Office Depot recently recognized 22 U.S. organizations at their 9th Annual Leadership in Greener Purchasing Awards. The award winners were selected from among Office Depot’s largest 1,000 customers based on their green spend. The winners ranged from government bodies to educational institutions to the business sector.
“Office Depot congratulates the winners of our 9th Annual Leadership in Greener Purchasing Awards,” said Dave Trudnowski, senior vice-president of adjacency, sustainability and public sector strategy for Office Depot. “We are pleased to honour these organizations from across the country that have implemented and are actively pursuing increased sustainability through their purchasing decisions.”
Compared to others in their sector, the award winners had a higher green spend percentage. Office Depot calculates green spend percentage by comparing a customer’s expenditure on products with eco-attributes such as recycled content, energy-efficiency, non-toxicity, etc., and/or eco-labels such as FSC, EPEAT, GREENGUARD, GreenSeal and EcoLogo. Customer purchases with the highest level of meaningful eco-attributes and eco-labels were given extra weight in the selection process.
“One of the unique ways Office Depot sells greener is by celebrating our customers who buy greener,” says Molly Ray, senior manager of sustainability for Office Depot. “By recognizing our customers for achieving their sustainability goals, they’ll continue to make greener purchasing decisions in the future and we believe that other organizations will follow.”