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  • Overall approach
    4/14
    • 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
      UN Global Compact
      Starbucks are a member of the UN Global Compact.
    • 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."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    21/86
    • Palm oil
      39/86
      • Commitment Strength
        23/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "We have worked with suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company-owned stores globally by the end of 2015."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have worked with suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company-owned stores globally by the end of 2015."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have worked with suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company-owned stores globally by the end of 2015."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have worked with suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company-owned stores globally by the end of 2015."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have worked with suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company-owned stores globally by the end of 2015."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "We have worked with suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company-owned stores globally by the end of 2015."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We have worked with suppliers to ensure they use only RSPO certified palm oil for Starbucks-branded products in company-owned stores globally by the end of 2015."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Starbucks is committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. This approach is consistent with our C.A.F.E. and Cocoa Practices programs, and is a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Starbucks is committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. This approach is consistent with our C.A.F.E. and Cocoa Practices programs, and is a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Starbucks is committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. This approach is consistent with our C.A.F.E. and Cocoa Practices programs, and is a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Starbucks is committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. This approach is consistent with our C.A.F.E. and Cocoa Practices programs, and is a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Starbucks is committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. This approach is consistent with our C.A.F.E. and Cocoa Practices programs, and is a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Starbucks is committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. This approach is consistent with our C.A.F.E. and Cocoa Practices programs, and is a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Starbucks is committed to sourcing deforestation free, peat free, and exploitation free palm oil. This approach is consistent with our C.A.F.E. and Cocoa Practices programs, and is a stronger focus on preserving high carbon stock and remaining peat areas and managing existing plantations on peat according to best practices."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, Starbucks reported their total palm consumption as 3,256.22 tonnes, of which 1,113.53 tonnes was 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
            In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, Starbucks reported their total palm consumption as 3,256.22 tonnes, of which 1,113.53 tonnes was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, Starbucks reported their total palm consumption as 3,256.22 tonnes, of which 1,113.53 tonnes was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, Starbucks reported their total palm consumption as 3,256.22 tonnes, of which 1,113.53 tonnes was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          3,256.22 tonnes
          In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, Starbucks reported their total palm consumption as 3,256.22 tonnes, of which 1,113.53 tonnes was RSPO certified.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Starbucks require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • 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. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      5/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Starbucks require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • 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. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      19/86
      • Commitment Strength
        8/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Our goal: Double the recycled content [...] of our cups and packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal: Double the recycled content [...] of our cups and packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal: Double the recycled content [...] of our cups and packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Our goal: Double the recycled content [...] of our cups and packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Our goal: Double the recycled content [...] of our cups and packaging by 2022."
          • Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            "Our goal: Double the recycled content [...] of our cups and packaging by 2022."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal: Double the recycled content [...] of our cups and packaging by 2022."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            "Cups contain 10% post-consumer fiber." This was reported in Starbucks' 2017 Social Impact Report and verified by Moss Adams LLP. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing financial support
          "In 2018, Starbucks, in partnership with Closed Loop Partners, launched a global effort to bring together entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and recyclers to identify and commercialize the next generation of recyclable and/or compostable cup solutions via the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge".
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          375,823 metric tons
          In 2017, 375,823 metric tons was used for the following products globally in company operated stores: paper cups, sleeves, coffee traveler, small gift boxes, large shoppers, oatmeal bags, napkins, and pastry boxes. Reported to CDP
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Starbucks require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • 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. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    11/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    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, beef and paper. 

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

How we assess the Forest 500

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