International Paper Partners with Starbucks for Seedling Planting


This year, IP Foodservice was approached by Starbucks, a key customer, to participate in their third annual Global Month of Service- a month long initiative where partners lead community service projects focused on the individual needs of neighborhoods where they live and work.

On Friday, May 17, 2013 nearly 40 employees from International Paper's Foodservice and Coated Paperboard businesses, along with family and friends, came together with Starbucks employees from the Memphis area to plant 1,300 seedlings at Shelby Farms, a local park, and and IP community partner, in the Memphis area. In total, the group contributed approximately 165 hours of community service.

"It was great to see this team come together and help give back to our local community," said Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, Foodservice. "Thank you to all our participants for your contributions and for serving as great examples- showing one of the things that makes IP a great company."

As part of the Global Month of Service, International Paper also supplied one thousand seedlings to Starbucks for a seedling donation/ planting event of their own. The seedlings were used to replant areas of Northwest Washington state ( 70 miles outside of Seattle), that were impacted by the Taylor Bridge and Table Mountain wild fires. Nearly 100 Starbucks volunteers participated in the event.

"Partnering with Starbucks for their Global Month of Service was an easy decision," said Chris Roeder, Starbucks global account manager and business development manager, Foodservice. "Not only is Starbucks a key customer of Foodservice, but their views on sustainability and corporate responsibility are right on par with International Paper's. It's a great way for both organizations to give back." 


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