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Sustainability summary

Starbucks has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Starbucks is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Starbucks
Head office: Seattle, USA
Sector: Coffee brands
Categories : Coffee
Free Tags: Starbucks, Fairtrade

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Starbucks sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 January 2018 by Kamala
Last reviewed: 27 January 2018 by Hilary

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Starbucks takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its stores, and implementing energy efficiency measures to reduce the energy use in its supply chain, for instance with respect to agriculture practices. Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Starbucks increased its own operations climate footprint from 1,258 metric tons of CO2e in 2014 to 1,342 metric tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents an increase of around 6.7%. Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Starbucks reports that the absolute annual climate footprint of its supply chain beyond its own operations has increased from 9.7 Mton in 2014 to 10.7 Mton in 2015. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? In 2015, Starbucks purchased 100% renewable energy for their global company-operated stores' electricity consumption. Starbucks aims to invest 100% in renewable energy by 2020 to meet the brand's goal of being 100% climate neutral. But, the total share of electricity supply (including other owned premises) as well as sources are not clearly enough specified. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 5% of its volume? Starbucks claims 99% of their coffee is 'ethically' sourced through its own standard ‘C.A.F.E’, Fairtrade or another externally audited system. But, the share ‘C.A.F.E.’, Fairtrade and / or other external audit systems is not specified, as well as details about the external audit system (see link, page 5). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 20% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 40% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 60% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 80% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) use environmentally certified coffee and/ or tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials (which includes capsules and cups) are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Starbucks reports that their cups contain 10 % post-consumer recycled fiber provides incentives to customers to re-use their cup, but does not report the total percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging. Source
8. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Starbucks mentions it is active in waste separation and recycling. However, annual results of its waste reduction policy are not specified. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Starbucks implements policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, such as providing affordable credit to assure a more resilient coffee supply chain over time and projects in partnership with Conservation International such as The Sustainable Coffee Challenge and the C.A.F.E. Practices. However, clear results that go beyond social cer Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? Starbucks claims 99% of their coffee is 'ethically' sourced through its own standard ‘C.A.F.E’, Fairtrade or another externally audited system. But, the share ‘C.A.F.E.’, Fairtrade and / or other external audit systems is not specified, as well as details about the external audit system (see link, page 5). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) purchase at least 95% coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of coffee suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of coffee? Starbucks does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source