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Performance Highlights

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Here’s how we’re progressing toward our long-range global and U.S. sustainability goals. We recognize that in some cases, our performance will vary year to year due to a variety of direct and indirect factors, so we make sure to look at both long-term progress against our baseline as well as our year-over-year performance. We set near-term goals to ensure we’re moving in the right direction, and also consider new goals to ensure we’re focused on the right opportunities and challenges.

The performance data and progress reported below reflects the vast majority of our global business operations, based on data available to date. We will update our progress as we fill minor data gaps and march closer toward our goals.

View detailed performance data on our Performance Summary page.

View our latest Corporate Responsibility Annual Report.

Vison Goals Progress
Sell more sustainable products and services. Continue to improve sourcing, identification and promotion of greener products to customers. In 2013, Staples had more than $3.25 billion in sales of eco-conscious products, globally.
Reduce the use of outbound packaging materials in the United States before 20% by 2020 from a 2011 baseline. Since 2011, Staples has decreased the amount of cardboard used by 10% and the number of air pillows used by 24%.
Offer customers easy recycling solutions. By 2020, recycle 100 million ink and toner cartridges each year across all operations. Globally, we collected approximately 67.5 million ink and toner cartridges in 2013, a 14% decrease from 2012.
By 2020, recycle 40 million pounds of eWaste each year globally. Globally, we collected more than 21.9 million pounds of eWaste in 2013, an increase of 13% from 2012.
Eliminate operational waste. Reduce waste to landfill by 25% globally before 2020 from a 2010 baseline. Globally, we sent approximately 28,500 tons of waste to the landfill in 2013, a 16% decrease from 2012 and a 25% decrease from 2010.
Maximize energy efficiency & use of renewable energy. Reduce the electrical intensity of our global operations by 25% before 2020 from a 2010 baseline. In 2013, global electrical intensity (11.01 kWh/ft2) decreased 3% from 2012 and 4.5% from our 2010 baseline.
Ensure that 50% of our active locations in the United States achieve ENERGY STAR® certification by 2020. At the end of 2013, 33% (or 585) of our active U.S. facilities were designated as ENERGY STAR® certified. This represents an increase of 3 percentage points from 2012.
Reduce net global carbon emissions by 50% before 2020 from a 2010 baseline, after accounting for offsets. In 2013, our global carbon emissions (after offsets) were approximately 158,850MtCO2e, an approximately 11% decrease from 2012 after-set emissions and a 61% decrease from our 2010 after-offset emissions.
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