Starbucks: CSR & Sustainability News

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates 6,705 company-operated stores and 4,082 licensed stores in the United States; and 2,326 company-operated stores and 3,890 licensed stores in Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Thailand, and internationally. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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Little Coffee Pods Pose Giant Waste and Recycling Problems

As the consumption of coffee pods surges in the U.S., so do the questions about their disposal and recycling.
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Do Apple’s Tax Practices Reflect Irresponsible Capitalism?

The reports on Apple’s tax avoidance and Cook’s testimony once again brought up the question of tax fairness and what it means nowadays.…
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Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz in Favor of Raising U.S. Minimum Wage

Add Starbucks’ chief executive officer Howard Schultz to the list of business leaders in favor of an increase in the U.S. minimum wage.
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Starbucks Increases Ethical Sourcing Practices with New Farm in Costa Rica

This week Starbucks announced it would increase its ethical sourcing practices with the investment in a new farming and research center in Costa…
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Starbucks Will Source Only Sustainable Palm Oil By 2015

Green Century Management announced last week that Starbucks will only buy palm oil from suppliers with sustainable certification by 2015.

Why Corporate Tax Fairness Should Be Part of the CSR Agenda

Why you can’t call yourself a responsible company and minimize your tax bill to the lowest possible amount at the same time.
Corporations cannot be expected to pay more taxes than legally required. To increase public revenue, governments must amend tax codes.

Don’t Blame Google and Starbucks For Minimizing Their Tax Bills

Publicly traded companies like Google and Starbucks are fiduciarily beholden to their shareholders to maximize profits and minimize losses. Companies that fail to…
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Starbucks Needs More Than a $1 Reusable Cup to Boost Recycling

Last week media outlets were abuzz with Starbucks’ announcement that company-owned stores will sell reusable cups for $1 to boost recycling.
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Hijacked Starbucks Twitter Campaign in the UK Ends Up an Epic Cluster F-F-F Frappuccino

Starbucks UK suffered an epic social media fail when someone decided it would be a good idea to have a Twitter campaign hashtag,…
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The CSR Christmas List: Who’s Naughty and Who Is Nice?

This month Consumer Reports came out with a “Naughty and Nice” list that focuses on what companies succeeded and failed. We have our…

Ban Styrofoam? LA Schools & Jamba Juice Say Yes

LA bans styrofoam from lunchrooms after student protests. Jamba Juice aims to phase out styrofoam after a petition by a ten year old.…

Starbucks’ Extra Shot of Energy (Efficiency)

Starbucks is hosting an energy efficiency competition among ten of its own stores to see who can cut electricity use the most in…

Why the Intersection of Cause and Commerce is Not Black or White

People who mix business and pro-social goals are often portrayed as either opportunistic corporate "cause washers" cynically exploiting nonprofits, or visionary social entrepreneurs…

Are the Greatest Brands in the World Sustainable?

What makes a brand a great brand? And is there something common to all the great brands that differentiate them from the ordinary…

Social Media: A New Tactic for Corporate Sustainability?

Companies are increasingly using social media as a tactic for corporate social responsibility and sustainability communications.