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Accreditations and Participations

The breadth of Office Depot UK’s environmental accreditations and participations demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability.


ISO 14001:2004 Office Depot has maintained an ISO 14001 certification in the UK & Ireland since 2002. Independent accreditors LRQA regularly audit the company’s Environmental Management System to ensure compliance with the standard.


ISO 14064-1 As part of Office Depot’s commitment to third party verification of its environmental data the annual UK & Ireland greenhouse gas footprint report is independently assured to ISO14064-1. Details of our footprint can be seen below.


Achilles Achilles UVDB helps utility companies manage risk within their supply chain by assessing potential suppliers against health and safety, environment, quality assurance and social compliance criteria. In 2016 we scored 100%.


Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme FISP demonstrates that a furniture manufacturer or reseller is taking its environmental and corporate social responsibility obligations seriously.


WWF Global Forest & Trade Network - UK Office Depot, as a GFTN participant, is committed to a stepwise approach towards responsible purchasing and forestry practices which means: buying from legal and known sources, excluding controversial sources and aiming for credibly certified sources such as FSC.

Along with the other WWF UK-GFTN members, we have also taken the additional step of publishing our annual report together with details of our priorities and challenges enabling other companies to benchmark themselves and learn from our experiences. The report is available on our Office Depot and Viking Direct websites.


Forest Stewardship Council ® Office Depot UK and Ireland are FSC® chain of custody certified.

Chain of Custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC labelled products can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified. FSC works to improve forest management worldwide, and through certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices.


Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification PEFC is the world's leading forest certification organization. An international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.

As a supplier with both FSC and PEFC chain of custody certification, Office Depot offers a great choice of certified products that are easily identified in our catalogues and on-line.

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Royal Warrants Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to companies that have demonstrated the highest standards of service and excellence. Office Depot is proud to hold two Warrants granted by HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales is only issued to organisations that can demonstrate a robust environmental policy and commitment to sustainability.

2016/17 Results

Product Claims

Across the European region we have over 10,000 skus with environmental claims. Approximately 4,000 of these products are ranged to the UK and Ireland with approximately 2,000 available in the 2017 Office Depot UK catalogue. This equates to 21% of the catalogue products carrying a verified claim. Of the 2,000 “green” catalogue products, 992 are own-brand.

  Number of products with environmental attributes % of products with environmental attributes
OD Catalogue Own-brand in OD Catalogue OD Catalogue % of own-brand in OD Catalogue
2015 1998 1003 20.66% 10.37%
2016 2020 984 21.39% 10.42%
2117 1983 992 20.38% 10.70%
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The evidence required for an environmental product claim to be made is agreed with external consultants, Newleaf Sustainability Practice, who then independently verify the information provided by the suppliers before a claim is made to our customers. The details of the claims are documented in BMS Manual Annex ENVTs Product Claims Criteria.

Waste Management

Site Waste (Tonnes) 2015 2016
Total Waste 2933 187 3120 2284 154 2439
Total Recycled 2636 180 2817 1964 152 2116
Recycling % 90% 96% 90% 86% 99% 87%
Total Waste to Energy 296 6 303 320 2 323
Waste to Energy 10% 4% 10% 14% 1% 13%
Total Diverted from Landfill* 2933 187 3120 2284 154 2439
Landfill Diversion % 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
* excludes sanitary waste
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  • Zero waste to landfill was achieved for the third consecutive year.
  • We recycled 87% of the waste generated, narrowly missing the 90% target. In 2017 we plan to send the general waste and mixed recycling from our head office facility to a mixed recycling facility (MRF) for pre-treatment, therefore separating more recyclate before the balance goes to waste to energy.


Empty Ink & Toner Cartridges Returned for Recycling / Remanufacture in 2016

UK & IE Quantity Re-usable Quantity Recovered Total Quantity
Fusers 171 25 196
Inkjet 2,367 268 2,635
Ink tanks 1,634 2,519 4,153
Lasers 61,344 33,395 94,739
Waste 0 61,669 61,669
Total 65,516 97,876 163,392
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Customers can return empty toner and inkjet cartridges to Office Depot for remanufacture or recycling rather than them ending up in landfill. Toner recycling boxes can be ordered using product code 5006610. When full a registered waste carrier will collect the box.

Energy Consumption

In 2016 82% of the electricity consumed by UK sites and 100% by the Dublin site was purchased on renewables tariffs.

Sites Green Consumption Brown Consumption
(kWh) (%) (kWh) (%)
UK 7,912,040 82% 1,721,510 18%
Ireland 1,187,712 100% - -
Total 9,099,752 84% 1,721,510 16%
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Our greenhouse gas report is independently verified to ISO14064-3 by SGS. Verification number CCP240045/1/2016/05/2017.

Actual Usage Comparison Tonnes CO2e
2016 2015
Scope 1 (gas and diesel oil, refrigerants, owned delivery vehicles, propane, fire extinguishers and company cars) 4203 4695
Scope 2 (purchased electricity) 4273 4984
Scope 3 (third party deliveries, hire cars, business travel and electricity transmission and distribution) 9726 8074
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Water Consumption

Country Consumption - Cubic Metres
2014 2015 2016
UK 13055 11708 13643
Ireland 3454 3754 3346
Total 16509 15462 16989
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