Posted by: washingtonlawyers | November 21, 2009

Wrestling with Legal and Business Issues While Striving for Sustainability: The Starbucks Experience

Wrestling with Legal and Business Issues While Striving for Sustainability: The Starbucks Experience Presented by Washington Lawyers for Sustainability

Friday, December 4, 2009

8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Starbucks Headquarters

2401 Utah Avenue South

Seattle, Washington


8:30 – 8:40 am   Welcome and Introduction


8:40 – 9:25 am   Green Beans

Presented by:  Kelly Goodejohn and Julie Wade, Starbucks Corporation

Kelly and Julie will discuss Starbucks ethical sourcing practices, the development of Starbucks coffee sourcing program “C.A.F.E. Practices” (Coffee and Farmer Equity), its cocoa sourcing program known as “Cocoa Practices” and its manufactured goods and services sourcing program known as the “Supplier Social Responsibility” program.


9:25 – 10:10 am   Green Garbage

Presented by:  Jim Hanna and Susan Long, Starbucks Corporation

This presentation will go over some of the municipal ordinances on recycling, composting, plastic bags, etc. that are being adopted around the country and will also focus on Starbucks recent “Cup Summit” and how Starbucks is seeking to reduce the impact of paper and plastic cups generated in Starbucks stores on the waste stream.


10:10 – 10:25 am   Break – Coffee Tasting


10:25 – 11:10 am   Green Building a/k/a the LEED Portfolio Program

Presented by:  Fulton (Tony) Gale FAIA, Starbucks Corporation

Tony will discuss the innovative LEED Portfolio program that Starbucks will be piloting over the next year and the role of the Starbucks lawyers in supporting the effort to make it happen.

11:10 – 11:45 am   Green Marketing

Presented by:  Gail M. Resnik, Starbucks Corporation

This presentation will cover the general topic of how to make honest green claims about products or services while keeping one’s clients out of trouble with the FTC, NADA, local AGs and others.

11:45 – 12:45 pm   Counseling the Organization: A Lawyer’s Ethical Obligations

Under RPC 1.13 and 2.1

Presented by:  Colin Folawn, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

RPC 2.1 provides that lawyers must exercise independent professional judgment. When rendering advice, lawyers may refer not only to law but to other considerations, including relevant moral, economic, social, and political factors. This presentation will discuss a lawyer’s obligations to organizational clients under RPC 1.13 and certain possible intersections with RPC 2.1.

12:45 – 1:00 pm   Concluding Remarks; Adjourn


Gail M. Resnik is director, Managing Corporate Counsel, Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Department; Intellectual Property. She manages a group of lawyers and paralegals responsible for the review of marketing materials at Starbucks.  Prior to Starbucks, she worked for Paramount Pictures Corporation in Los Angeles and Corbis Corporation in Seattle.  Gail is a graduate of University of Michigan, (B.A., cum laude; M.A., Education) and Loyola Marymount University, J.D.
Jim Hanna is director, Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company where he oversees the company’s initiatives to minimize its environmental footprint through green building, energy conservation, international procurement, waste minimization and collaboration with partner corporations and NGOs. Prior to Starbucks, he served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park.  In the position, Jim oversaw Xanterra’s many progressive environmental initiatives in its operations as the primary concessionaire in the park, including an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System. Before escaping to Yellowstone, he worked as Director of Operations for Teris Environmental in Los Angeles, managing the company’s seven regional offices in North America.  Jim earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional.
Susan Long joined Starbucks Coffee Company in 1996 in the Supply Chain engineering group working on roasting process development and overseeing roasting plant environmental compliance.  In 2008, she joined the Global Responsibility department, focusing on environmental issues.  She works with the business units to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of operations, from waste reduction to energy and water efficiency and green building, as well as with external stakeholders in NGOs, government and partner companies.  Prior to Starbucks, she worked in the research and development group at Kraft Foods.  Susan has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, an M.B.A., and is a LEED accredited professional.
Kelly Goodejohn joined Starbucks in 2005 as the manager of Starbucks Supplier Social Responsibility (“SSR”) Program.  Currently she is director, Global Responsibility. At Starbucks, Kelly has taken responsibility for fully developing and implementing the SSR program which is focused primarily on manufactured products sold or used in Starbucks stores.  She and her team have revised the Supplier Handbook Starbucks incorporates into agreements used to purchase goods and services.  Prior to coming to Starbucks, Kelly served as a social compliance manager for Nordstrom and before that, as a quality assurance expert at Eddie Bauer.  She has deep experience investigating and assessing labor standards and conditions in factories located in Asia, Africa and the Americas, both for Starbucks as well as her previous employers.  She holds a BS degree in archeology from the University of Washington.
Fulton (Tony) Gale FAIA is Starbucks Corporate Architect.  He is also the leader of its international High Performance Building Team which is in the process of implementing Starbucks green store program to have all new company-owned stores worldwide LEED certified beginning December 2010.  Tony is a member of the US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, was Seattle City Architect under Mayors Paul Schell and Greg Nickels and practiced internationally as a principal owner of two award winning architectural firms. As chair of the AIA WA Council: Sustainable Design Resource Group he helped lead the successful passing in April 2005 of the first statewide law in the world requiring state-funded buildings be designed and built to LEED Silver or comparable ‘green building’ standards (SB 5509). He was recently appointed to the editorial board of the AIA/Seattle Forum magazine and has just accepted an appointment as the vice-chair of the Board of Regents for the newly formed Green Building Foundation.
Julie Wade is director, Corporate Counsel at Starbucks Coffee Company where she has worked  on the development and management of various Global Responsibility initiatives and programs undertaken by Starbucks including the development of ethical sourcing programs, including Starbucks coffee sourcing program known as “C.A.F.E. Practices” (Coffee and Farmer Equity), its cocoa sourcing program known as “Cocoa Practices” and its manufactured goods and services sourcing program known as the “Supplier Social Responsibility” program.  She has participated as a member of Starbucks Environmental Footprint committee as well as its Green Building Team.  She is a graduate of Harvard University, received her JD from Southern Methodist University and has been a member of the WSBA since 1979.

WSBA Approved for 4.25 hours of CLE credit including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.



To register, please call or email Mashiya Davis at (206) 318-5411 or


Registration Fee:  $125.00 for lawyers ($75.00 for lawyers from non-profits and government, and for non-lawyer members of the legal and sustainability communities); $25 for students.  Checks only please.


Washington Lawyers for Sustainability Membership Fees:  $50 for Lawyer Members; $25 for Legal/Sustainability Community Members (non-lawyers); $10 for Law Student Members.  CLE attendees joining WLS during the event will receive a 50% discount on WLS membership, which is good through December 31, 2010.

Please mail your Registration Fee check to the following address by December 1st to ensure delivery, or bring in person on the 4th:


Eileen Carrel

Washington Lawyers for Sustainability

4632 357th Ave SE

Fall City, WA 98024


Attendance is limited to 100.   We will need to give priority to lawyers attending this event.  Please register early and plan to arrive early to facilitate check-in. Attendees will need to check in on the 8th floor and receive a security badge before being escorted to the meeting room.


Location: Starbucks Headquarters Building located at 2401 Utah Avenue South, Seattle (the old Sears building at 1st and Lander)


Please note:  Parking is very scarce in the SODO area.  Please plan to carpool or ride the bus if at all possible. Parking in the lot in front of Starbucks is limited to only two hours and the lot is patrolled.


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