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Corporate Express Challenges Aussie Businesses to Go Green

Two new initiatives launched to help businesses become more sustainable

Submitted by: Corporate Express Australia Limited

Categories: Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Aug 31, 2010 – 10:33 PM EST


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Aug. 31 /CSRwire/ - Corporate Express has recently announced two major initiatives designed to encourage and assist Australian businesses to become more environmentally and socially sustainable.

Corporate Express' Go Green Guide - for a Greener Workspace aims to encourage and facilitate sustainable procurement for Australian businesses. The guide includes tangible advice and simple 'how to' steps for businesses of all sizes, as well as almost 2,000 EarthSaver -classified(1) products to help businesses make the right purchasing choices.

A partnership with GreenBizCheck, an internationally acclaimed environmental certification program, will meanwhile assess and guide businesses on what they need to do in order to make their business more sustainable, without requiring a large time or financial investment.

The guide and partnership are the latest market-leading initiatives from Australia's primary single source supplier of office supplies, which has been at the forefront of green business practices for over 10 years.

Jennifer Levasseur, CSR Manager at Corporate Express said: "Businesses are increasingly under pressure from staff and customers to 'go green' and they have a responsibility to society beyond profit maximisation and job creation. However, quite often, businesses don't have access to the information they need to make this happen."

"We are committed to being an environmentally sustainable company and focussed on helping Australian businesses realise how easy it is to go green – regardless of their size or what industry they work in. The facts and figures included in the guide demonstrate that businesses can minimise the effects they have on the environment, even if they take small steps," Levasseur stated.

Go Green Guide, which is 100 per cent recyclable, features:

  • Over 1500 environmentally preferable products across all lines of business;
  • Facts and figures demonstrating the effect all businesses can have on the environment by using environmentally preferable products;
  • Explanations of certification labels to help businesses make environmentally conscious purchasing decisions;
  • An action plan that provides businesses with easy steps on how to start their journey towards creating a greener workspace.

"Even in a challenging financial climate Corporate Express maintained an ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices. Sustainability is part of the way we do business, and our latest initiatives are designed to demonstrate to our customers how they can make it part of their core business principles,” said Paul Hitchcock, CEO of Corporate Express.

Earlier this year Corporate Express released its second annual Sustainability Report, which highlighted its significant achievements in the marketplace, environment, community and workplace, such as reducing its gross CO2 emissions by 20% on the previous year.

About Corporate Express

Corporate Express (CE) is one of Australia's leading suppliers of business products and services, with a product offering including office products, IT solutions, business furniture, print management, canteen and catering supplies, promotional marketing, facility supplies and education products.

With over 50 offices around Australia and New Zealand, customers can access products and consolidate orders regardless of location and with next day delivery in most capital cities. In June, Corporate Express also released its 2009 Sustainability Report. The report summarises Corporate Express' initiatives for 2009 and introduces new targets for 2010.

The Sustainability Report is available at: www.ce.com.au/Sustainability/Sustainability_Report/sustainability_report.aspx.

About GreenBizCheck

GreenBizCheck is a global technology-based environmental certification program for business. GreenBizCheck provides certification for offices, retail, IT, food & beverage and
recruitment, helping companies to quickly implement sustainable environmental practices which save money, conserve energy, water, resources and minimise waste.

(1)The EarthSaver range consists of products which meet specific criteria in relation to recycled content, end of lifecycle management, low ecological
footprint, sustainable sourcing or energy conservation/greenhouse benefits.

For more information, please contact:

Kate Dudman Senior Account Executive, Porter Novelli
Phone: +61 2 8987 2100
Fax: +61 2 8987 2142
Hayley Kerrigan Senior Account Manager, Porter Novelli
Phone: +61 2 8987 2100
Fax: +61 2 8987 2142


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