With its 2016 Global Social Impact Report, Starbucks is sharing its vision for 2020 and beyond.
The company outlined its plans in the areas of coffee sustainability, greener retail and community engagement. Its comprehensive set of goals includes the company’s recent hiring commitments, planting trees, renewable energy and food rescue. The report also highlights the company’s new plans to reduce the environmental impact of its cups, engage partners in environmental leadership, and promote community service in its more than 25,000 stores.
“As a company, we are committed to using our scale to positively impact the communities we serve around the world,” said John Kelly, senior vice president of Global Social Impact and Public Policy.
“These goals represent our aspiration to create impact on the issues that matter.”
The report demonstrates the impact Starbucks partners have made in communities around the world – what new coffee trees mean for a second-generation farmer in Guatemala, how a barista in Beijing is helping his community, and why a store manager in San Antonio is working to end hunger. The report also highlights the impact the company has made working with strategic partner organizations.
"Providing healthy trees to farmers in coffee-growing regions makes existing lands more productive and keeps us from expanding into forests," said Dr. M. Sanjayan, Conservation International executive vice president and senior scientist. "We’re proud to stand alongside Starbucks in this long-term endeavor to ensure that both livelihoods and nature around the world are vibrant and healthy.”
The Global Social Impact Report is as follows:
Starbucks is working to increase the prosperity and resilience of the one million farmers and workers who grow Starbucks coffee around the world by investing in coffee communities, sharing technical coffee knowledge, and innovating with new agricultural approaches.
Starbucks hopes to be the world’s largest green retail business, building and operating stores with an aim to minimize its environmental footprint.
Starbucks pledged its dedication to creating pathways to meaningful employment for veterans and military spouses, Opportunity Youth and refugees.
Every Starbucks store is a part of a community, and Starbucks works to strengthen each neighborhood it serves.
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