Essay on Starbucks: Green with Envy

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To inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. – Starbucks Mission Statement From the very beginning Starbucks has been driven to higher standards and to be known for their commitment to the environment as well as their delicious coffee. They call it “corporate citizenship”. Since 2001 Starbucks has been assessing their environmental footprint and making the results known to the general public in the hopes of inspiring others in a report called the “Shared Planet” report. From the time they opened their first store in 1971 the company has developed and committed itself to programs in ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship, community involvement, coffee purchasing & farmer support,…show more content…
They have made strides to be more energy efficient by working to minimize the amount of energy consumed; using renewable energy sources to decrease their carbon footprint. They have worked to design equipment and store designs that operate in ways that reduce the amount of water and other natural resources. Special attention has been given to how they construct their stores by using responsible building material that offer more efficient energy designs. Finally, the company has made a commitment to the world’s coffee-growing regions by utilizing systems to help farmers and reduce the impact the process may have on the environment and the lives of the farmers. Strengths According to the Shared Planet report, the company is making progress in their goal to develop comprehensive recycling solutions for their paper and plastic cups. They have advocated and improved recycling structures by implementing the use of PCF in their packaging, and they’ve had a positive effect of their partners (employees) and customers by encouraging them to use recycled cups. The company achieved its goal to increase the purchase of renewable energy to the equivalent of 58% of the electricity used in their stores in 2010. Starbucks has made significant progress in their quest to build greener stores by completing plans that include 10 store designs. The company is also making strides by reducing water consumption

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