Our Relationships

Cultivating Change– one relationship at a time.

Starbucks is committed to doing business responsibly and helping communities thrive. And while our vision is big, we’re doing things to extend our reach at the same time. We are focused on galvanizing a passionate network of our diverse partners, customers, nonprofit organizations, businesses and civic leaders for innovative, positive change. Each relationship brings specialized expertise and experience to the table, and they work with us to create innovative solutions that support our commitments to ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and community involvement. Every one of them plays a part in our success, and they’re crucial to helping us reach our goals.

We're proud to work with:

Abyssinian Development Corporation

Abyssinian Development Corporation

In addition to providing housing, workforce development and social service programs in the Central Harlem neighborhood, Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) supports the integral role that education plays in the economic well-being of the individual and the community by operating six traditional public schools in Harlem and The Bronx.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community

http://www.adcorp.org

American Red Cross

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is the nation's premier emergency response organizations, and shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters. In addition, the Red Cross supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org

SINCE
2001

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community

http://www.redcross.org

Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans

Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans

AAMA (The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans) inspires and empowers Latinos to pursue and achieve their potential. Since our founding in 1970, AAMA has been a leader helping youth and adults in Houston and San Antonio advance their dreams through innovative education, health and social services programs.

SINCE
2012

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community

http://www.aama.org

Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers

Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is the national trade association representing companies who acquire, reprocess and sell the output of more than 90 percent of the post-consumer plastic processing capacity in North America. Its membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins. APR strongly advocates the recycling of all post-consumer plastic packaging.

APR promotes development of the plastics recycling industry by providing leadership for long-term industry growth and vitality.

SINCE
2010

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Impact

http://www.plasticsrecycling.org

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

Business for Social Responsibility

Starbucks is part of BSR’s global network of companies that are working together to advance social and environmental responsibility and find responsible solutions both within and across industries.

SINCE
1994

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://www.bsr.org

Calvert Foundation

Calvert

Calvert Foundation helps investors put their money to work in a way that has the potential to deliver a financial return to them and social returns to society. “Impact investment” creates a virtuous circle of empowerment, opportunity, and engagement by connecting investors, underprivileged individuals, and communities.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://www.calvertfoundation.org

Catalyst

Catalyst

Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, and more than 600 members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.

SINCE
2013

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Global Diversity & Inclusion

http://www.catalyst.org

Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy

Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy

Starbucks is a member of Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) a coalition of consumer-facing companies calling for climate and energy legislation. The effort is coordinated by Ceres, who works with Starbucks and other companies to address environmental challenges.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

http://www.ceres.org/bicep

Conservation International

Conseravation International

Conservation International has worked with us to design and continuously improve the environmental, social and economic guidelines we use to source ethical coffee. These guidelines, known as Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, help us to evaluate and reward producers of high-quality, socially responsible and sustainably grown coffee. Conservation International’s Verde Ventures also provides support for small- and medium-sized businesses that contribute to healthy ecosystems and human well-being. Through Verde Ventures, Starbucks provides loan capital earmarked for coffee farmers, including those who are participating in C.A.F.E. Practices.

SINCE
1998

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://www.conservation.org

DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy to help classrooms in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give any amount to the ones that inspire them.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community

http://www.donorschoose.org

Foodservice Packaging Institute/Paper Recovery Alliance

Foodservice Packaging Institute

The Foodservice Packaging Institute, Inc. (FPI) is committed to providing a legal forum to promote the responsible use of all foodservice packaging. In 2011, the Paper Recovery Alliance (PRA) was launched as a separate member-funded project within FPI. The PRA brings together a group of organizations working collaboratively to create solutions for the recovery and processing of used paper foodservice packaging.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

http://www.fpi.org

Global Green USA

Global Green USA

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.

SINCE
2007

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

http://www.globalgreen.org

Global Social Compliance Programme

Global Social Compliance Programme

The Global Social Compliance Programme is a business-driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The GSCP was created by and for global buying companies wanting to work collaboratively on improving the sustainability (social and environmental) of their often-shared supply base. To this end, these companies are working on harmonizing existing efforts to deliver a shared, global and sustainable approach based on consensus and best existing practice.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://www.gscpnet.com

Incofin Investment Management

Incofin Investment Management

Incofin Investment Management, Fairtrade International and Grameen Foundation announced they are establishing the first fund to focus on the unmet demand of smallholder farmers for long-term loans. Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) joins as the Fund’s first anchor private investor with a $1.3m (€1m) commitment. The Fund will offer investors both financial and demonstrable social results.

The Fairtrade Access Fund will provide farmers’ cooperatives and associations the long-term loans they need to renew their farms or adopt new technologies and equipment.

SINCE
2012

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

https://www.incofin.com
http://www.fairtrade.net
http://www.grameenfoundation.org

International Youth Foundation

International Youth Foundation

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) prepares young people to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens.  Educated, employed, and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. Every young person, therefore deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. IYF programs are catalysts for change that help youth learn, work, and lead.

IYF and its global network of in-country Partners have helped millions of young people gain access to the life skills, education, job training and development opportunities critical to their success.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

http://www.iyfnet.org

Los Angeles Urban League

Los Angeles Urban League

Founded in 1921, the Los Angeles Urban League the city’s premier organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African Americans and other minority youths and adults through Neighborhoods@Work™, innovative job training and placement, youth achievement and business development programs.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community

http://www.laul.org

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps

Starbucks works with Mercy Corps on several projects to help improve health and access to clean water in coffee- and tea-growing regions.

SINCE
2003

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

http://www.mercycorps.org

Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance

Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance

MFHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the food and hospitality industry that educates, advocates for and connects its members with opportunities to build their cultural intelligence in order to effectively engage multicultural employees, customers and communities.

SINCE
2013

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Global Diversity & Inclusion

http://www.mfha.net

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

SINCE
2006

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Global Diversity & Inclusion

http://www.naacp.org

National Urban League

National Urban League

Established in 1910, the National Urban League (NUL) is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering disadvantaged African Americans and other underserved emerging populations in urban communities to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are nearly 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 36 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services focused primarily on workforce development, educational assistance and youth development, home ownership, and health and wellness to nearly 2.8 million people annually nationwide along with extensive advocacy and research.

SINCE
2005

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Global Diversity & Inclusion

http://www.nul.org

National Recycling Coalition

National Recycling Coalition

The National Recycling Coalition is a national non-profit advocacy group; a professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of recycling and sustainable materials management.

The Mission of the National Recycling Coalition is to partner with and facilitate activities between and among non-profit organizations (NGOs), businesses, trade associations, individuals and government to maintain a prosperous and productive American recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://nrcrecycles.org

Points of Light

Points of Light

To meet the quickly changing needs of communities around the world, volunteer organizations must be able to help people make the greatest impact possible with not only their time, but also their talent, voice and money. As the world’s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy, Points of Light connects people to their power to create positive change and address the critical needs of our communities.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community

http://www.pointsoflight.org

Product(RED)TM

Product(RED)

Product(RED)™ leverages the purchasing power of consumers and translates it to helping others. Since launching our partnership with (RED)™ in December 2008, Starbucks has contributed nearly $10 million to the Global Fund to help those living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

http://www.joinred.com

Root Capital

Root Capital

Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.

SINCE
2004

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://www.rootcapital.org

Save the Children

Save the Children Foundation

Save the Children helps children survive and thrive by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. Starbucks works with Save the Children to help address the needs of children in coffee-farming communities.

SINCE
2005

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

http://www.savethechildren.org/donate

Sustainable Food Lab

Sustainable Food Laboratory

Starbucks is a member of the Sustainable Food Lab, a group of business and civil society leaders from around the globe, working to accelerate the shift of sustainable food from niche to mainstream. Starbucks is a founding member of the SFL Business Coalition, which works to create an industry-wide platform for continuous improvement regarding social and environmental performance in food systems and agriculture.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://www.sustainablefoodlab.org

Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC) is an industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, we endeavor to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.

The SPC is a project of GreenBlue®, a nonprofit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable.

SINCE
2004

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Impact

http://www.sustainablepackaging.org

UK Youth

UK Youth

UK Youth is a leading national youth development charity supporting over three quarters of a million young people. We do this by developing, promoting and delivering a range of innovative education programmes in partnership with a national network of member organisations.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Community Involvement

http://www.ukyouth.org

US Business Leadership Network

US Business Leadership Network

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is a national non-profit, non-partisan business to business network promoting workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are included. The USBLN® serves as the collective voice of over 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses.

SINCE
2005

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Global Diversity & Inclusion

http://www.usbln.org

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

United States Green Building Council

The USGBC developed and oversees the green building certification system known as LEED. Starbucks has been a leader in working with the USGBC to develop the LEED green building certification system for retailers and on a program that will allow companies with multiple locations to develop sustainable store design.

SINCE
2000

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

http://new.usgbc.org

Washington State Recycling Association

Washington State Recycling Association

Established in 1976, the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling education and promotion in Washington State and the entire Northwest region. WSRA leads the recycling industry through providing a sector-wide innovation and networking platform, advanced education, legislative advocacy, public awareness campaigns, and professional development.

SINCE
2008

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Environmental Stewardship

http://www.wsra.net

Women's Foodservice Forum

Women's Foodservice Forum

Women in Foodservice Forum

The WFF is the premier leadership development organization for advancing women in the foodservice industry. For more than 20 years, WFF has been delivering content, developing competence, and building connections that drive growth for individuals as well as organizations in the foodservice industry.

SINCE
2011

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Global Diversity & Inclusion/Staffing

http://www.womensfoodserviceforum.org

World Cocoa Foundation

World Cocoa Foundation

The World Cocoa Foundation is committed to creating a sustainable cocoa economy by putting farmers first – promoting agricultural and environmental stewardship, and strengthening development in cocoa-growing communities.

SINCE
2003

AREA OF COLLABORATION
Ethical Sourcing

http://worldcocoafoundation.org