Oct. 17: Sustainability at Starbucks
Date: Friday, October 17th
Led By: Ben Packard, Vice President, Global Responsibility at Starbucks
During this conversation with one of Starbucks leading voices in sustainability, Ben Packard , vice president, Global Responsibility, will discuss the company’s ongoing efforts to create a positive impact on society. Join the call to learn how the company is managing their efforts during the economic downturn and looking to leverage their existing programs moving forward.
Ben Packard joined Starbucks Coffee Company in April 1998 as the Environmental affairs manager after receiving his Master of Business Administration and Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to Starbucks, Ben worked for six years in the environmental field for a non-profit, a governmental policy agency, and then privately with a start-up in the recycling industry.
Ben is responsible for designing the strategy and developing programs in support of the Company’s commitment to global responsibility. He was responsible for completing an environmental footprint analysis for the Company using the Natural Step Framework. From the footprint, Starbucks has established focus areas and performance metrics that are woven into the strategic planning process. Ben was part of the initial team of Starbucks partners in the precursor to Global Responsibility, the Corporate Social Responsibility department, which was established in November 2000.
In January 2000 Ben received a Fellowship from the Environmental Leadership Program, an organization seeking to transform public understanding of environmental issues by training and supporting a network of visionary, action-oriented emerging leaders. Ben was named Starbucks “Leader of the Year” for 2002 for his work on the Environmental Footprint Project. Ben is currently serving as a Delegate in the US-Japan Leadership Program.
Ben also serves on the board of Net Impact, the Mayor of Seattle’s Urban Sustainability Advisory Panel, and as chair of the US Green Building Council’s Retail Development Committee.