Winning gold for greener workplace practices

In 2014, Office Depot, Inc. recognized Eastman with a Special Recognition for Workplace Recycling award during the Office Depot Leadership in Greener Purchasing Summit. The award was presented for Eastman’s exemplary ink and toner cartridge recycling rate of 81 percent. Out of more than 6,000 Office Depot customers, Eastman was one of only 30 to be recognized. The award reflected the hard work by Eastman’s indirect procurement team to promote cartridge recycling since starting a contract with Office Depot in 2012. As well as recycling, Eastman’s indirect procurement team has actively promoted ecoconscious office supplies to Eastman buyers, including but not limited to recycled paper, remanufactured toner cartridges, organic coffee, refillable pens and energy efficient lighting.

“I am very proud of Eastman’s emphasis on sustainability,” said Tina Davis, director of Global Indirect Procurement and Supply Chain at Eastman. “As the recipient of Office Depot’s Workplace Recycling award, we have demonstrated Eastman’s corporate strategy as a responsible steward in our immediate geographic area and across the globe.”

Following the awards event in 2014, Eastman and Office Depot jointly hosted a Green Summit at Eastman’s corporate headquarters in early 2015. Eastman’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Godefroy Motte, and Office Depot’s Senior Director of Sustainability, Yalmaz Siddiqui, highlighted Eastman’s progress over the past three years and recognized the top five “green” office supply purchasers at Eastman.

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