Buy green, be green, sell green, tell green...

Our environmental strategy focuses on 4 core areas that are all geared towards pairing sustainability with long-term value of our business, our suppliers and most importantly our customers:

Buy Green

  • The criteria for each our environmental attributes and wood-fibre categories are assessed by external consultants New Leaf Sustainability Practice before the information is published.
  • Customers can choose from approximately 6000 products with externally verified sustainability attributes.

Be Green

  • We operate environmental management systems supported by a programme of initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment that are certified to ISO14001 where appropriate.
  • Silver award in the EcoVadis sustainability rating achieved by Office Depot Deutschland GmbH
  • Natural meadow to protect threatened species like bees at our German warehouse

Sell Green

  • CO2 neutral customer deliverys in BNL-DACH since 2014
  • Planted over 530,000 trees in the Czech and Slovak Republics since 2003 with the Trees for Life program.
  • We operate 'take-back' schemes for ink and toner cartridges, electrical equipment and batteries.

Tell Green

We help customers to make informed purchasing decisions by increasing awareness of products with sustainability attributes and the impact of buying behaviours through the provision of transparent reports and other publications.

Social Compliance; making it fair for everyone...

When it comes to our own brand range of goods, our responsibility extends behond traditional structures in order to surpass social compliance, and we expect no less from our vendors.

We systematically conduct a variety of internal and independent audits to certify that our set of high standards are being met. This ensures that when a customer receives the final article they can be sure that the parties involved in delivering those goods were treated with respect.

Master Purchase Agreement and Supplier Guiding Principles

We expect our supply partners to adopt responsible labour practices to meet and exceed the principles set out in our Master Purchase Agreement and Supplier Guiding Principles (SGP).

Our SGP policy forms the basis of the contractual agreements between Office Depot and its vendors. We require our supply network to have in place or to develop and apply the necessary procedures to fulfil our SGP expectations across several key areas, including:

  • Labour Standards and Human Rights
  • Health and Safety
  • Environment
  • Security
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Management and Enforcement of the Standard


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