Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices

Ensuring ethical sourcing for coffee

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SCS has teamed up with Starbucks and Conservation International to develop the Coffee And Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices standard for ensuring that Starbucks is sourcing sustainably grown and processed coffee. Starbucks defines sustainability as an economically viable model that addresses the social and environmental needs of all the participants in the supply chain from farmer to consumer.

The C.A.F.E. Practices Generic and Smallholder Scorecards encompass a comprehensive set of more than 200 social, economic and environmental indicators. This approach takes into account everyone from the farmer to the consumer.



Looking for an approved Verification Organization?

See a list of our Approved Verification Organizations

Starbucks relies on SCS Global Services (SCS) to ensure the quality and integrity of the third-party verification process for its C.A.F.E. Practices. We train and approve third-party organizations who verify suppliers participating in C.A.F.E. Practices.

Read about Starbucks ethical sourcing process and SCS’ role here

Looking for Scorecards or other Resources?

Documents for Verification Organizations and Suppliers are available in the tables below.

For Supplier questions, contact Starbucks Farmer Support Center: [email protected]

Document for Verification Organizations

Title Documents
Child Labor Guidance V1.0 English | Spanish | Portuguese
Closing Meeting Signature Form English | Spanish
Field Notes V1.2 of Scorecard V3.4 English | Spanish
Indicator Guidance Reference V1.2 of Scorecard V3.4 English | Spanish
List of Indicators that Require Documentation V1.1 of Scorecard V3.4 English | Spanish | Portuguese
Observer Guidance V2.0 English | Spanish | Portuguese
Reporting Program Reference Guide for Inspectors V1.1 English | Spanish
Starbucks – Un Árbol Por Cada Bolsa Spanish
Verification Organization Application Form English | Spanish
Verification Organization Approval Procedure V2.4 English | Spanish
Verification Planning Template V2.2 English | Spanish
Verifier and Inspector Operations Manual V5.5 English | Spanish
Verifier and Inspector Zero Tolerance Corrective Action Plan (ZT-CAP) Procedure Manual V1.0 English | Spanish | Portuguese
VGU 16 English | Spanish
Volume Guidance V1.0 English | Spanish | Portuguese
VRS User Manual V3.0 English | Spanish

Document for Suppliers

Title Documents
Supplier Application Template English | Spanish
Child Labor Guidance V1.0 English | Spanish | Portuguese
Commitment Letter for Producer English | Spanish | Portuguese
Letter of Voluntary Withdrawal English | Spanish | Portuguese
List of Indicators that Require Documentation V1.1 of Scorecard V3.4 English | Spanish | Portuguese
Soil and Foliar Analysis Interpretation Software (SISAF) English | Spanish
Supplier Self Evaluation V3.4 English | Spanish | Portuguese | Indonesian
Template for Toxic Load Calculator English | Spanish
Terms and Conditions V4.2 English | Spanish | Portuguese
ZT-CAP Verifier Manual V1.0 English | Spanish | Portuguese