Tackling Climate Change
In addition to increased erosion and infestation by pests, coffee farmers are reporting shifts in rainfall and harvest patterns that are hurting their communities and shrinking the available usable land in coffee regions around the world.
Addressing climate change is a big priority for Starbucks. We believe now is the time to increase our investments in solutions and strategies that address this crisis. The steps we're taking not only address our environmental footprint – they help ensure the supply of high quality coffee that our customers expect from us into the future.
What We've Been Doing
Starbucks has been implementing a climate change strategy since 2004, focusing on renewable energy, energy conservation, and collaboration and advocacy. We're working to significantly shrink our environmental footprint by conserving energy and water, reducing the waste associated with our cups, increasing recycling and incorporating green design into our stores. We're also committed to championing progressive climate change policy in partnership with other businesses and organisations.
Last year we engaged 29 coffee-growing communities in Sumatra, Indonesia, and Chiapas, Mexico – regions with distinctly sensitive environments and differing coffee-growing traditions – in the pilot programmes. We’re now working to engage at least 20 additional communities in these areas.
Through our expanded relationship with Conservation International, we’re piloting forest conservation incentive programmes that link coffee farmers to carbon markets. Under this model, we’re working with farmers to carry out actions that reduce carbon emissions.