Responsible sourcing

We don’t just make great tasting coffee, we also source it responsibly and ensure the farming communities that harvest our beans are taken care of.

Acting responsibly

Coffee cherriesWe have a responsibility to implement sound social, ethical and environmental practices within our supply chains and we are committed to ensuring that all our procurement practices are carried out in the most sustainable and responsible way possible.

To do this, we work closely with our suppliers, sustainable practice experts and NGOs to identify, develop and implement policies for human rights in the supply chain and sustainable production for our critical commodities.

You can read more about our work to protect human rights across our entire business and supply chains in our Modern Slavery Statement. We publish an updated version to share our progress each year – just click here to view them.

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100% of our coffee and hot chocolate is from Rainforest Alliance certified farms

Rainforest Alliance

Coffee cherriesWe recognise that to have a sustainable coffee business we need to invest in a sustainable coffee supply, ensuring that our coffee is grown in a way that protects the environment and allows the communities growing our coffee to thrive.

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organisation, working to create a future in which people and nature thrive in harmony.

By working together with diverse stakeholders including farmers, businesses, consumers and more, the Rainforest Alliance is building an alliance to improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, and help them mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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We were the first UK coffee shop to commit to sourcing 100% of our coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms back in 2008

Coffee farmersSince we started our partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, we’ve been working together to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the planet today by changing the way we produce, source and consume the world’s natural resources.

Every Rainforest Alliance Certified farm is required to meet strict guidelines for better farming methods and working conditions, as well as better care for nature.

This helps to ensure that the coffee, or cocoa, we serve in all our drinks has been produced responsibly and sustainably.

So, you can be confident that you’re supporting the farmers and forest communities who are looking after our natural resources whenever you choose to drink Costa Coffee, proudly sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

Sourcing sustainably

We are committed to ensuring that all our procurement practices are carried out in the most sustainable and responsible way possible. This means being confident that our critical commodities are produced in a way that protects the environment, as well as all the people who are involved in creating them.

We take care in how we source our coffee beans, as well as our other critical commodities including crops (such as soy, cocoa and palm oil) and animal derived ingredients such as eggs, meat and dairy.

We are working hard to ensure we set the right sustainability standards across the ingredients used in our food range to protect human rights, the environment and animal welfare. Where possible, we source commodities to recognised global standards.

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All the whole shell eggs used in our savoury food range are 100% free range

Our commitment to cage-free eggs

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Costa Coffee has made a global commitment to use only cage-free eggs in their products by 2025. In the UK, whole shell eggs used in our savoury food range is already 100% free range and we’re making good progress with our suppliers to ensuring that the eggs used as an ingredient in our sweet food also move to 100% free range, with the aim of meeting the target in 2021.

In our international markets, our teams are working with their respective suppliers to meet our global commitment and we look forward to being able to report on progress in 2020/21.