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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  • Elvia Almachi, 32, holds a bundle of recently harvested Fair Trade-certified roses. Elvia has been working at Agrogana for 12 years, and has been part of the Fair Trade committee. She has two daughters, 9 and 12. Elvia and her husband Luis Alberto Villegas, also an Agrogana employee, both participate in the weekend adult school program paid by the Fair Trade Premium.
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Friends Might Start Letting Friends Drink Starbucks

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Starbucks Drops the Spin for a Candid Q&A

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Starbucks Uses Systems Thinking to Develop a Recyclable Cup

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

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Starbucks Ditches All Non-Recyclables

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Starbucks will Provide More than Coffee: 13 Goals to Do Business More Responsibly

Let’s just get this out of the way in the beginning: I am not a fan of Starbucks. Years ago my favorite coffee…

Starbucks: Green or Greenwashed?

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Starbucks Challenge 3.0 – Sign the Letter

Green LA Girl and City Hippy have been enjoying some great success in getting Starbucks’ attention with regards to the “fair trade” coffee…

Starbucks Gets Award for Better Recycled Content

Sometimes I think Starbucks gets a hard time from people because they’re an easy target. That’s not to say they’re without flaws, or…