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Our Strategy

We’re focused on finding all the ways in which we can have the greatest positive impact on the environment while also meeting the needs of our customers and our business. These are summarized in the five pillars of our sustainability program:

We set a series of global and U.S.-specific environmental objectives. Our performance highlights track how we’re progressing toward these goals.

Our sustainability efforts are managed by the Vice President of Environmental Affairs, who reports to the Chief Culture Officer, who, in turn, reports to the CEO.

The Vice President of Environmental Affairs has global responsibility for sustainability and provides periodic updates to the Board of Directors. The Environmental Affairs Department collaborates with other associates in the U.S. and internationally, including, but not limited to, associates in real estate and construction, energy management, merchandising, the Staples® Brand Group, supply chain, marketing and corporate responsibility.

Our sustainability strategy and pillars capture the key challenges and opportunities facing our company and industry. We recognize that, as a retailer, the products we sell are a significant part of our larger environmental footprint. That’s why we focus both on making our products and services more sustainable, as well as reducing our internal operational impact. We continuously assess industry trends, company objectives and environmental issues to re-calibrate our programs. We evaluate our progress against goals to make sure we are on track, and, if not, to ask ourselves how we can make better progress.

Internationally, 110 of our facilities have environmental management systems certified to the ISO 14001 standard. Countries include:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • The United Kingdom
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