Everywhere we do business, we are proud of our contributions to local economies: selling products and services that help business owners, households, educators, students and others thrive and succeed; employing local workers in dependable jobs; and purchasing products and services from local businesses. But we believe our role in these communities requires more of us than "business as usual."
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. Our focus is on supporting educational and job skills community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development. We support these causes through corporate contributions, in-kind donations and grants from Staples Foundationsm, our private charitable arm. We also encourage our associates and customers 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.
Staples is dedicated to providing education and job skills opportunities to communities where our customers and associates live and work. We contribute through large-scale initiatives as well as local, grassroots programs that promote goodwill and build strong community ties globally. Among other achievements, we:
Impact on Communities
We believe Staples can achieve maximum community impact by partnering with organizations that "know the territory" — groups already active at the community level and focused on issues and causes consistent with corporate priorities — whether large or small. Every year, we support hundreds of organizations. Among other non-profit organizations, we partner with:
Staples supports the Torch Club program — chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for youth aged 11 to 13 — and encourages associate engagement through local Clubs.
As part of the National Office Product Industry, Staples supports cancer research, treatment and educational programs through sponsorship and participation in fundraising events and initiatives.
Our partnership supports the Inner City 100 program, which recognizes and provides resources to the fastest-growing urban businesses across the country.
Staples Advantage Canada supports business and diversity-related education programs for students aged 10 to 19. For the past three consecutive years, Staples Advantage Canada has received a community award from the Canadian Office Products Association for their partnership with Junior Achievement.
Staples Germany supports community services for children including participation in Kinder Biennale’s annual children's festival.
Staples China supports career and education programs for students, engaging associates in teaching and leading career workshops in local schools.
Staples Australia supports programming to help disadvantaged students achieve academic engagement, employment opportunities and personal success.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Staples and associates contributed more than $150,000 of monetary and in-kind donations to support emergency relief efforts through the American Red Cross, and school supplies to devastated schools in New Jersey and New York. We also assisted 90 of our own associates personally affected by the disaster.
We quickly responded to Sandy Hook Elementary School’s request for assistance in getting a new school up and running after the shooting tragedy. Staples provided more than $32,000 of gift card and in-kind donations to support the students, teachers and setup of the new school location
Our associates are passionate about getting personally involved in our community efforts. The following programs and initiatives illustrate the breadth of our efforts to formalize and encourage associate engagement:
In 2012, Staples Foundation changed its giving approach by launching the 2 Million & Change program. This unique program allows associates around the world to direct $2 million of Foundation funding to non-profit organizations focused on education and job skills. The program brings associates into the giving process and encourages community involvement. In the program’s first year, more than $2.1 million was directed to 470 organizations that associates personally care about and support.
Associates around the world dedicate their time and resources in several ways, including:
How We Give
Staples supports 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations focused on education and job skills in a variety of ways:
Staples Foundationsm, our private charitable arm, awards grants through the new 2 Million & Change program, which allows associates to nominate organizations that they personally care about and support. We encourage non-profits to reach out to Staples associates to learn more about the program.
If an organization fits within our focus area, a representative can visit their local Staples® store and speak with the General Manager about support. All requests are evaluated by the local store and decisions are made at the discretion of store management.
Staples stores are able to support non-profit organizations making a positive difference in the local community through We Care gift cards. These gift cards enable non-profit organizations to obtain supplies from Staples needed to make a community event or program a success
Staples stores can donate eligible products to help an organization's administrative needs. Local Staples General Managers can answer any questions about product availability and organization eligibility.
Staples supports youth and education programs through a variety of cause marketing programs that enable our customers to show their support and make a difference. We've found cause marketing to be a great way to bring together customers, associates and partners in community-building endeavors. As part of Staples’ back to school initiatives, we led the following in-store campaigns:
The U.S. led their fifth annual Staples for Students National School Supply Drive, teaming up with Bella Thorne, teen actress from the hit Disney show Shake It Up!. The campaign included a kick-off backpack stuffing event at the Teen Choice Awards, promotions in all U.S. retail stores, and two shopping spree events for local Boys & Girls Clubs kids with baseball players Mike Avilés, formerly with the Boston Red Sox, and Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox. The campaign resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in school supplies going to local students in need across the country. Since the program began in 2008, Staples for Students has donated more than $3 million in supplies.
All Canadian retail locations partnered with more than 250 organizations and school boards in their seventh annual Staples School Supply Drive, which raised more than $1.3 million in school supplies for thousands of local students.
Staples Portugal developed an innovative customer donation program, called School Bench, in partnership with Entrajuda, to provide disadvantaged students with school supplies. The program included both social media and in-store elements to encourage customer participation. Together, Staples and their Portuguese customers donated more than £35,000 to students in need.