With the help of Conservation International, we’ve developed ethical sourcing guidelines that help us purchase coffee that is responsibly grown and ethically traded.
At Starbucks in Australia, we’ve been working hand-in-hand with local suppliers to ensure our food is the freshest it can be with clean, quality ingredients that tastes great and make you feel good – whether that’s a blueberry bagel to get you through a busy day, or an indulgent afternoon treat. Supporting the welfare of farm animals to drive positive change across the industry is just as important too, which is why we’re extremely proud to use 100% RSPCA Approved chicken in our range of handmade sandwiches, paninis and wraps.
What does RSPCA Approved mean?
Chickens on RSPCA Approved farms are encouraged to be active. They enjoy good housing conditions, including proper lighting, perches, dry litter floor covering and space to move around. Whether raised indoors or with access to the outdoors, there’s plenty of focus on providing for meat chickens’ behavioural and physical needs. When you see the RSPCA Approved logo in our stores, you can be confident that this product has come from a farm with a focus on welfare.
More recently, we’ve improved our recipes to ensure that all whole eggs sourced for Starbucks’ branded egg products come from cage-free hens. This means a better life for hens where they have space to explore, flap their wings, and do the things that come naturally to them. But, the work doesn’t stop there knowing there are still products that include egg as an ingredient, like muffins and cakes. So, Starbucks Australia commits to engage with suppliers over the longer term in transitioning these ingredient eggs to be cage-free by 2025 and help get rid of battery cages for good.
Fancy meat-free? Us too! Bringing delicious new products to the table is a big part of who we are and that includes a growing menu of plant-based options (across both food and beverages) to address the health, dietary and lifestyle choices of our customers as they change, as well as to sow the seeds for a greener future.
Beyond just food, Starbucks is well on its way towards our multi-decade aspiration of becoming a resource positive company – by storing more carbon than we emit, eliminating waste, and replenishing more freshwater than we use. Some of these social and environmental efforts at an enterprise level include;
99% ethically-sourced coffee
for iced beverages on our path to eliminate one billion plastic straws around the world each year
Replacing plastic straws with a
sustainably sourced paper straw
plates and cutlery used for takeaway goods and milk bottle recycling at select store locations (where applicable)