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Starbucks Issues Its Second Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report to Provide Greater Transparency

Published 03-26-03

Submitted by Starbucks Corporation

Media Alert

WHO: Starbucks Coffee Company

WHAT: Starbucks has issued its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Annual Report detailing activities and initiatives for fiscal year 2002 (Oct. 1, 2001 - Sept. 29, 2002). The report covers Starbucks sustainable business practices throughout its supply chain - from coffee bean to coffee cup - including the company's efforts to help improve the lives of coffee farmers, its commitment to the environment and its support for local communities.

WHY: Starbucks wishes to be as well known for its good work, both in the communities where it operates and the countries where its coffees are produced, as for the quality of its coffee. Starbucks believes in communicating openly and honestly with its stakeholders about its business practices and social and environmental initiatives

This year Starbucks has taken additional steps to provide transparency and to assure its stakeholders that the information is accurate by having the report externally verified by Moss Adams, a certified public accounting firm.

DETAILS: This year's report includes expanded content on partner (employee) programs that highlight Starbucks unique workplace culture and practices, and information on CSR practices in international markets.

WHERE: Customers may download the report online at www.starbucks.com/csr. To request a printed copy of the report, call 1-800-STARBUC (1-800-782-7282) or fax your request to 1-800-782-7286. Media inquiries can be sent to press@starbucks.com or using the contact information listed below.

(CSRwire note: Starbucks' 2002 CSR Annual Report is available now for downloads and printed copies may be requested via email at www.CSRwire.com.)

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It's the way we do business Contributing positively to our communities and environment is so important to Starbucks that it's a guiding principle of our mission statement. We jointly fulfill this commitment with partners (employees), at all levels of the company, by getting involved together to help build stronger communities and conserve natural resources.

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