Starbucks Coffee Company

Advisory Council Member

Starbucks has a longstanding commitment to improving the sustainability and longevity of coffee production, specifically prioritizing making coffee the world’s first sustainable product. As a founding member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, Starbucks has been an industry leader in helping farmers overcome the challenges facing coffee communities, purchasing ethically sourced coffee and ensuring the long-term supply of high-quality coffee. To date, Starbucks has invested over $150 million to support coffee communities, improve the resilience of coffee chains and ensure a long-term supply of high-quality coffee for the industry.

Statement of support

“The Sustainable Coffee Challenge provides an unprecedented opportunity to join with others, share what we’re learning and ensure all coffee is sustainably sourced worldwide. Starbucks is not only proud to be a founding member of the Challenge but is also highly energized by the incredible momentum to invest in lasting solutions for coffee communities.” Kelly Goodejohn, VP, Global Coffee Sustainability and Education, Starbucks

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Partner Since December 2015

Our Commitments

By 2025, invest $100 million in our Global Farmer Fund to provide affordable access to credit to coffee farmers. Providing access to credit at reasonable terms is an important component of our farmer support model. By investing in farmer loans, we are helping cooperatives and farmers manage risk and strengthen their businesses.

In partnership with: Root Capital, Fairtrade Access Fund, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)


July 2022

Starbucks doubled the Global Farmer Fund to $100 million after committing an additional $50 million in FY21.

Since FY18, $54.8 million in loans to coffee businesses and farmers has been deployed. This program helps ensure a long-term supply of coffee by addressing the unmet business financing needs of farmers.

Status 55% complete
Target date 2025
Countries targeted Global

Ensure 100% of our coffee is ethically sourced through C.A.F.E. Practices or another externally audited system. C.A.F.E. Practices includes guidelines in four key areas: quality, economic accountability and transparency, social responsibility and environmental leadership. Taken together, the standards help farmers grow coffee in a way that’s better for both people and the planet.

In partnership with: Conservation International, SCS Global Services, Starbucks Suppliers


July 2022

The cornerstone of our ethical sourcing approach to buying coffee is Coffee Farmer and Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, which was one of the coffee industry’s first set of ethical sourcing standards when it launched in 2004. Developed in collaboration with Conservation International, C.A.F.E. Practices is a verification program that measures farms against economic, social and environmental criteria, designed to promote transparent, profitable and sustainable coffee growing practices while protecting the well-being of coffee farmers and workers, their families and their communities. Evidence shows that farmers participating in the program have higher productivity than country averages, which has helped Starbucks create a long-term supply of high-quality coffee while positively impacting the lives of coffee farmers and their communities.

Our goal is to ethically source and verify 100% of Starbucks coffee through C.A.F.E. Practices. In FY21, due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, auditing teams were unable to complete all the necessary in-person, on-farm audits to renew their active status in the program. As a result, 94.86% of our coffee in FY21 was sourced from C.A.F.E. Practice verified farms.

Status 94.9% complete
Target date ON-GOING
Countries targeted Global

Through the One Tree for Every Bag Program, donations of funds to plant more than 25 million trees have been raised. Going forward, Starbucks will quadruple its commitment by providing 100 million healthy coffee trees to farmers by 2025 by leveraging our green coffee purchases in coffee-growing communities most impacted by climate change.

In partnership with: Conservation International, ECOM


July 2022

Starbucks has a goal to provide 100 million coffee trees to farmers by 2025. In FY21, we distributed more than 10 million trees to farmers in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Over the past six years as part of our 10-year, 100 million-tree commitment, Starbucks has donated nearly 60 million coffee trees to farmers.

These new trees are bred to be resistant to coffee rust, a disease associated with climate change, and to help farmers improve the quality and yields of their harvest. In FY21, we announced a partnership with the Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia to distribute 23 million coffee seedlings to more than 12,000 C.A.F.E. Practices farmers over the next two and a half years with the goal of helping farmers renovate their farms and improving productivity and yields. In the last year, we have distributed more than 7 million coffee trees as part of this program. In addition, we have also expanded the program with a goal to distribute more than 45 million coffee trees to C.A.F.E. Practice-verified farmers in Colombia by 2023.

Status 60% complete
Target date 2025
Countries targeted El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico

Carbon Neutral Green Coffee by 2030
Starbucks will work to meet its 2030 target of carbon neutral green coffee, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in coffee at Origin then compensating for any remaining emissions, by deploying three primary strategies: 1) Decreasing carbon emissions in Starbucks supply chain by equipping farmers with precision agronomy tools. 2) Promoting and distributing climate-resistant tree varietals. 3) Protecting and restoring at-risk forests in key coffee landscapes.

In partnership with: Conservation International and others


In FY21, Starbucks announced a new goal to achieve carbon neutral green coffee by 2030. This commitment builds on Starbucks work to source coffee responsibly, for the betterment of people and planet, while we also work to empower farmers, improve their livelihoods and positively impact their communities, all with the aspiration of ensuring a sustainable future of coffee. To help achieve this goal, we are focused on on-farm carbon mitigation in our supply chain, leveraging precision agronomy to support better soil health and fertilizer management. Working across Starbucks Farmer Support Centers and in partnership with suppliers and farmers, we continue to collect soil samples to better help farmers understand the specific nutrients and fertilizer needed, with the intent to reduce green coffee’s carbon footprint while helping farmers to be more productive and resilient. To date, we have collected nearly 23,000 soil samples in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Rwanda and Kenya to help inform custom fertilization plans.

Target date 2030
Countries targeted Global

Conserve water usage in green coffee processing by 50% by 2030. Starbucks will achieve 50% conservation in water usage by 2030 by
- Conserving water by directly investing in new ecological wet mills (eco-mills) for C.A.F.E. Practice farms.
-Investing to make current water processing technology and machinery even more efficient.
-Developing water replenishment projects in coffee communities

In partnership with: Starbucks has joined the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, a CEO-led coalition, as well as the Water Resilience Coalition to elevate our corporate water agenda and partner with other leading companies on collective action projects in key basins around the world


FY21 Results: Committed to conserve water usage in green coffee processing by 50%; To date, contracted more than 1200 eco-wet mills.

Traditional coffee processing is water intensive. In FY21, Starbucks announced a goal to conserve water usage in green coffee processing by 50%. With 200,000 wet mills in Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practice supply chain to separate coffee fruit from coffee beans, Starbucks has an opportunity to conserve water by ensuring farmers have access to more environmentally friendly machines, which also standardizes quality and increases processing efficiency for farmers. In FY21, Starbucks contracted more than 1,200 eco-mills for coffee farms in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Kenya and Rwanda. The result has been up to 80% water savings in coffee processing where installed. As part of Starbucks long-term water strategy, we are developing water replenishment projects at Origin, with a focus on prioritizing action in high-risk basins while supporting watershed health, ecosystem resilience and water equity.

Target date 2030
Countries targeted Global