Starbucks Commits to a Resource-Positive Future, Giving More than It Takes from the Planet (article by Sustainable Brands, January 2020)

Extract from the SB article, January 2020:

“In a public letter to all company stakeholders, CEO Kevin Johnson sets 2030 science-based targets for carbon, water and waste as part of a multi-decade aspiration.

Hot on the heels of a similarly groundbreaking, industry-leading announcement last week from Microsoft, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson outlined today, in a public letter, a multi-decade commitment to become a resource-positive company — aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet. The announcement included science-based preliminary targets for the reduction of carbon emissions, water use and waste by 2030; and outlined five strategies the company has identified to move toward them.

“As we approach the 50th anniversary of Starbucks in 2021, we are looking ahead with a heightened sense of urgency and conviction that we must challenge ourselves, think bigger and do much more in partnership with others to take care of the planet we share,” Johnson said.

“Our aspiration is to become resource positive — storing more carbon than we emit, eliminating waste; and providing more clean, fresh water than we use. This aspiration is grounded in Starbucks’ mission. By embracing a longer-term economic, equitable and planetary-value proposition for our company, we will create greater value for all stakeholders.”

With the help of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Quantis, a comprehensive, data-driven environmental footprint of carbon emissions, water use and waste in Starbucks’ global operations and supply chain informed the five strategies to prioritize work:

  1. Expanding plant-based options, migrating toward a more environmentally friendly menu.
  2. Shifting from single-use to reusable packaging — a transition it’s already begun through its fueling of Closed Loop Partners’ NextGen Cup Challenge.
  3. Investing in innovative and regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation, forest conservation and water replenishment throughout its supply chain.
  4. Investing in better ways to manage waste — both in Starbucks stores and in its communities — to ensure more reuse, recycling and elimination of food waste.
  5. Innovating to develop more sustainable stores, operations, manufacturing and delivery.

Johnson also outlined three preliminary targets for 2030:

  1. A 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions in Starbucks’ direct operations and supply chain.
  2. 50 percent of water withdrawal for direct operations and coffee production will be conserved or replenished with a focus on communities and basins with high water risk.
  3. A 50 percent reduction in waste sent to landfill from stores and manufacturing, driven by a broader shift toward a circular economy. To underscore its commitment to a circular economy, Starbucks has signed onto the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, setting ambitious circular targets for its packaging.”

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