OfficeMax® green team awarded at FSC Awards
In addition, OfficeMax also received the Responsible Procurement Award at the 2012 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia Excellence Awards.
The awards were open to organisations and individuals in Australia who demonstrated a commitment to being involved in the FSC system by helping to create a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
OfficeMax has been a member of FSC Australia for the past four years and works actively with other supply and manufacturing partners to encourage them to become FSC certified.
OfficeMax Managing Director, Charles Agee, said that the awards reflect the brand’s core values and offering to its customers.
“Throughout our 40 year history in Australia we have worked to ensure our efforts to sustain the environment flow down from how we run our business, right through to the products we sell,” Charles said.
“OfficeMax was the first Australian office supplies company to recommend and sell FSC certified paper and it is one of our hero ranges that we actively promote throughout all our marketing materials and proudly highlight in our tender documents.
“Special thanks must go to our procurement team, who have worked tirelessly to educate our suppliers on the strict standards we’d like them to adhere to without sacrificing value for our customers. We constantly look to improve the ways in which we help them achieve their own Corporate Social Responsibility goals.
“We’ll continue to strive for excellence in this area, and the outside recognition is great motivation to do so,” he said.
Chief Executive at FSC Australia, Natalie Reynolds, said the fact that OfficeMax has won Retailer of the Year in successive years is testament to the company’s commitment to continual improvement.
“OfficeMax has been an excellent participant in our program, and they are proactively educating their business partners on FSC Australia’s ‘best practice’,” she said.
“The steps they take towards being a more sustainable business are better for the environment, without sacrificing business goals, quality of product or customer focus,” Natalie said.
Such steps include:
- Sourcing environmentally responsible products and the introduction of FSC certified papers into its private label range;
- Maintaining membership of the Australian Packaging Covenant, which helps organisations minimise the amount of product packaging used;
- Achieving ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification which involves in part, the implementation of transparent business practices showing dedication to sustainability and the environment; and
- It was named one of the world’s most ethical companies for 2012 by Ethisphere Institute.
To find out more about OfficeMax Australia please visit www.officemax.com.au