If you want to see just how complicated a supply chain can be, the operations of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) on Hainan Island, China, gives an idea of what goes into products that we often take for granted. And considering that APP is also an integral supplier to companies around the world, it is easy to see how one wayward employee or lax oversight can land a company in hot water with its stakeholders, particularly environmentalists. In APP’s case, its business on Hainan — from tree seedlings to the finished product — offers a case study on what it takes to evolve into a more responsible and sustainable company. Trees, obviously, are to APP what wheat, soy or palm oil are to other companies. APP’s managed forests in Indonesia combine to cultivate far more raw material for the company than its current holdings in China. But those forests, concentrated in Hainan, offer a sense of the scale APP has developed as the world continues to demand paper. APP’s most recent tour for journalists started from Haikou, the province’s capital and home to 2 million people. Skyscrapers and condominium high-rises eventually give way to a lush landscape of palm trees and plantations that grow just about everything from bananas to mangoes to rubber. After a 90-minute drive, we arrived at a site where eucalyptus trees soar when compared to the stalks of a papaya farm just a few hundred yards away.
Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading B2B integrated distribution company providing business services and supplies, products and technology solutions, today announced the release of its 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report, incorporating sustainability information for Office Depot, CompuCom and Grand & Toy. Additionally, the report contains the company’s public-facing sustainability goals around energy consumption, transportation emissions and local communities.
“We are committed to decreasing the company’s environmental impact through waste diversion programs, greener packaging, transportation innovations and product solutions that extend throughout the lifecycle,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer for Office Depot, Inc. “We look at sustainability as another challenge we can help our customers address. By supporting the social and environmental values of our customers, we are able to significantly scale our impact beyond our walls and into the workplace of every customer.”
Progress and accomplishments highlighted in the 2019 report include:
• Planet:• 4.4 million pounds of technology and e-waste recycled
• 24,000 metric tons of waste diverted from landfills
• 8 percent reduction in GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions
• 11 percent reduction in energy consumption
•People: Associates volunteered25,405 total hours to various community investment initiatives.
•Prosperity: By partnering with minority-, women-, veteran-, disabled- and LGBT-owned businesses through Office Depot’s supplier diversity program, diverse businesses reached$400+ million in sales.
Office Depot’s new sustainability goals include:
• Increasing Office Depot associate volunteers 216 percent in 2019 vs. 2018
• Increasing Office Depot associate hours of service 80 percent in 2019 vs. 2018
• Reducing energy consumption 10 percent by 2021
• Improving cube utilizations 10 percent by 2021
• Reducing miles per gallon consumption in the company’s private fleet 15 percent by 2021
more detail at: https://www.officedepot.com/cm/help/sustainability-report