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Performance Highlights


Here’s how we’re progressing towards our global and U.S. sustainability goals. The performance data and progress reported below reflects the vast majority of our global business operations. As our data collection capabilities continue to improve, we’ll gain a more complete picture of our environmental performance. We will update our progress as we march closer to our goals.

View detailed performance data on our Performance Summary page.

Vison Goals Progress
Sell more sustainable products and services. Continue to improve sourcing, identification and promotion of greener products to customers. In 2012, Staples had approximately $2.51 billion in sales of eco-conscious products, globally, which represents about 11% of total sales.
Reduce the use of outbound packaging materials in the United States before 20% by 2020 from a 2011 baseline. In 2012, we rolled out our “Smart-Size Packaging” solution in 14 fulfillment centers. We also developed greener packaging for more than 300 Staples® brand products.
Offer customers easy recycling solutions. By 2020, recycle 100 million ink and toner cartridges each year across all operations. Globally, we collected more than 76.5 million ink and toner cartridges in 2012, an increase of 7% from 2011.
By 2020, recycle 40 million pounds of eWaste each year globally. Globally, we collected nearly 19.4 million pounds of eWaste in 2012, a decrease of 9.7% from 2011.
Eliminate operational waste. Reduce waste to landfill by 25% globally before 2020 from a 2010 baseline. Globally, we sent 34,020 tons of waste to the landfill in 2012, a less than 1% increase from 2011 (33,820 tons) and a 10% decrease from 2010 (37,810 tons).
Maximize energy efficiency & use of renewable energy. Reduce the electrical intensity of our global operations by 25% before 2020 from a 2010 baseline. In 2012, global electrical intensity (11.34 kWh/ft2) increased slightly from 2011 (11.28 kWh/ft2) but still showed a decrease from our 2010 global electrical intensity (11.56 kWh/ft2).
Ensure that 50% of our active locations in the United States achieve ENERGY STAR® certification by 2020. At the end of 2012, 29% (or 513) of our active U.S. facilities were designated as ENERGY STAR® certified. This represents an increase from 16% at the end of 2011.
Reduce net global carbon emissions by 75% before 2020 from a 2010 baseline, including a 25% reduction in emissions before accounting for offsets. In 2012, our global carbon emissions after offsets were 176,955 MtCO2e, an approximately 1% decrease from 2011 after-set emissions (178,710 MtCO2e) and a 56% decrease from our 2010 after-offset emissions (407,650 MtCO2e).
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