The Starbucks Story
Our story began in 1971. Back then we were a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices with a single store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
Today, we are privileged to welcome millions of customers through our doors every day, in more than 17,000 locations in over 50 countries.
Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
Being a Responsible Company
We are committed to doing business responsibly and conducting ourselves in ways that earn the trust and respect of our customers, partners and neighbors. We call this Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ – our commitment to doing business responsibly.
Ethical Sourcing: We've developed strong, longâ€term relat ionships with farmers all over the world that help ensure we are able to buy the highâ€quality coffee our customers expect from us. It's our goal that by 2015, all of our coffee will be grown using ethical trading and responsible growing pract ices.
Environmental Stewardship: We share our customers' commitment to the environment.And we believe in the importance of caring for our planet and encouraging others to do the same. It is our goal that by 2015, 100% of our cups will be reusable or recyclable.We will also work to significantly reduce our environmental footprint through energy and water conservat ion, recycling and green construct ion.
Community Involvement: From the neighborhoods where our stores are located to the ones where our coffee is grown – we believe in being involved in the communit ies we're a part of. Bringing people together, inspiring change and making a difference in people's lives – it's all part of being a good neighbor. By 2015, we plan to contribute one million volunteer hours each year to our communities.