Supplier Diversity Program
Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond us to the suppliers we work with.
By actively seeking diverse-owned businesses to purchase from, we help build prosperous communities. We believe our Supplier Diversity Program has been a great success, and we’re happy to report that the amount of business we conduct with diverse suppliers grows every year.
In addition to our buying practices, we support supplier diversity outreach projects sponsored by various organizations including the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and our local Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council. These projects include opportunity fairs, business development roundtables and supplier development projects.
We believe Supplier Diversity is a smart business decision and business imperative in today’s business climate. It helps us identify and deliver high-quality products and services across all business channels, while driving value and economic development in the communities we serve.
Who is eligible?
Do you qualify as a Diverse Supplier?
Suppliers interested in doing business through Starbucks U.S./Canadian Supplier Diversity Program must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or legal resident and 51% owned and operated by a woman, minority, veteran, person with disability, LGBTQ, or a socio-economically disadvantaged small business.
Certified by one of the following agencies:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council or regional affiliate
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
- National Women Business Owners Corporation
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC)
- National-Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
- Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
- Socio-economically disadvantaged Small Business
- Other government or public agency
In this program, diverse groups are defined as: African-American; Asian-Indian American; Asian-Pacific American; Hispanic-American; Native American/Aboriginal; Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender; Person with a disability; Veteran with a disability; and Veterans.
If you have questions about working with Starbucks as a Diverse Supplier, please see our Supplier Diversity FAQs and Resources.
It takes a distinct supplier mix to help us execute the Starbucks Experience for our customers inside and outside our stores. We are looking for suppliers to support product and service needs across our enterprise. Starbucks needs span across our brand portfolio: Starbucks Coffee, Teavana®, La Boulange®, Evolution Fresh™, Seattle’s Best Coffee, SIREN Retail, including but not limited to:
- Food & Beverage - opportunities include: Fresh & Frozen assembly; Bakers/Bakeries of baked goods; Ingredient suppliers (butter, milk, cheese, eggs, flour, syrups, sauces, meats, dry blending, condiments, toppings etc.); Pre-packaged prepared food products (grab-n-go or ready to heat); Produce (fruits, vegetables, nuts/spices, leafy greens). Our minimum requirements for any supplier in this category is being GSFI certified & meeting our clean label requirements to support our health & wellness program which includes ethical sourcing & animal welfare.
- Store Development - opportunities are for General Contractors, Architects, Designers, Commercial furniture manufacturers, lighting, furnishings, fixtures, small-wares, beverage equipment, Commercial restaurant equipment (i.e. freezers, refrigerators, dishwashers, non-brewing equipment) & sustainable raw materials suppliers across the USA and Canada.
- Print production which has needs with existing store concepts, our products, our brands. Consumer Products Group opportunities globally with signage, co-packing and product packaging opportunities. This includes opportunities in the development and manufacturing of merchandise that extends the Starbucks’ brand experience in and outside our retail footprint.
- Logistics, Distribution & Transportation
- Capital Equipment
- Office and MRO suppliers
- Facilities Management
The Starbucks Mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time as a performance driven company, through the lens of humanity. Starbucks global sourcing supports this in 5 ways: Designing a flexible, dynamic supply network; Leveraging suppliers who enhance our margins & increase certainty; Building a supply base to expedite our growth & innovation; Establishing supplier relationships that protect and elevate our brand that creates a shared value relationship.
Why Get Certified?
Certification increases a company’s visibility for opportunity. Currently, minorities represent 35% of the population but only 21% of all businesses and 3.5% of gross receipts. But in 2011, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) reported that once certified and part of the NMSDC network, over two-thirds of minority business enterprises confirm business increases due to their partnerships with the council’s corporate members.
WMBE is an acronym for woman- or minority-owned business enterprise.
Email a company profile & capabilities statement to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your profile & capabilities is reviewed and submitted to the various sourcing teams assigned to the products and/or services your company provides. Your company will be contacted directly by the sourcing team if there are bid opportunities that align with your company’s capabilities.
You can contact any of the 3rd party certification agencies above that you identify with or one of their regional affiliates for their certification process & fees.
- No. In all of our sourcing opportunities, Starbucks awards business to the right supplier, based on quality, service and value. Our public policy can be found here.