Starbucks Goes Eco

Starbucks chief pushes for fair-trade and eco-friendly coffee.

November 2, 2004, 11:00 AM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

Starbucks has served as a convenient target for the anti-globalization crowd. Now CEO Orin Smith is fighting back against the company's bad reputation. He announced that, by 2007, Starbucks would attempt to procure 60 percent of its coffee from farmers following a strict set of environmental and labor rules under the Coffee and Farmer Equity (CAFE) Practices Program. Smith also announced that when he retires next March, he will head a $1 billion fundraising effort for Conservation International, the enviro nonprofit with which Starbucks developed the CAFE program. "We are well past the time when we can continue to make excuses that we can't do anything about these things," Smith said. "It isn't somebody else's problem."

Thanks to Grist Magazine

Sunday, October 31, 2004 in The Seattle Times


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