Gallery: INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP...

 

1. Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility?

Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after working at the intersection of environmental issues and business for a number of years. I helped start a business in the Seattle area and then went back to get my joint MBA in Environmental Management Certification.

It was really my dream in going back to business school to work for a company that looked at environmental and social issues not only as a strategic issue, and not only as a values issue, but that was also incorporating the practices into their business. It's been a phenomenal experience for me because the company has set a very high bar for what it means to be in business and what it means to be accountable on environmental and social issues.

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  1. Erik Lindstrom October 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    It’s great to see that companies like Starbucks are spending the money to become more sustainable. I wish we would see more companies doing the same thing, but the biggest issue with sustainability and changing consumer behavior is that it’s expensive. Hopefully people begin to see the value in sustainability and take that into more consideration in their lives.

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