At Office Depot, we are committed to be an environmental steward that supports healthy communities and helps our customers do the same. As part of this stewardship, we support the responsible use of chemicals in compliance with all laws and regulations. We seek to phase out chemicals of concern and improve the general management of chemicals.
To have the most widespread, positive impact on our customers, community, and company, we are focusing on applying these standards throughout all products. Office Depot places a high level of importance on implementing these policies throughout the entire company, including corporate, retail, service and distribution aspects of the business.
Private brand products: For our private brand products, Office Depot requires each product to comply with state and federal chemical requirements and continuously looks for safer chemical practices.
We have Private Brand Operating Guidelines, which include chemical testing requirements and increasingly rigorous standards. This ensures we are holding our brands to the highest standard and being transparent with our practices.
Using our professional partners and internal team of quality assurance engineers, we ensure that our private brand vendors are complying with Office Depot’s Quality Manual and biannual chemical testing of products that follow all state and federal requirements, including California’s Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act.
We work with factories that produce our private brand products on improving and educating them on their chemical management processes and the importance of taking precautions regarding chemical use.
Relationships with our vendors, suppliers, and other partners: To keep this commitment consistent throughout all aspects of our business, we coordinate with our vendors, suppliers, and other partners to emphasize the importance of adhering to our guiding principles. By providing access to educational and informational tools, our vendors and suppliers understand our standards and align with our values regarding Office Depot’s chemical footprint.
For hazardous materials, we utilize the WERCs system by UL to gather all necessary information to safely abide by shipping regulations. Our distribution and transportation teams work together and share the WERCs resource to gain greater awareness of our environmental impact within the industry and the actions we are taking to create a safer environment.
By partnering with an industry leader in hazardous waste disposal, Office Depot is eliminating hazardous waste sent to landfills. Our retail and supply chain facilities are required to accumulate and dispose of hazardous waste within the regulatory time frames and utilize proper disposal methods.
Keeping our customers in mind: We have taken our customers’ concerns into consideration when creating our environmental policies and we want to support our customers in their environmental priorities.
Office Depot’s Greener Purchasing Program is a six-step process that helps us transition customers to reach their greener purchasing goals.
Through Office Depot’s GreenerOffice Program, we created icons for our greener product assortment to showcase the attributes that are important to us and our customers. These icons, along with third-party eco labels, assist our customers in making purchasing decisions that are safer for the environment. These icons fall into three areas of impact: Use of Safer Chemicals & Avoid Exposure; Save Energy & Avoid Emissions; and Save Resources & Avoid Waste.
To allow for constant visibility to information in the interest of the safety of our customers, we provide easy access to Safety Data Sheets via OfficeDepot.com.
Recycling program: Through our E-waste, and Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling Programs, we work with the most qualified electronics and toner recycling partners and aspire to the highest industry standards. Our recycling goal is to ensure products and components are reused, recycled and/or disposed of properly and that chemical risks are managed responsibly.
A systematic and transparent approach will result in the greatest value for our business and our stakeholders. We will utilize our management programs and policies to effectuate and sustain our continued commitment to chemical management. We will continue to measure our progress and strive for strategic improvements to develop better options for our customers, communities, and company.
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