Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Being a great company is about more than just sales

We believe that each and every person has a responsibility to do their part to better themselves, their communities and the natural environment we all share. And that includes us as a company too.

We embrace social responsibility across every aspect of our business, and foster it through our connections with our staff and customers, as well as our supplier partners and stakeholders.

Our strong corporate sustainability framework aligns with the global OfficeMax vision and we aim to achieve the highest levels of integrity within all of our business practices. This includes sourcing sustainable products, social accountability, audit of suppliers and our community initiatives, which include Max e-Grants, and our sponsorship of 0800 What's Up, as well as a number of education sponsorships and business partnerships.

Max e-Grants Programme

Education is an important part of a child's healthy development, but for some families, equipping their children with the resources needed for their schooling isn’t easy. 

We believe that every Kiwi kid deserves the same opportunity as the next. That’s why we developed the Max e-Grants programme in conjunction with child welfare charity Barnardos – to provide assistance to children, preventing them from feeling isolated or left out of activities due to social or economic disadvantage. 

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0800 WHAT'S UP Sponsorship

We’re dedicated to supporting New Zealand children beyond providing them with books and stationery for school. That’s why we’re proud to be official sponsors of 0800 What’s Up, a counselling helpline and webchat service that has been helping children and teenagers across New Zealand since 2001.

Barnardos 0800 What’s Up is a safe place for tamariki and rangatahi to talk confidentially about anything. Trained counsellors are available to chat 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Call 0800 942 8787 from 11 am to 11 pm, Monday – Sunday
  • Web chat at 11 am to 10.30 pm, Monday – Sunday

To access the service or for more details, visit

To download a range of posters and web banners for your classroom and school's website, visit here.

Education Sponsorship & Business Partnerships

At OfficeMax, we know that quality education is a community commitment. That’s why we support a number of educational organisations through sponsorship and business partnerships, which help provide information and training to those leading our educational programmes and schools. Learn more

AdmiNZ Sponsorship

OfficeMax is delighted to be partnering with AdmiNZ in 2023 to play our part in supporting and celebrating administration professionals across the country. The (newly named) OfficeMax AdmiNZ Administrative Professional Award (APA) is New Zealand’s most established and recognised administrative award.

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