Starbucks sells some "fair trade" coffee, but most isn't. Why not be the first to use only coffee that wasn't grown by exploited workers?My experience with Starbucks organics and free trade has been dismal. I embarrassed my husband no end once when I asked for organic milk and the barrista didn't have a clue what I was talking about.
Starbucks should own the "organic" category. So why is Starbucks about to stop offering organic milk in its coffee drinks?
So then I went home to check out their website, where Corporate Social Responsibility then had a really big position on the page. It is now buried under "About Us," but it still has a lot to say about how good they are. Why isn't this evident in their coffee and milk?
They even have a little game about sustainability you can play online.
Doing Business in a Different WayContributing positively to our communities and environment is so important to Starbucks that it’s one of the six guiding principles of our mission statement. We work together on a daily basis with partners (employees), suppliers and farmers to help create a more sustainable approach to high-quality coffee production, to help build stronger local communities, to minimize our environmental footprint and to be responsive to our customers’ health and wellness needs.
One thing positive about Starbucks is that they at least claim to source all their milk from non-rBGH milk:
As of the beginning of January, our entire core dairy supply – fluid milk, half and half and whipping cream –is sourced from suppliers that do not use rBGH, a synthetic growth hormone. We take our customers’ requests seriously. After over a year of work with our suppliers, every espresso drink that’s ordered in our company-operated stores now comes with dairy sourced without the use of rBGH.
- But why are they stopping organic milk, rather than increasing it, so that it's actually available to everyone - or just used always?
- Why don't they increase their use of Free Trade coffee since they're so pround of how they work with the growers and give them a good life?
What you can do:Read their Corporate Social Responsibility 2006 Annual Report and then give them some feedback in their survey on the same page. Be sure to write comments, because most of it is "what did you like best?"
Or go to their Contact Us page and reccommend that they do better, maybe along the line Kornbluth recommends.