26 September 2007 — Delray Beach (FL): Office Depot is to build its first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified retail store in Austin, Texas in mid-2008.
The news follows a similar announcement made by its biggest rival Staples yesterday.
Depot revealed its plans in conjunction with the release of its 2007 corporate citizenship report (CCR). The report highlights the company’s commitment to community, ethics, diversity and environmental sustainability around the world. This year Depot donated its one millionth backpack as part of the company’s National Backpack programme. The retailer also doubled the number of factories inspected by its social accountability programme and reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its North American facilities by over ten percent.
Steve Odland, chairman and CEO, said: "Office Depot’s success as a global company is built on our vision of delivering winning solutions that inspire worklife, as well as our values of integrity, innovation, inclusion, customer focus and accountability. This year’s corporate citizenship report is one more step in our constant effort to acknowledge and validate the importance of both."
The report is available online at www.officedepot.com/corporatecitizenship