OFFICEMAX STRENGHTENS GREEN POLICY

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OFFICEMAX STRENGHTENS GREEN POLICY

 user 2007-02-21 at 10:54:00 am Views: 40
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    OfficeMax strengthens green policy
    OfficeMax Enhances Environmental Position With Paper Procurement Policy,Consultative Process Proves Beneficial to Results
    NAPERVILLE,
    Ill., Feb. 07 — 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 purchase flexibility.OfficeMax 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 content paper.