Consultative process proves beneficial
OfficeMax today introduced its paper procurement
policy, enhancing the company's current environmental policy by setting direct
product expectations and business relationship expectations for paper product
suppliers. The OfficeMax paper procurement policy defines performance criteria
for its product suppliers in the selection of raw materials and production of
paper products and will guide the company's actions in support of its
commitment to environmental sustainability. OfficeMax developed the policy
through a consultative process that included viewpoints from OfficeMax
associates, customers, suppliers and environmental organizations who share our
interests in the environmental impacts of paper production.
"We are proud of the progress we made in
creating this paper procurement policy," said Ryan Vero, executive vice
president and chief merchandising officer for OfficeMax. "The inclusion of
outside parties brought diverse viewpoints and perspectives that ultimately delivered
a balanced and realistic policy that achieved our common goals."
Among the policy's stated expectations for product
suppliers are the tracking of raw materials used in the making of paper
products, elimination of products from endangered areas and discontinuation of
converting natural forests to industrial tree plantations.
Through its paper procurement policy, OfficeMax
commits to creating systems to ensure our suppliers are meeting stated
expectations. "This paper procurement policy provides meaningful incentive
for our suppliers of paper products to carefully consider environmental
sensitivities. We will continue to work with these stakeholders to implement
our commitments and achieve our important goals," said Vero.
OfficeMax has notified its suppliers about areas of
concern to two environmental groups; the Cumberland Plateau, specifically
identified by Dogwood Alliance, and First Nations' concerns about the impact of
fiber originating from Canadian forests, an issue specifically identified by
ForestEthics. OfficeMax will continue to urge its suppliers to resolve these
matters through their supply chains.
Ongoing progress achieved through the active
implementation of the OfficeMax environmental policy and paper procurement
policy will be presented in the company's annual Environmental Report.
OfficeMax promotes environmentally responsible
behavior to its customers and associates through various programs and
activities. OfficeMax was the first office product retailer to provide an ink
cartridge refill service, allowing retail customers to reuse printer ink
cartridges instead of discarding them and, thus, reducing landfill content.
Through a long-term ink cartridge recycling
incentive program, OfficeMax provided more than 500,000 reams of recycled
content paper to customers. Today, OfficeMax offers a $3 gift card for each
printer ink cartridge turned in for recycling, allowing customers greater
has committed to identifying and supporting recycled-content paper and paper
products with a target of 30% average post-consumer fiber content. Among its
current selection of environmentally preferable products, OfficeMax offers
recycled content paper at all retail outlets, including the first nationally
distributed 100% post-consumer paper, and also promotes use of recycled content
paper within the company's own operations. OfficeMax ImPress, providing print
and document production services to all OfficeMax customers, also uses recycled