For 15 years, Conservation International has been on an ambitious journey with Starbucks.Together, we’ve created a new way to produce coffee that is sustainable, transparent—and good for people. Coffee farmers around the world who use the sustainability standards that we’ve developed are living better, earning more for their families and protecting forests that all of us depend on for fresh water and clean air.
When CI began its work with Starbucks in Chiapas, Mexico, the community never conceived of the impact it would have. One coffee farmer, Amparo Reyes, works for the coffee co-op as quality control. Today, 99 percent of Starbucks coffee (almost 400 million pounds last year) is ethically sourced. The company has committed to keep working toward 100 percent and encourage other coffee producers to do the same. CI is proud to be part of this transformative effort that is protecting important natural resources on four continents—and providing a brighter future for people like Reyes and the children of Chiapas.