In 2001, Starbucks began inserting transparency into standard contracts. Today, we have economic transparency requirements for 59 percent of
all coffee purchased to provide information on the payments made to farmers. This represents 177 million lbs. (80 million kg.) of coffee.
Requiring economic transparency is a relatively new practice in the coffee industry. We recognize it will pose enormous challenges, but we are committed to having transparency in prices paid to the farmer. Starbucks supports efforts to make this practice common throughout the coffee industry worldwide.
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