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Yalmaz Siddiqui

Office Depot's Director of Environmental Strategy

About Yalmaz

Yalmaz Siddiqui, is Office Depot's Director of Environmental Strategy. He is responsible for setting strategic direction and integrating a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization.

Office Depot's industry-leading environmental programs span all parts of the company - from supply chain (buying green) to internal operations (being green), to business and consumer markets (selling green).

Yalmaz's internal role is to initiate, facilitate and communicate environmental programs that are then implemented through Office Depot's core functions such as merchandising, purchasing, construction and marketing. He also helps educate suppliers and customers on environmental issues and opportunities. His goal is to help improve the environmental performance of Office Depot and its range of stakeholders.

Yalmaz came to Office Depot from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Senior Consultant in Customer Relationship Management, and author of the first global study on environmental purchasing of wood and paper products. Before IBM, he was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on the forest, paper and packaging industries.

Yalmaz is a frequent speaker at National and International Conferences on the environment, including:

  • What is green?
  • Shades of green
  • The green cost continuum
  • Specific ways going green can save you money
  • Specific ways going green make you money?
  • How to tap into the growing marketplace of green buyers
  • Small business growth through green - case studies

Yalmaz holds a Master of Philosophy in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge in England where his thesis focused on Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Analysis and Bio-mimicry. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing & International Business from McGill University in Canada.

Yalmaz is on the Board of Advisors of EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, www.epeat.net) and was the only Private Sector recipient of the Responsible Purchasing Network's 2009 Responsible Purchaser of the Year Award (www.responsiblepurchasing.org).

Yalmaz's WebCasts

How Going Green Can Save You Green -- 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (60min)

  • What is green?
  • Shades of green
  • The green cost continuum
  • Specific ways going green can save you money
  • Specific ways going green make you money?
  • How to tap into the growing marketplace of green buyers
  • Small business growth through green - case studies

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