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Our Community Goals

Everywhere we do business, we are proud to provide products and services that help our customers thrive and succeed. Staples also employs local workers in dependable jobs and purchases products and services from local businesses. But we believe our role in these communities requires more of us than "business as usual."

Our goal is to support educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development.

Staples® customers are also our fellow citizens, our neighbors and our friends. We reach out and contribute to community life in our local neighborhoods and beyond, both through large-scale initiatives and smaller, less formal programs.

We support these causes through corporate contributions, in-kind donations and grants from Staples Foundationsm — our private charitable arm. We also encourage our associates to contribute their time and resources as well. Through our global community and giving efforts, we have helped more than 6,500 organizations in local communities across 26 countries.

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2012 Performance highlights

We contribute to the communities where we live and work through large-scale initiatives as well as local, grassroots programs that promote goodwill and build strong ties. Among other achievements, Staples:

  • Donated more than $14.6 million to non-profit organizations around the world
  • Launched the 2 Million & Change program, which enabled associates to direct more than $2.1 million to 470 organizations they personally care about and support
  • Lead three successful school supply drives in U.S., Canada and Portugal, generating more than $2 million in supplies
  • Enabled Boys & Girls Clubs of America to increase their number of Torch Club programs to 1,892 serving 22,627 youth
  • Piloted an associate Recognition and Rewards program in five countries, allowing associates the chance to donate to a charity of their choice
  • Associates participated in community volunteering events in 16 countries and raised money for local organizations through fitness fundraisers in 12 countries

Goals for 2014

  • Deepen associate community engagement by increasing awareness and participation in local volunteer opportunities
  • Increase associate involvement in company’s philanthropic initiatives
  • Focus support on local organizations to maximize impact in communities

Take action

We invite you to get involved with one
of the non-profit groups that Staples and
Staples Foundationsm support.

Feel free to contact our Community Team with any questions or feedback. We’d love to hear from you.

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