Ethical sourcing is something Starbucks has believed in and cared about since our very beginnings as a company back in 1971. In 2001, we took it a step further. We had been searching for a way to verify our coffees as ethically sourced, but no single existing certification addressed all the components we believed were crucial to sustainability.
In partnership with Conservation International, we created our own set of comprehensive guidelines to ensure that the coffee we buy is ethically grown and responsibly traded. We call our verification program C.A.F.E. Practices, which stands for Coffee and Farmer Equity.