Grounded on the company's enduring mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit, Starbucks has made a multi-decade commitment to be a resource-positive company. What does this mean? This means that Starbucks is aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet.
To do this Starbucks has implemented three targets for 2030:
1. a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions in their direct operations and supply chain.
2. 50 percent of their 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. 50 percent reduction in waste sent to landfill from stores and manufacturing, driven by a broader shift towards a circular economy.
Kevin Johnson, the CEO of Starbucks, had this to say: "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".
Starbucks also had been working on a more comprehensive, data driven environmental footprint of carbon emissions, water use and waste which is shown by:
1. Expanding plant-based options, migrating towards a more environmentally friendly menu.
2. Shifting from single-use to reusable packaging.
3. Investing in innovative and regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation, forest conservation and water replenishment in Starbucks 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 eco-friendly stores, operations, manufacturing and delivery.
Starbucks is actively working on improving the environmental footprint of the company and with these changes and a forward looking perspective and mission will hopefully push other companies to take the same initiatives.