A Message about our Path to Positive Impact
Office Depot’s path to positive impact is filled with the engaging spirit of all of our associates around the world. The first Office Depot Corporate Citizenship Report debuted in 2003 and, in the 10 years since we began reporting data, we’ve made significant strides in our commitment to diversity, community outreach, and reducing our environmental footprint.As a public company, we realize that the value we provide goes beyond the bottom line. We pride ourselves in doing business the right way, while also putting the customer first. We take our role as an outstanding corporate citizen seriously.
From Developing The Green Book® by Office Depot, the retail industry’s first catalog consisting solely of environmentally conscious products, to decreasing our facilities’ carbon footprint by 43 percent, and growing our green product assortment to nearly 11,000 items, we are continually working towards leaving a positive impact on the planet. It’s one of the reasons why Office Depot has been recognized as America’s #1 greenest large retailer by Newsweek magazine for the past three years (2010, 2011 and 2012).
Over the past decade, we have continued to reaffirm our commitment to diversity as we strive to build prosperity in the communities we serve through our award-winning Supplier Diversity program. We’ve expanded opportunities for thousands of Historically Underutilized Businesses by ensuring that they are well represented in our product assortment, providing visibility in our national full-line catalog and offering an equal opportunity in the vendor selection process.
The Office Depot Foundation continues to demonstrate its leadership by addressing some of society’s most pressing needs, especially those of children. Witnessing the smile on a child’s face when he or she receives a sackpack filled with basic school supplies at one of the Foundation’s National Backpack Program donation events is a feeling like no other. This year we donated our three-millionth sackpack! It’s fantastic to see that the Office Depot Foundation continues to create and implement significant programs that clearly make a positive impact on children, families and communities.
From the past to the present, we are grateful for the thousands of global Office Depot associates who help Office Depot meet its social, environmental and economic goals. We have a lot to celebrate from the past 10 years and much to look forward to over the next 10 years.