Home » Food & Drink » Beverages » Coffee & Tea » In fall of 2018, Starbucks’ coffee was found to have connections to forced labor plantations where workers were subject to debt bondage and unsafe working conditions. This was 8 months after they were named one of the World’s Most Ethical companies for the 12th year in a row.

In fall of 2018, Starbucks’ coffee was found to have connections to forced labor plantations where workers were subject to debt bondage and unsafe working conditions. This was 8 months after they were named one of the World’s Most Ethical companies for the 12th year in a row.

Starbucks has a Slave Labor Problem

Once again, Brazilian labor inspectors have found slave labor1 on plantations where Starbucks buys coffee. And not just any plantations, but ones that have been “certified” to Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. Practices standards. This marks the second time in nine months that this has happened, pointing to a huge systemic problem with the way Starbucks is meeting their commitment to “99% ethical coffee.” It’s time for that to change.

Starbucks Coffee on the “Dirty List”

How do we even know that this is happening? The Brazilian government has taken steps to address forced labor throughout their farming and manufacturing sectors. One of those steps is publishing an annual “Dirty List” of those found in violation of Brazilian law and what they have… Continue Reading (6 minute read)

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