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CI and Starbucks recognize that forests and coffee farmers can be solutions to climate change.​


Our partnership with Starbucks Coffee Company​ strives to improve farmers' livelihoods while conserving rich, vital forests that combat global climate change.


CI has worked with Starbucks for more than 15 years to promote coffee production practices that conserve biodiversity, maintain healthy ecosystems and support the millions of farmers who grow and supply coffee to the company as embodied in their commitment to ethical sourcing.​



Our role

Together with Starbucks, CI is working on the ground with coffee farmers to promote environmentally and socially sound growing practices through the C.A.F.E. Practices program, create new income streams from conservation and carbon markets and provide loans for sustainable enterprise development.​​



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CI and Starbucks are working together to support the people and rich ecosystems of coffee growing regions.

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CI and Starbucks joined forces to develop buying guidelines for ethical coffee sourcing.

C.A.F.E. Practices guidelines help farmers grow coffee in a way that's better for both people and the planet. Through ongoing monitoring and evaluation of our joint initiatives we are able to measure program performance, identify new challenges and opportunities and determine how best to expand our support for global coffee growing communities.

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    Through forest conservation and habitat restoration efforts, CI is helping coffee communities to gain access to emerging forest carbon markets.

    Coffee farmers can play a role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Starbucks and CI are now investing in and supporting these communities who engage in climate-friendly activities to promote mutually beneficial forest conservation and carbon sequestration.

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    CI and Starbucks are working together to support the people who live in coffee growing regions.

    Starbucks is a key supporter of CI's Verde Ventures fund, which provides loans to small- and medium-sized businesses, such as coffee farms with sustainable growing practices. Through Verde Ventures, Starbucks provides loan capital earmarked for coffee farmers, including those who are participating in the C.A.F.E. Practices program. To date, the program has helped over 30 coffee enterprises in five countries — affecting over 14,000 farmers and their families — and has directly conserved nearly 19,500 hectares (almost 46,960 acres) of land.

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