90% of Businesses Practice Regular Sustainable Activities According to Staples Sustainability Survey

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2017-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS),  an industry leader in sustainable efforts, found that more than 90% of businesses practice some form of eco-friendly activity regularly, including recycling, making energy-efficient choices, and/or shopping for more eco-friendly products.

“Making daily green choices is not a trend, it is a regular ritual and a priority for our customers,” said Mark Buckley, vice president, environmental affairs, Staples, Inc. “Our survey found that both businesses and individuals engage in some form of regular eco-friendly activity both in the workplace and at home, and are actively seeking environmentally conscious choices. Staples is excited to be a trusted partner through our large sustainable product assortment and extensive recycling services.”

The Staples sustainability study revealed:

  • 89% of businesses and consumers believe that eco-friendly products are the same or higher quality than non-eco products
  • While 74% of consumers recycle containers made of glass, metal or plastic, only 51% recycle electronics at the end of their life
  • 59% of businesses implement one or more energy efficient practices

The findings come from the Staples sustainability survey, conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc. to further understand the commitment of businesses and consumers to sustainability in the workplace and at home. This 2016-2017 customer sustainability survey was conducted online, among 600 U.S. consumers and 1,300 businesses (small businesses to commercial and enterprises), from December 28, 2016 to January 6, 2017. Those surveyed were the office or household product and service decision-maker or influencer.

Earlier this month, ENERGY STAR recognized Staples for its energy efficiency practices, awarding the company an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the eighth year in a row. This recognition is just one of the many ways Staples is leading the industry in various sustainable practices including conserving energy, selling more sustainable products and recycling. In 2016, Staples, the only retailer to offer completely free electronics recycling year round, helped customers recycle more than 25 million pounds of office technology and sold more than $4 billion in products with environmental features globally.

Earth Week Celebrations In-Store and Online
During Earth Week (April 16- April 23) Staples is further incentivizing customers to make greener choices with various electronics recycling offers and discounts on select eco-friendly office essentials including Staples® Sustainable Earth ™ products.

  • Electronics Recycling – While Staples offers free electronics recycling all year round, during Earth Week Staples Rewards members who recycle old electronics will receive a coupon for $10 off their next purchase of $30 or more. The offer is redeemable in store for Rewards Members only. Customers who are not already Rewards Members can easily sign up online or in-store to be eligible for the coupon.
  • Eco-Friendly Office Essentials Including Sustainable Earth™ by Staples– During “Earth Week” customers can enjoy 30% off their online purchase of select eco-friendly office essentials. Staples® Sustainable Earth ™ products include high-quality surface cleaners, recycled paper products and office supplies that are economical and sustainable for a range of needs.

For more information on how Staples is helping customers be more sustainable at work and at home, visit http://www.staples.com/sustainability.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples helps business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop – in stores, online via mobile or through social apps. Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division, caters to mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers by offering a one-source solution for the products and services they need, combined with best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and a state-of-the-art ecommerce site. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates primarily in the United States and Canada, with additional operations in South America and Asia. More information about Staples(NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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Staples once again recognized for its leading environmental and social business practices

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today (Sep. 28, 2016) that for the thirteenth year in a row it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a leading global benchmark for corporate responsibility.

“To be selected, for the thirteenth year in a row, as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices is a testament to Staples commitment to sustainability,” said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs, Staples, Inc. “We not only operate our business in a responsible manner, we help our customers make a positive impact on the planet by offering them more sustainable products and services.”

As a result of its continued commitment, Staples has once again been recognized for its leading environmental and social business practices. Recent highlights include:

  • Offering more than 13,000 products globally with environmental attributes, representing more than $5.2 billion in sales in 2015, about 30 percent of global product sales.
  • 56 million ink and toner cartridges recycled for customers in 2015 across all Staples markets.
  • 26 million pounds of office technology recycled for customers for free globally last year.
  • In 2015, Staples ended the year with 527 active buildings certified to the ENERGY STAR standard, or 38 percent of its total US operations. Staples has been an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 7 consecutive years.
  • In 2016, Staples has been recognized with the Alliance to Save Energy’s Stars of Energy Efficiency Built Environment award for its commitment to energy reduction and efficiency in its stores.
  • The ISO14001 Environmental Management System standard is held in 84 facilities across Staples internationally. Staples Sweden, Staples Denmark and Staples Norway were the first facilities in the industry in Europe to receive ISO 26000 verification, an international standard for social responsibility.
  • Staples Europe has planted 7,400 trees through its support of Plant for the Planet, one of the world’s leading tree planting charities.

To learn more about sustainable products and services at Staples, visit our sustainability center at: www.staples.com/sustainability.

For additional information on the DJSI, please visit: http://www.sustainability-indices.com/

About Staples, Inc.

Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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Staples named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 12th year in a row

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today that it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 12th year in a row. Staples was once again recognized for its continued journey toward sustainability leadership.

A leading global benchmark for corporate sustainability, the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (“DJSI”), is a partnership between RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. RobecoSAM continuously raises the bar to identify the most sustainable companies in the world, while encouraging companies to improve their sustainability practices.

“We are committed to reducing our own impact on the environment,” said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs. “We’re offering more eco-conscious products and ethically sourced products from our suppliers to improve our overall sustainability. Additionally, we are offering end of life solutions for customers to encourage them to recycle their electronic waste and report on their purchases to help them operate their businesses sustainably and lessen their impact on the planet.”

As a result of its continued commitment toward sustainability, Staples has been recognized for its positive environmental practices. Recent highlights include:

  • Part of the 2014 Global 100 Sustainability Index, one of the top measures in corporate sustainability analysis, published by Corporate Knights, a media, research and investment advisory company.
  • Named to Newsweek’s 2014 Green Rankings Top 100 U.S. companies list.
  • Winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 US companies with installed solar power capacity by the Solar Means Business 2014 report.
  • Recognized by the EPA for outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice products.
  • Staples Canada named to Corporate Knight’s 2014 Top Foreign Corporate Citizens list.
  • Staples Canada’s Superpower your School Contest won the Canadian Office Products Association (COPA) Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Program.
  • For offering over 100 Zero Waste Boxes on staples.ca, and their commitment to giving customers the ability to recycle more products than ever before, Staples Canada and TerraCycle have earned a 2015 Top Product of the Year Award from Environmental Leader.

To learn more about Staples sustainability priorities visit: www.staples.com/environment

For additional information on the DJSI, please visit: http://www.sustainability-indices.com/ and http://www.djindexes.com/sustainability/

About Staples:
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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