Posted on September 14, 2018 by Sustainable Food News

Starbucks pledges 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’

World's third-largest fast food restaurant chain says 3rd-party certifier SCS Global to conduct audits

Starbucks Corporation, the world’s third-largest fast food restaurant chain, on Thursday rolled out a plan to design, build and operate 10,000 “Greener Stores” globally by 2025, saving $50 million in utilities expenses over the next 10 years.

Seattle-based Starbucks, which operates 28,720 stores globally and is also the world’s largest retail builder of LEED-certified stores with 1,500, said it is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop the Greener Stores framework, encompassing existing stores, new builds and renovations.

Over the next year, Starbucks will develop an accredited program to audit all existing company-operated stores in North America against the framework criteria, which will be audited and verified by SCS Global Services, a third-party verification firm that also oversees Starbucks’ Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices.

“Willingness for Starbucks to independently verify a large-scale complex deployment of a robust, impact driven and an innovative multi-attribute Greener Stores program to address climate change, demonstrates leadership, integrity and transparency, which are core values shared by SCS,” said Stanley Mathuram, SCS vice president.

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