August 10, 2016
When you invest with Green Century, you’re keeping your money out of the worst environmental offenders and supporting industry leaders. We want to share some news about one of the most well-known of these companies, Starbucks.* The company, which has built its reputation around sustainable sourcing, is now forging new ground with the issuance of a sustainability bond to support a more environmentally responsible agricultural supply chain.
This spring, Starbucks became the first U.S. company to issue a corporate sustainability bond, which is similar to a green bond, but can be used for all projects with social impact. (Green Century’s Balanced Fund holds the Starbucks sustainability bond and the largest U.S. corporate green bond, which was recently issued by Apple.*)
The $500 million bond will support the company’s multiple sustainability projects, including ethical sourcing of coffee supplies, climate change mitigation, and $50 million in financing support for farmers.
The bond also gets Starbucks closer to its goal of making coffee the first sustainable agricultural commodity. Last year, 99% of the 551 million pounds of coffee purchased by Starbucks was ethically sourced, according to a set of best environmental and social practices the company developed in coordination with Conservation International.
Coffee is the second most-traded commodity after oil, and the industry is valued at over $100 billion per year. With these developments, Starbucks just took another step towards making sure it’s also a more sustainable industry.
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