Staples Ends Contracts With Asia Pulp on Environment

Staples Inc., the world’s largest office-supplies retailer, ended its contracts with Asia Pulp & Paper Co. because of its environmental practices. As reported by Heather Burke for,

“The retailer stopped its 11-year relationship with Asia Pulp in late January, spokesman Owen Davis wrote in an e-mail today. Staples got about 5 percent of its paper from Asia Pulp, which it used in some Staples-brand products. Davis declined to disclose the value of the contracts….Asia Pulp’s partners have cleared about 50,000 acres of natural forest in the Bukit Tigapuluh national park, in many instances violating Indonesian law, the WWF said. Asia Pulp has denied any violations, saying it received proper licenses.” This was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

It is great to see a positive influence on business practices from the WWF’s efforts to publicize environmental problems around the world. For more information, see the World Wildlife Fund links two posts ago on this site.

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  1. Hi!
    That’s a great story. I just wrote about the same issue and padded it out somewhat. The real issue will be if APP will abandon its practice of relying partially on mature forests. The company has denied it’s doing anything wrong since Greenpeace made its revelations in 2004. But perhaps they will change their tune later this week when Staples officially announces their move. Since 2004, a hoist of companies have been pressured to botch relations. Check out my story on (Staples Sees The Wood For The Trees) and keep posted by subscribing to my feed.

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  5. Megan, Thanks for your kind feedback and for taking the time to comment. Jim

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