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Starbucks’ enormous reach—21,000 stores in 65 countries—hasn’t stopped the coffee giant from being intimately connected to its supply chain. Of the hundreds of millions of pounds of coffee Starbucks will buy this year, 99% will be verified as ethically sourced. The company has invested $20 million in coffee farms, a commitment that has touched 40,000 growers of the fickle crop. By 2020 it will invest $30 million more. The company is also funding research into new varieties of plants that are resistant to coffee rust—the industry’s biggest nemesis.

Company Info

Sector
Retailing
Industry
Restaurants
Country
U.S.
Revenues ($ millions)16,448
Company type
Public
CEO
Howard D. Schultz
Websitehttp://www.starbucks.com
Impact Segment
Economic Opportunity/Financial Inclusion

Fortune Rankings

Fortune 500 Rank187
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Most Powerful Women Rank-
Most Powerful Women Profile-
World's Greatest Leaders Rank17
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