Office Depot Recognizes Organizations in Greener Purchasing

Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, announced that 25 organizations from across the U.S. were recognized by the Company for Leadership in Greener Purchasing.  

The awards were presented during Office Depot’s Greener Purchasing Summit & Awards Ceremony on Nov. 15 in Oakland, Calif. To supplement the Awards Ceremony, speakers from Office Depot, Google, Saatchi & Saatchi, and the University of Washington presented on greener purchasing best practices. David Gottfried, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council and CEO of Regenerative Ventures, delivered the keynote address.

“Greener purchasing of office supplies can serve as a good proxy for an organization’s overall environmental commitment,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, senior director of Environmental Strategy for Office Depot. “The winners are an elite group – our top 25 greenest purchasers from over 7,500 customers that we evaluated using our unique green spend analysis and reporting tools.” 

The awards are based primarily on the percentage of the customers’ expenditure with Office Depot (from January to June 2011) on products with greener attributes such as recycled content; energy-efficiency; non-toxicity; and/or ecolabels such as FSC, EPEAT, GreenSeal, and EcoLogo. Customers whose business relationship with Office Depot only covered one or two product categories such as paper or ink and toner were excluded from the analysis, as the goal was to recognize those with broad-based, environmentally preferable purchasing programs. 

“Many of our customers choose to buy supplies from Office Depot in part due to our unique ability to support their environmental goals,” said Steve Calkins, senior vice president of Contract Sales for Office Depot. “We’re proud to recognize the organizations who show true leadership in greener purchasing and hope they serve as models for others to follow.” 

The following organizations received leadership awards during the Greener Purchasing Summit & Awards Ceremony: 

· Bechtel Corporation – Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· CB Richard Ellis – Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Chevron – Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· COACH – Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· DaVita – Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Eddie Bauer – Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Facebook – Special Recognition for End User Engagement

· Google – Special Recognition for Greener Supply Cabinets

· JM Family Enterprises, Inc. – Leadership in Greener Purchasing 

Legal, Financial & Professional Services
· Comerica – Financial Sector Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· JP Morgan Chase – Financial Sector Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Littler Mendelson Fastiff – Legal Sector Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· M&T Bank – Financial Sector Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· McKenna Long & Aldridge – Legal Sector Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Saatchi & Saatchi North America – Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom – Legal Sector Leadership in Greener Purchasing 

Non Profit / Academic / Association
· Environmental Defense – Non Profit Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Ormond Beach Chamber – Chamber of Commerce Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Screen Actors Guild – Non Profit Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· University of Washington – University Leadership in Greener Purchasing 

Public Sector
· City of Portland – Leadership in Supplier Environmental Engagement

· Department of Social & Health Services, State of Washington – State Agency Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· Department of Transportation, State of Washington – Special Recognition for Recycled 

Paper Purchasing
· Department of Veterans Affairs – Federal Leadership in Greener Purchasing

· State of Washington – State Government Leadership in Greener Purchasing 

For the past five years, Office Depot has recognized customers who have demonstrated the strongest commitment to greener purchasing of office products. Past recipients have included Southwest Airlines, MIT, Ricoh Electronics and the City of Peoria.