Staples Advantage launches environmental initiatives

TORONTO—Staples Advantage Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples, has announced several environmentally-focused programs aimed at practicing and promoting sustainable business.
“We are committed to sustainability in all areas of our business,” said Michael Zahra, president, Staples Advantage Canada. “The programs we are announcing today will allow associates and customers alike to take part in our initiatives. We believe that if we can make it easier for people to be environmentally responsible, we all win.”
Staples Advantage is launching the Integrated Rating Indicator for Sustainability (IRIS), an interactive tracking tool developed to set goals, track progress and visually report on their sustainability initiatives to all their stakeholders. The company is also launching its 2013 Green Guide, featuring over 2,000 products with environmental attributes, as well as re-launching Sustainable Earth by Staples toner promotion. For every Sustainable Earth by Staples remanufactured toner purchased from May 1 to July 31, $1 will be donated to Evergreen to support their community greening efforts. Last year, Staples Advantage donated $25,000 from the success of the program.
This year, Staples Advantage will be dedicating half of the proceeds from the Fifty Green initiative to fund Tree Canada’s School Greening Program where Staples will help green 10 schools across the country. The other half of the proceeds will continue to support the organization’s National Greening Program, which plants trees to help offset the environmental impact of small deliveries. Staples Advantage so far has donated over $500,000 to the cause.