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Starbucks Coffee Company

Our partnership with Starbucks is focused on encouraging best practices for coffee cultivation methods and providing overall support to CI's biodiversity conservation efforts.

  • In addition to being a source of some of the world’s best coffee, Costa Rica’s rainforest is also home to a vast array of interesting plants and animals including sticky-toed frogs, capuchin monkeys and bright colored butterflies. In an effort to connect its customers to both, in the Spring of 2007, Starbuck’s unveiled a new line of Costa Rican coffee along with a set of plush toys representing these spectacular critters. They were an instant success and stores across the country quickly sold out. For each plush animal sold, Starbucks donated 10 percent of the sale price to CI further supporting our work in the field.

  • Starbucks Increases Coffee Purchases under C.A.F.E. Practices Program In fiscal 2006, the amount of coffee purchased under the jointly developed C.A.F.E. Practices program increased from 77 million to 155 million pounds – a 100 percent increase. The amount of coffee purchased under the program in fiscal 2006 represents 53 percent of the total coffee purchased by Starbucks. more

  • Starbucks and CELB developed coffee purchasing guidelines in 2001 to support Starbucks commitment to purchase coffee that has been grown and processed by suppliers who meet important environmental, social, economic and quality standards. more

  • Starbucks is providing support for the development of CI's Conservation Coffee™ field projects around the world. Three coffee products sourced from CI's Conservation Coffee™ field projects are available in Starbucks retail stores. These include Starbucks Shade Grown Mexico™, and Starbucks Peru (currently available in select international markets).

  • In 2003, Starbucks agreed to provide $2.5 million in loans to support to CI's Verde Ventures. Prior to the launch of Verde Ventures, Starbucks provided a loan guarantee to support $1.4 million in loans made to coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico by CI and its partner, Ecologic Enterprise Ventures, Inc. from 2000-2003.

  • Starbucks and other coffee industry leaders played an advisory role for CI, the Rainforest Alliance and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in the production of the Conservation Principles for Coffee Production. The Principles formed a basis for the Starbucks Green Coffee Purchasing Guidelines and Preferred Supplier Pilot Program announced in 2001. more

  • Starbucks is a founding member of CI's Business & Biodiversity Council, a community of companies committed to leveraging their business experience and resources to conserve biodiversity. more

  • Starbucks was the "Premier Sponsor" of CI's 2002 fundraising dinner in Seattle, supporting CI's global biodiversity conservation efforts. Orin Smith, Starbucks CEO and President, chaired this event, which brought in $1.5 million, the largest amount raised in CI's history.

  • As part of it's popular Bearista Bear Line, Starbucks released Endagered Species Jaguar and Endangered Species Frog, in which a portion of the proceeds went to CI. Starbucks sold over 70,000 of the conservation themed bears, which included a hang tag with CI's mission and website.

  • Several Starbucks leaders are personally involved with CI, serving on various committees and councils. Former Starbucks president and CEO Orin Smith is an active member of CI's board of directors.

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