Associates Choose Non-profit organizations to Benefit from Staples
AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2012--
Staples, the world’s largest office products company and second largest
internet retailer, today announced the charity recipients of 38 grants
funded by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of the
company. The grants are part of a new philanthropic initiative created
by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world
to direct funding to non-profit organizations.
Across Europe alone, 13 charities will receive grants funded by the
Staples Foundation totaling $252,500. The program generated more than
2600 votes from Staples associates across European countries.
“Staples is firmly committed to giving back to the communities in which
we live and work. We feel it is vital to support deserving organizations
across the globe, and our new Staples Foundation program offers our
associates and customers a voice in how we achieve this. Together, we
are dedicated to supporting worthy charities that are working tirelessly
to make a difference,” said Katy Dobbs, Director of Global Community &
Giving at Staples.
“Community and employee engagement is deeply embedded in our company
culture, and we’re delighted with how our associates and customers have
responded to this exciting approach to corporate giving."
The new program, called 2 Million & Change, is just one example of
Staples commitment to the communities in which the company’s associates
live and work, and is part of its overall approach to corporate social
responsibility. The 2 Million & Change program is awarding additional
funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million
in grants for the year.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and a trusted
source for office solutions. The company provides products, services,
and expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities
and breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore
concept in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second
in the world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates worldwide,
Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America,
Europe, Asia, and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes,
and consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More
information about Staples (Nasdaq:SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
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