Our environmental strategy is unfolding in three main phases:

Phase 1: 2003 – 2005
Reduce Risk

In 2003, Office Depot hired its first Director of Environmental Affairs: Tyler Elm. His main task was to help reduce risks associated with sourcing paper.
Tyler helped launch the Forest & Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, a 5-year partnership with three of the world’s leading conservation organizations: NatureServe, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy.

Key Awards & Recognition 2012

Newsweek-Award Greenest large retailer in America – Newsweek Green Ranking
Energy-Star-Logo Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® LeaderFor leadership in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
LEED-Silver-Award LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI)Newville, PA Distribution Center
Climate-Leadership-Award Climate Leadership Goal Achievement Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas ManagementUS Environmental Protection Agency, ACCO, C2ES and The Climate Registry.

Phase 2: 2006 – 2013
Find Opportunity

In 2006, we expanded focus and launched a comprehensive strategy to buy greener, be greener
and sell greener. Effective implementation of this strategy helped us save money, attract customers and
reduce our environmental footprints, We also gained recognition as America’s #1 greenest large retailer
by Newsweek magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Phase 3: 2014 Onwards
Seek Positive Impact

The next phase of our green strategy is one in which we are going to ask a tough question, Can Office
Depot actually leave a positive impact on the planet? It is tough as it raises many new questions, which
we will answer in the years ahead: “What are the metrics? Where do our impacts stop and our suppliers
or customers’ impacts begin? What is included or excluded?” We will answer these questions in the
years ahead.


Selected Environmental Awards 2003 - 2012