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  • Overall approach
    10/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-net-deforestation
      2/6
      "We are committed to pursuing zero net deforestation across our supply chain."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "In June 2004, Starbucks joined the UN Global Compact, a voluntary international network of corporations, UN agencies, trade unions and nongovernmental organizations that support 10 universal principles. "
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Deforestation is having a devastating impact on our planet, destroying habitat, decreasing biodiversity and damaging communities. We are focused on tackling the issue where we have the greatest opportunity to have impact."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      "By 2030, Starbucks will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent" - its 2018 Environmental Baseline Report shows a breakdown of Starbuck's current carbon footprint including emissions from land use change, so this should be included in their reduction target
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 1.6 million tons

      Which method is used to calculate the GHG emissions arising from land use change?: Not specified
      "16 MILLION TONSof greenhouse gases were emitted in2018 across Starbucks full valuechain, including Land Use Change [...] Land Use Change: for the firsttime in this year’s footprint,accounts for 10% of totalemissions." This means that land use change accounted for 1.6 million tons of carbon emissions in 2018.
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 210,258 ha
      "Goals & Progress: Forest Carbon Programs. Goal: Improve farmers’ access to carbon markets, helping them generate additional income while protecting the environment. We continued to learn from our pilot in Indonesia and have seen significant improvements with the program’s implementation in Mexico. Forests protected: 210,258 hectares.
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    20/84
    • Palm oil
      31/84
      • Commitment Strength
        15/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "We are committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil [...] as well as a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managingexisting plantations on peat according to best practices. As members of the Roundtable on SustainablePalm Oil (RSPO), we are engaging the organization and other industry stakeholders regardingsustainable production practices and support efforts [...] Since making our commitment in 2013, we worked with our suppliers to ensure they use only RSPOcertified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company owned stores globally by the end of 2015.We are now in the process of working with our licensed and joint venture partners to encourage themto adopt this same commitment. Only palm oil with a traceability level of Mass Balance, Segregation, orstronger is acceptable. GreenPalm Certificates are not accepted as they do not provide supply chaintraceability."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We are committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil [...] as well as a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managingexisting plantations on peat according to best practices. As members of the Roundtable on SustainablePalm Oil (RSPO), we are engaging the organization and other industry stakeholders regardingsustainable production practices and support efforts [...] Since making our commitment in 2013, we worked with our suppliers to ensure they use only RSPOcertified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company owned stores globally by the end of 2015.We are now in the process of working with our licensed and joint venture partners to encourage themto adopt this same commitment. Only palm oil with a traceability level of Mass Balance, Segregation, orstronger is acceptable. GreenPalm Certificates are not accepted as they do not provide supply chaintraceability."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2015
            "Since making our commitment in 2013, we worked with our suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO-certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company owned stores globally by the end of 2015.We are now in the process of working with our licensed and joint venture partners to encourage them to adopt this same commitment."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "we are committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. [...] as well as a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices. As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we are engaging the organization and other industry stakeholders regarding sustainable production practices and support efforts."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "we are committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. [...] as well as a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices. As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we are engaging the organization and other industry stakeholders regarding sustainable production practices and support efforts."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            No target date given for FULL implementation of commitment (ie. for bringing licensed and joint venture partners into compliance) - "Since making our commitment in 2013, we worked with our suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO-certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company owned stores globally by the end of 2015.We are now in the process of working with our licensed and joint venture partners to encourage themto adopt this same commitment."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "We require our suppliers to communicate and uphold these Standards with their employees, suppliers, contractors and subcontractors [...] Starbucks will not tolerate the use of any forced or involuntary labor, either directly or indirectly, by our suppliers, contractors or subcontractors [...] Suppliers will not employ any persons under the age of 15 [...] s. Suppliers shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, parental status, pregnancy, or other similar factors in hiring practices or any other term or condition of work [...] Suppliers must recognize and respect the right of workers to freedom of association and to bargain collectively."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Starbucks require suppliers to ensure that their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            According to Starbucks' 2018 ACOP, they used 3,256.22 tons of palm oil and palm oil products in 2018, of which 1,113.53 were RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "we are committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. [...] as well as a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices. As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we are engaging the organization and other industry stakeholders regarding sustainable production practices and support efforts."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 34%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            According to Starbucks' 2018 ACOP, they used 3,256.22 tons of palm oil and palm oil products in 2018, of which 1,113.53 were RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%
            "we are committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. [...] as well as a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices. As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we are engaging the organization and other industry stakeholders regarding sustainable production practices and support efforts."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 2,663.16Tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the certified volume?: 593.06Tonnes

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          Total volume is reported in the 2018 ACOP report "Consistent with our initial public-stated commitment, we will report on our progress toward our 100% goal through RSPO’s Annual Communications of Progress reporting process."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      24/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Today, Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from nearly 1,500 stores across Japan and begin providing paper straws to customers starting in January 2020. The new paper straws are made from responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Only applies
            "Today, Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from nearly 1,500 stores across Japan and begin providing paper straws to customers starting in January 2020. The new paper straws are made from responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Today, Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from nearly 1,500 stores across Japan and begin providing paper straws to customers starting in January 2020. The new paper straws are made from responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Today, Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from nearly 1,500 stores across Japan and begin providing paper straws to customers starting in January 2020. The new paper straws are made from responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Double the recycled content, recyclability and compostability, and reusability of our cups and packaging by 2022" [...] "We’ve decreased the use of virgin paper fiber and trees by incorporating post-consumer fiber (PCF) into our cups"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            "Double the recycled content, recyclability and compostability, and reusability of our cups and packaging by 2022" [...] "We’ve decreased the use of virgin paper fiber and trees by incorporating post-consumer fiber (PCF) into our cups"
          • Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            "Double the recycled content, recyclability and compostability, and reusability of our cups and packaging by 2022" [...] "We’ve decreased the use of virgin paper fiber and trees by incorporating post-consumer fiber (PCF) into our cups"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Double the recycled content, recyclability and compostability, and reusability of our cups and packaging by 2022" [...] "We’ve decreased the use of virgin paper fiber and trees by incorporating post-consumer fiber (PCF) into our cups"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "We require our suppliers to communicate and uphold these Standards with their employees, suppliers, contractors and subcontractors [...] Starbucks will not tolerate the use of any forced or involuntary labor, either directly or indirectly, by our suppliers, contractors or subcontractors [...] Suppliers will not employ any persons under the age of 15 [...] s. Suppliers shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, parental status, pregnancy, or other similar factors in hiring practices or any other term or condition of work [...] Suppliers must recognize and respect the right of workers to freedom of association and to bargain collectively."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Starbucks require suppliers to ensure that their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Today, Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from nearly 1,500 stores across Japan and begin providing paper straws to customers starting in January 2020. The new paper straws are made from responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification
            "Today, Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from nearly 1,500 stores across Japan and begin providing paper straws to customers starting in January 2020. The new paper straws are made from responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Sustainable Packaging Coalition

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Starbucks has been a majorparticipant in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          "Failure to meet a corrective action plan commitment will be considered a material breach of our agreement and may result in cancellation of current orders and/or termination of our contractual relationship. Gross violations or illegal activities will be cause for outright and immediate termination of our contractual and business relationship."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      5/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "We require our suppliers to communicate and uphold these Standards with their employees, suppliers, contractors and subcontractors [...] Starbucks will not tolerate the use of any forced or involuntary labor, either directly or indirectly, by our suppliers, contractors or subcontractors [...] Suppliers will not employ any persons under the age of 15 [...] s. Suppliers shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, parental status, pregnancy, or other similar factors in hiring practices or any other term or condition of work [...] Suppliers must recognize and respect the right of workers to freedom of association and to bargain collectively."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Starbucks require suppliers to ensure that their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    10/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    5/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Starbucks Corp. is the owner of the Starbucks chain of coffee stores and several other subsidiaries operating across the food and beverage industry. In 2015 Starbucks was ranked as the largest chain of coffee shops in the world by number of stores. In 2017 it had over 24,000 outlets in 70 countries. In addition to coffee, Starbucks Corp. also trades in teas, bottled drinks, baked goods, snacks and other food items. Its range of products and packaging leave it exposed to various forest risk commodities including palm oil, soy and paper. Starbucks Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Fast food
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Starbucks, Teavana, Evolution Fresh

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