Our Goal: 100% ethically sourced cocoa by 2020 for all Starbucks cocoa based beverages
Like coffee, our approach to cocoa buying is designed to ensure a long-term, high-quality supply while contributing positively to the environment and cocoa-farming communities. In 2008, we launched COCOA Practices, influenced by our coffee ethical sourcing program, C.A.F.E. Practices. Since then, we have continued to expand the number of participating cocoa farmers in the program.
Our Cocoa Practices program is designed to understand the supply chain for cocoa beans and provide valuable sustainability information to producers and purchasers alike. As in the C.A.F.E Practices program, the inspections are performed by independent verification organizations that are trained and audited by SCS Global Services.
Our Cocoa Practices program has helped us identify key areas for improvement and increased our understanding of the dynamics of cocoa farming in West Africa.
We also believe solving problems faced by cocoa farmers requires everyone in the industry to work together. That’s why we’ve supported the efforts of the World Cocoa Foundation since 2008. The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector. WCF provides cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and social and economically strengthen their communities.
World Cocoa Foundation
The World Cocoa Foundation works to raise farmer incomes and encourage responsible, sustainable cocoa farming.