Partners? Exposé on Starbucks' Purchasing Practices in Ethiopia
The Starbucks Workers Union and Justice from Bean to Cup!’s exposé on Starbucks’ purchasing practices in Ethiopia. This video uncovers the reality behind Starbucks’ relationship with the Fero cooperative. The Fero cooperative in Sidamo, Ethiopia grew and processed “Shirkina Sun-Dried Sidamo,” a black apron exclusive coffee that retailed for $26.00 per pound, for Starbucks. Yet Starbucks paid only $1.32 per pound to the Cooperative, of which at most only $.57 went to the coffee farmers themselves. The farmers of the Fero Cooperative are struggling to rise out of poverty – they deserve a fair price from Starbucks.
Why does Starbucks claim to be a leader in corporate social responsibility when they pay coffee prices that keep their coffee farmers in poverty?