Vice President, Sustainable Procurement Practices
In 1994, Sue Mecklenburg joined Starbucks as the Company's first director, Environmental Affairs. Building upon the Company's environmental mission statement, Mecklenburg facilitated the implementation of Starbucks strategic plan to reduce the Company’s environmental impacts and soon was given additional responsibilities as director of Community Affairs. In 2001, Mecklenburg was promoted to vice president, Business Practices, where she oversaw the Company’s socially responsible business practices. Her focus has been on activities that help enhance the livelihood of coffee and tea farmers and their families in origin country. Additionally, she provided strategic vision for Starbucks Code of Conduct for manufactured goods and is responsible for the Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report. In her new role as vice president, Sustainable Procurement Practices, Sue will lead Starbucks efforts to become a more socially conscious procurement organization beyond coffee.
While at Starbucks, Mecklenburg has spearheaded numerous initiatives that have led to positive social and environmental outcomes. One of her most notable achievements has been the development and implementation of Starbucks coffee sourcing guidelines, Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices (C.A.F.E. Practices). The program rewards producers who meet Starbucks requirements for quality and economic transparency as well as environmental and social criteria.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Mecklenburg directed an Environmental Management Program for the MBA program at the University of Washington School of Business. Mecklenburg has provided leadership to numerous non-profit organizations, including the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, the Business and Biodiversity Council and Leadership Tomorrow.
Mecklenburg received her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is married, has two daughters, and enjoys sailing, literature and Latin music.
Through the dedication of our passionate partners (employees), Starbucks Coffee Company has transformed the way people in 37 countries enjoy their coffee, one cup at a time. Starbucks is the premier purveyor of the finest coffee in the world, with more than 11,000 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering its customers the highest quality coffee and human connection through the Starbucks Experience, while striving to improve the social, environmental and economic well being of its partners, coffee farmers, countries of coffee origin, and the communities which it serves. Through Ethos Water, Starbucks demonstrates its long history of integrating a social conscience into all aspects of its business. The Company surprises and delights its customers by producing and selling bottled Starbucks Frappuccino® coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot® espresso drink and Starbucks® superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships, and Starbucks™ Coffee and Cream Liqueurs through a marketing and distribution agreement, in other convenient locations outside its retail operations. The Company’s brand portfolio includes superpremium Tazo® teas, Starbucks Hear Music™ compact discs, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia. These brands’ unique and innovative personalities allow Starbucks to appeal to a broad consumer base.