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A few years ago, my company was forced to spend millions of dollars proving that our products do not contain “conflict minerals,” or raw materials produced in war zones. A fool’s errand, if you ask me, because it is nearly impossible to prove where all of the raw materials used in any product originated.
I was just in my local Starbucks, and I noticed they have a small blackboard where they list “Starbucks Reserve Coffees.” One of today’s Reserve selections is D. R. Congo Kawa Kabuya.
Now, the last time I checked the Democratic Republic (!!) of Congo is one of the world’s hottest war zones, besides being the site of a pretty bad Ebola virus outbreak. I wonder how socially-responsible Starbucks can justify sourcing their coffee from a war zone.Published in