Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices
Ensuring ethical sourcing for coffee
SCS Global Services worked with Starbucks to develop the Coffee And Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices standard to ensure that Starbucks is sourcing sustainably grown and processed coffee. Starbucks defines sustainability as an economically viable model that addresses the social and environmental needs of all the participants in the supply chain from farmer to consumer. The standard promotes transparency, profitability, and responsible coffee-growing and coffee-processing practices while improving the livelihoods of coffee farmers and workers and conserving natural habitat for communities. The C.A.F.E. Practices Generic and Smallholder Scorecards encompass a comprehensive set of more than 200 social, economic and environmental indicators that are assessed in the third-party audits.
Looking for an approved Verification Organization?
See a list of our Approved Verification Organizations
Starbucks relies on SCS Global Services (SCS) to ensure the quality and integrity of the third-party verification process for its C.A.F.E. Practices. We train and approve third-party organizations who verify suppliers participating in C.A.F.E. Practices.
Read about Starbucks ethical sourcing process and SCS’ role here
Looking for Scorecards or other Resources?
Documents for Verification Organizations and Suppliers are available in the tables below.
For Supplier questions, contact Starbucks Farmer Support Center: [email protected]