Staples Inc. is Only U.S. Retailer on Global 100 Sustainability Index

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Staples, Inc. has earned a unique honor by getting named in the Global 100 Sustainability Index, published by Corporate Knights. The honor is unique because no other retailer in North America finds a mention in the Top 100 list; globally, Staples is one of only two retailers to be included in the list.

Staples has emerged as one of the most sustainable global retailers with its achievements in the areas of environment, social responsibility and governance. The company promotes sustainable business practices across the organization by offering eco-conscious products, optimizing energy efficiency and using renewable energy, minimizing waste, and providing a variety of recycling and green services.

Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs at Staples, said that the company feels honored to have been named to the Global 100 Sustainability Index and recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world. Staples is committed to making more sustainable choices internally as well as offering its customers socially and environmentally responsible goods and services, both in-store and online.

Staples’ recent accomplishments include the introduction of a new technology trade-in program in the United States that allows customers to cash-in and recycle in-store or online. It has expanded its Staples Rewards ink and toner recycling program online. The company has recycled 64 million pounds of e-waste through its free in-store recycling program in the U.S. since 2007. The company’s recycling program in Canada has led to the collection and diversion of 71,370 kilograms of batteries as of Q3 of 2013.

Staples’ ‘Bullfrogpowered’ Printers Program in Canada helped reduce carbon emissions by more than 225 tons, which is equivalent to a month’s emissions from over 1,200 homes. The company has obtained ISO14001 certification in China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and the UK, which brings its total number of facilities with certified environmental management systems to 107.

Staples Advantage Europe has made substantial investments in new packaging machinery in Europe using the Jivaro machine. This has led to a reduction in shipping volumes to the tune of 30 percent on average, which effectively translates into fewer vehicles needed to move the products to consumers.

Source: Business Wire

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