Starbucks chief executive officer Kevin Johnson outlines a companywide, multi-decade commitment to be a resource-positive company. An announcement this year included science-based preliminary targets for the reduction of carbon emissions, water use and waste by 2030, and outlined five strategies the company has identified to move toward them.
“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,” Johnson says.
The company’s aspiration is to become resource positive – storing more carbon than it emits, eliminating waste, and providing more clean, freshwater than it uses.
The effort includes a comprehensive, data-driven environmental footprint. This includes expanding plant-based options and migrating towards a more environmentally-friendly menu with single-use to reusable packaging.
Other goals include investing in innovative and regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation, forest conservation and water replenishment in Starbucks supply chain, as well as investing in better ways to manage waste.