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.

A View from Britain: Greenwashing Profiteers

By Siobhán McGurrin, journalism graduate student, UCA London In recent years, Britain has established itself as a forerunner in ethical consumer consciousness due…
Starbucks Recycling-Lost in Translation? Seoul, Korea

Starbucks Pilot Program Recycles Cups into Napkins

This fall, Starbucks' stores in Chicago will start sending used cups to a Green Bay, WI, paper mill, where a Georgia Pacific facility…

BetaCup Challenge Contest Winner Not a Cup

The BetaCup Challenge Contest was created to generate ideas and sustainable solutions to reduce paper cup consumption and waste.  According to the website,…
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Consumers Are Confused on What is Green and Who to Trust

Consumer confusion on what is green and who to trust was the major theme of the market researchers presenting at the Sustainable Brands…
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How Companies Communicate Sustainability Strategies Online

More and more, company websites are becoming dynamic educational tools that businesses can use to communicate their sustainability strategy to stakeholders. As a…
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Starbucks Holds Cup Summit, More Talk About Reducing Environmental Impact

Learn about some of Starbucks initiatives to improve their corporate and social impact, and weigh in on whether Starbucks is truly a committed…

Is Tree Guilt Justified?

If you read the New York Times online (who doesn’t?) you can’t have missed Starbuck’s Make A Difference campaign on April 15th. The…
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Starbucks Shareholders Vote Down Recycling, Company Resists Cooperation

Starbucks, a company not new to environmental criticism, was recently faced with a seemingly modest proposal by a Starbucks shareholder to consider a…
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Shareholder Activists Hit Starbucks on Recycling

As I stood and watched the line of 12 in front of me at Starbucks the other day, I daydreamed about the load…

Friends Might Start Letting Friends Drink Starbucks

Coffee accounts for 80 percent of all Fair Trade certified products sold in the US, and with 40 million pounds of Fair Trade…
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Starbucks Isn’t Alone: Local-washing Is the New Black

Our post last week about 15th Ave Coffee & Tea—a coffee house that Starbucks opened this summer in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood but…

Surreptitious in Seattle: There’s a New Starbucks in Town, But You Wouldn’t Know It

One day, many years ago, Starbucks was a little coffee shop tucked away in a corner of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. If I…

Starbucks Drops the Spin for a Candid Q&A

Update: Starbucks offers a 10-cent discount in all of their stores in the U.S. and Canada to customers who bring in their own…

Starbucks Uses Systems Thinking to Develop a Recyclable Cup

Starbucks has taken a lot of flack in the past few years for its non-recyclable cups, lack of recycling bins, and shoddy water…

Coffee Activist Dean’s Beans Brews the Perfect Blend for Change

By Shel Horowitz Dean with the farmers of Atsabe, East Timor Dean Cycon, CEO of Dean’s Beans and award-winning author of Javatrekker: Dispatches…