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Membership No.

3-0086-16-000-00

Category

Ordinary

Sector

Retailers

Country/Region

United States

Member since

29 April 2016

Starbucks Corporation

Profile

Our story began in 1971. Back then we were a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices with a single store in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Today, we are privileged to connect with millions of customers every day with exceptional products and nearly 18,000 retail stores in 60 countries.
 
To say Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quality whole bean coffees is very true. That's the essence of what we do - but it hardly tells the whole story. Our coffeehouses have become a beacon for coffee lovers everywhere. Why do they insist on Starbucks? Because they know they can count on genuine service, an inviting atmosphere and a superb cup of expertly roasted and richly brewed coffee every time.


ACOP Report Submissions

ACOP PERIOD FILE NAME NOTES FILE SIZE
2018
  • Starbucks_Corporation-ACOP2018.pdf
  • 33.5 KB
    2017 starbucks corporation-ACOP2017.pdf 37.0 KB
    2016 starbucks corporation-ACOP2016.pdf 32.7 KB
    2015 starbucks coffee company-ACOP2015.pdf 30.3 KB

    Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    Since making our public commitment in 2013, we worked with our suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company owned stores globally by the end of 2015. We are now in the process of working with our licensed and joint venture partners to encourage them to adopt this same commitment. Only palm oil with a trace ability level of Mass Balance, Segregation, or stronger is acceptable. Green Palm Certificates are not accepted as they do not provide supply chain trace ability.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    Since Starbucks does not buy palm oil directly, we communicate our policy to our suppliers who source palm oil for the products they produce for us. We check that the suppliers have certificates from their palm oil suppliers that indicate the compliant level of certification and a valid expiration date. If a supplier uses a palm oil supplier that ends up having an issue that is unresolvable or loses certification it is our expectation that they communicate with us and we work to reformulate the item so another supplier may be used.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    Since making our public commitment in 2013, we worked with our suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company owned stores globally by the end of 2015. We are now in the process of working with our licensed and joint venture partners to encourage them to adopt this same commitment. Only palm oil with a trace ability level of Mass Balance, Segregation, or stronger is acceptable. Green Palm Certificates are not accepted as they do not provide supply chain trace ability.
  • Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
    We are already a member but are changing from Associate membership to Ordinary membership in order to voluntarily disclose volumes of palm oil used by suppliers to make Starbucks branded products for company-operated stores.
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