Late last year upon accepting the role of Chairman & CEO of Office Depot, Inc., I stated that we are now one team, focused on becoming a stronger, more competitive and more efficient global provider of office products, services and solutions.
We are also one team when it comes to our commitment to corporate sustainability.
With our combined resources, we now have the chance to transform Office Depot and create an organization that exceeds the needs of our customers, provides new opportunities for our global associates, becomes a more appealing partner to our vendors, increases value for our shareholders, and delivers an overall positive impact.
2013 was all about evolution and the process of combining the efforts of two companies to take on bigger goals and realize even more significant results. As individual organizations, year after year we have made strides in our commitment to diversity, community outreach, and reducing our environmental footprint; as one, we will accomplish even more.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
“As we move through the integration, we will create a new approach to Corporate Sustainability – one with clearly defined steps we commit to on our path to positive impact on prosperity, people and the planet.”
Materiality assessment to help us develop a broader sustainability strategy
While there are clear strengths to both Office Depot and OfficeMax’s historical approaches to sustainability, as a combined organization, we plan to inform our future priorities by conducting a formal materiality assessment (or research study/survey on what matters most to our various stakeholders).
In doing this we will build on the approach initiated by OfficeMax Canada which has already defined its own sustainability priorities by surveying and obtaining 600 responses from associates, customers and vendors.
The matrix below reflects stakeholder priorities for OfficeMax Canada alone, but the process to create it is a best-practice we will use in the future. This is just one example of how the merger is already making us better together.
OfficeMax Canada Sustainability Materiality Matrix