Following the success of the SRA rating in restaurants the scheme was extended to the UK’s 10,000 cafes earlier this year.
The Whitbread owned company was rated ‘excellent’ for their waste management practices and sourcing a range of seasonal ingredients from British producers.
Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: “We developed this programme in answer to public demand for cafés to be more progressive and not simply rely on the ethical certification of their coffee as enough to demonstrate their sustainability.
“Costa demonstrated great leadership by becoming the first café group to join the SRA. It has shown that it is possible for major operators to excel, and we would urge others to drive sustainable innovation in the industry.”
The coffee shop chain launched its first zero-energy eco-pod restaurant in April this year, designed to act as a test bed for future developments.
The brand plans to expand its 1700 UK sites to 2500 by 2020 following a record year of sales for its parent company Whitbread.