to ICAFE which will then be verified in different regions of Costa Rica most impacted by these challenging conditions.

How Starbucks Origin Grants Help Transform Communities

How Starbucks Origin Grants Help Transform Communities

In 2014, Starbucks invested more than $3.7 million in Origin Community Grants to help support the health and stability of coffee farming communities. Here’s how Starbucks began its journey with origin grantee Heifer International.

Ben Affleck Acknowledges Starbucks for ‘Transforming Lives’ in Eastern Congo

Ben Affleck Acknowledges Starbucks for ‘Transforming Lives’ in Eastern Congo

“From a relatively modest investment, farmers’ incomes have more than tripled, and farmers can send their children to school, put food on the table and access proper health care.”

Why Sustainability is Good for People, Planet, and Profitability

Why Sustainability is Good for People, Planet, and Profitability

When you look at a bag of coffee in one of our stores — it’s a beautifully packaged product. But consider what’s inside the bag and the journey of those beans. Every bag of coffee begins with a family, and healthy communities grow healthy coffee.

Recycling in One of the World’s Largest Coffee Roasting Plants

Recycling in One of the World’s Largest Coffee Roasting Plants

Starbucks York Roasting Plant received the UL certification for being a 100% Landfill Diversion facility in May of 2014. Since then, Starbucks partners in York have continued to find ways to recycle even the smallest items, such as ear plugs.

Starbucks Global Responsibility Report: Exploring the Role of a Public Company

Starbucks Global Responsibility Report: Exploring the Role of a Public Company

“I strongly believe that today, more than ever, companies such as Starbucks must use their platforms and resources to create opportunities for their people, as well as for the communities they serve," said Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz.

Starbucks Community Tables, Made in the USA

Starbucks Community Tables, Made in the USA

An order for two dozen community tables from a family-owned furniture business in North Carolina is one of the ways Starbucks exhibits its commitment to locally-relevant design using sustainable materials. 

Starbucks Mexico Donates 180,000 Rust Resistant Coffee Plants

Starbucks Mexico Donates 180,000 Rust Resistant Coffee Plants

Recognizing the impact that rust was having on farmers' crops, Starbucks launched TODOS SEMBRAMOS CAFÉ last summer to direct 100% of the profits from whole-bean Shade Grown Mexico Coffee sold in Starbucks stores in Mexico.

Partners with Disabilities: Success at Starbucks Largest Distribution Plant

Partners with Disabilities: Success at Starbucks Largest Distribution Plant

The Inclusion Academy is the result of a year-long collaboration between Starbucks and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). Starbucks provides training space at the Carson Valley plant and instructors for on-the-job and soft-skills practice. 

In Ethiopia: Happy Farmer, Happy Coffee

In Ethiopia: Happy Farmer, Happy Coffee

"I’ve seen folks saving rainwater and feeding coffee seedlings. I asked, why aren’t you using streamwater? These old men say, “Young man you know nothing. These are the tears of God. We give our seedlings rainwater for fertility,” said Arthur Karuletwa, director of Traceability.

Starbucks Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Starbucks Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

For the ninth year in a row, Starbucks is one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies according to the Ethisphere Institute. Only 132 companies were chosen from thousands of nominations worldwide.

How Starbucks Helps Coffee Farmers Thrive in Chiapas, Mexico

How Starbucks Helps Coffee Farmers Thrive in Chiapas, Mexico

“All year long we cared for and fertilized our coffee plants. In November, when the cherries were almost ripe, we began to see some plants with the fungus. They turned yellow and completely dried out in a few days,” explained Moreno, owner of La Victoria farm in Jaltenango, Chiapas. 

Starbucks is Recognized for ‘Serving Up Innovation Around the Globe’

Starbucks is Recognized for ‘Serving Up Innovation Around the Globe’

From sustainable store designs to generous partner (employee) benefits, Starbucks has created a culture that has helped it lead the global coffee business.  Now it’s planning to do the same in the rapidly growing beverage categories of juice and tea.

How Your Morning Cup of Coffee Supports Farmers and their Families in Sumatra

How Your Morning Cup of Coffee Supports Farmers and their Families in Sumatra

Unlike many coffee growing regions, where the harvested coffee cherries go straight to processing, in Sumatra, they are processed in backyards and patios.

Witnessing How $12 Million from Starbucks and its Customers Changes Lives

Witnessing How $12 Million from Starbucks and its Customers Changes Lives

Four Starbucks partners (employees) traveled to Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali recently to witness how funding is enhancing medical facilities and improving the lives of those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.