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, Director of Ethical Sourcing, Starbucks

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Partner Since December 2015

Our Commitments

By 2020, invest $50 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)


August 23, 2019

We have committed and advanced $46 million in our Global Farmer Fund, and are on track to our goal of $50 million. In 2018, loans reached thousands of farmers in 14 countries to strengthen their coffee farms through tree renovation and infrastructure improvements. Our partners in this include Root Capital, FairTrade Access Fund, responsAbility, Inter-American Development Bank [IDB], Coex, delosAndes, and Mercon.

Assurance: 3rd Party Audited, based on Reporting Year 2018 that up to $21 million was committed through the Global Farmer Fund. The rest of the amount up to $46 million was committed and advanced in 2019. This recent amount is currently self-reported and will be audited as part of the regular 2019 end of year annual reporting.

Status 90% complete
Target date 2020
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


October 4, 2019

99% of Starbucks coffee was verified as ethically sourced under C.A.F.E. Practices [nearly 650 million pounds verified in 2018]. We have been 99% ethically sourced since 2015.

Although we are constantly striving for 100%, it’s that last 1% where some of our most important work happens, bringing on new farmers and cooperatives to help ensure the long-term future of coffee.

We are also helping farmers succeed and overcome challenges through mechanisms such as the Emergency Relief Fund, announced in 2018. As of October 4, the $20 million in relief have been paid. Before the 2018-2019 harvest when prices fell below the costs of production, Starbucks committed to an Emergency Farmer Relief Fund of up to $20 million for our supply chains in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala to enable farmers in “price-to-be-fixed” contract models — typically smallholder farmers — to receive a second payment after harvest, ending up with enough to cover the cost of production and be profitable. We have now dispersed those second payments to more than 8,000 farmers and are considering more we can do to support them as global coffee prices continue to be low.

Status 99% 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


August 23, 2019

As part of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge’s global commitment to provide one billion coffee healthy trees to farmers by 2025, we are on track for our part to provide 100 million of these trees to farmers in coffee-growing communities who are substantially impacted by climate change, and so far we have provided more than 40 million.

Status 40% complete
Target date 2025
Countries targeted El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico