Our commitment to sustainability


Our Story

Sustainability is something we take very seriously. It’s a journey we’ve been on for over a decade, and in that time we’ve taken a lot of steps to reduce our impact on the environment. There is always more to learn and we are constantly looking for new ways to expand our efforts.

Our business practices are completely transparent and each year we review our environmental impact and assess where and how we can make improvements.

Since starting our sustainability initiatives, we’ve received ISO 14001 certification for our New Zealand operations and have been named one of the ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ by the Ethisphere Institute, but our commitment doesn’t stop within our own company. We work with our partners, suppliers, employees and customers to minimise any negative environmental and social impacts from our own operations, and from the products and services we provide.

A unique Environmental Management System

We’ve developed our very own Environmental Management System (EMS) designed to control documentation and help us better understand the impact our operations and activities have on the environment. It not only helps us to achieve our sustainability goals, but encourages and inspires us to keep improving our sustainability efforts.

Our system is a series of steps that begins with an environmental policy initiative driven by our Health, Safety & Sustainability manager. The policy is our basis for setting targets and objectives to reduce any negative environmental or social impacts from our own operations, products and services.

We evaluate our performance against these set objectives to see if our sustainability goals are being met and if not, we’ll make the necessary steps to fix it. Our evaluation is then reviewed by our senior leadership team who will set new targets in a revised plan. Through this cycle we are able to continually set new objectives with the ultimate goal of total sustainability in the future.

Would you like to view our Environmental Policy? Click here.

Click here for our Environmental Scope, which outlines the extent and boundaries of our EMS. 

Our Products

We prefer to work with businesses that share our values, so for OfficeMax brand products our sourcing team in Shenzhen, China ensures we only work with suppliers and vendors that are as committed to sustainability as we are. For more information on our Business Partner Standards, click here.

EcoMax Products

There is no official standard to measure whether or not a product is environmentally preferable, so we’ve developed our own criteria. All of the products in our EcoMax range are highlighted with green text throughout our catalogues and have met our high standards for inclusion, including:

  • A minimum of 30% recycled content
  • Made from recycled plastics, or
  • Features one of these environmental labels

Be in charge of your own sustainability criteria by getting to know these labels.  We check with the Ministry for the Environment about the meaning of these environmental labels and ensure claimed sustainable attributes are factual.

How we can help you

Working together towards sustainability means we can cover more ground in less time! Here are a few ways we can work with you towards your own environmental goals:

  • Look for products with eco-labels like Environmental Choice, use recycled content or select from our EcoMax range. Choose products that can be recycled, reused or refilled when you’re finished with them.
  • Recycling inkjet cartridges and toners is easy with Croxley Recycling. They operate a nationwide collection service and will collect free of charge. We can provide you with your Croxley Recycling Collection box and when it’s full, just call Croxley to arrange pickup!
  • Many of our chairs and sofas can be re-upholstered, which we can arrange for you. Simply contact your OfficeMax Account Manager for more information about extending the life of your furniture.
  • Consolidate suppliers and combine orders to reduce deliveries to your workplace and reduce packaging.
  • Make practical changes. For example, save paper by printing double-sided as your default.
  • When choosing suppliers, consider their individual environmental integrity and sustainability goals.
  • When you order from OfficeMax, you can use our Freight Carbon Emissions Calculator for complete GHG Visibility. You’ll receive a true and accurate picture of the amount of carbon emissions produced from deliveries of your orders (including returns). Ask your OfficeMax Account Manager for more information.
  • TechCollect - a free national recycling service available exclusively at OfficeMax Retail Stores. A variety of technology items can be dropped off at our stores for recycling. The programme partners with New Zealand’s only Environmental Choice licensed e-waste recycler ‘Croxley Recycling’.

Environmental Accreditations

For a list of environmental accreditations on products we sell, click here.

OfficeMax 2017/18 Sustainability Report

This year OfficeMax produced it's first Sustainability Report, focusing on our people, communication, dealing with waste, freight efficiency, delivery of ethical supply chain, and serving our customers.


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