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Ethics at Work

Staples Global Code of Ethics embodies our commitment to high ethical standards. It explains core expectations regarding ethical conduct and business practices and includes guidelines to help associates deal appropriately with a broad range of issues like:

  • Insider trading and customer privacy
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • How to ask questions and voice concerns about ethics issues
  • Processes for reporting and handling violations

Our Global Code of Ethics is relevant and user-friendly and is written to be easily understood with translations available in the 17 major languages our associates speak worldwide.

Download the Staples Global Code of Ethics here.

How we engage associates on ethical issues

Successful ethics programs require a company-wide commitment to conducting business with integrity. Staples encourages all associates to take an active role in understanding, discussing and exploring ethics issues. We do so with ethics and compliance training, internal awareness campaigns, employee Web sites, an Ethics Help Line, and regular communications from corporate leaders. We also use tools like the Leader's Guide to Ethics at Staples and an online quiz that helps executives and managers understand their roles in supporting ethics awareness and accountability throughout the company.

To ensure proactive participation, we feel it’s critical to help associates feel comfortable speaking up and asking questions whenever they confront ethics issues. Our CEO Ron Sargent, emphasizes the Staples’ commitment to open and honest communication in his letter to all associates:

“As a company, we must foster an environment where issues and concerns can be raised freely, no matter how small. And the code [of ethics] is designed to help you make the right decisions when it comes to a variety of situations: how to handle a situation when the easy way out is wrong. Or speaking up, even when it's uncomfortable, to help protect Staples' best interest and our global brand.”

Download our Global Code
of Ethics

Contact the Global
Ethics & Compliance Office

Call: 508-253-4218 or 508-253-8461
Mail: Global Ethics Office
Staples, Inc
500 Staples Drive
Framingham, MA 01702
Visit: staplesethicslink.com
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