Starbucks is one of the largest global brands based in the US, with revenue generating stores in over 55 countries which took in a whopping $3 billion in the first quarter of 2011 alone. But Starbucks has faced some heat for their less product's less than sustainable side. From the sourcing of coffee beans, to the massive proliferation of paper and plastic coffee cups the finished product is served in, Starbucks faces a wide range of environmental challenges.
On the release of their Global Responsibility Report, we sat down with Starbucks Vice President of Global Responsibility, Ben Packard to talk about Starbucks efforts to face these environmental challenges and cement themselves as a leading sustainable brand. With a wide range of ambitious goals, including aims to make all new construction LEED certified by 2015, and to providing Sustainable Agriculture expertise and assistance in Central and South America, there's a lot to be excited about. Read on for more!