Our Positive Difference Plan
Together, we are making a positive difference everyday
We understand the importance of operating a responsible and sustainable business that supports the communities where our customers, suppliers, and team members live and work. This is all part of our positive difference plan, which outlines our goals to reduce our environmental impact, source products in sustainable and responsible ways, and to support the aspirations of our team and our communities.
Making a positive difference in local communities
Each Officeworks store supports their local communities through sausage sizzles, children's workshops and local community groups.Find out more
Supporting children's education
Through partnerships with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) and The Smith Family, Officeworks is committed to supporting children's education.Find out more
Our commitment to the environment
Officeworks is committed to the environment through a number of programs such as Restoring Australia and Bring IT Back.Find out more
Responsible and sustainable sourcing
Officeworks is committed to sourcing products and services in a sustainable and responsible way. Learn more about it here.Find out more
Each year Officeworks releases a sustainability report which highlights activities and initiatives undertaken to make a positive difference to our communities. These reports include information and statistics on the following topics; environmental impact of products and operations, products from sustainable materials, ethical sourcing, learning and development, safety, diversity, community and future sustainability priorities.
Community Involvement History
Officeworks has been an avid contributor to the community for more than 22 years through local community involvement, environmental initiatives and National fundraising campaigns. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve achieved.
Planet Ark (2005-present)
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' is an innovative recycling program that provides Australians with a free, easy and environmentally-accredited way to recycle their used printer cartridges. Thanks to you, Officeworks have collected over 7 million printer cartridges for recycling.
The Smith Family (2007-present)
We have supported The Smith Family in various ways since 2007. These have included literacy pack donations and donations from Ollie Bear purchases. Now, each back to school period we hold an appeal. During the Back to School Appeal, customers can donate in-store and online. Funds raised during this time go towards sponsoring students as part of The Smith Family’s Learning For Life program. We also donate funds from bag purchases and technology products through The Smith Family’s Tech Pack program.
Disaster Relief (2008-present)
During times of a natural disaster in Australia, Officeworks encourages customers to make a donation in-store and all monies collected are donated to the appropriate government facilitator in collecting funds.
Bring IT Back (2008-present)
In 2008, Officeworks Ballarat and Dandenong were the first retail destinations in Australia to collect computer equipment for recycling. Since then, our Bring IT Back program has expanded nationally collecting an estimated 400,000 kilograms annually.
RSL - ANZAC Appeal (2009-present)
Since 2009 Officeworks has been supporting the RSL by facilitating the sale of ANZAC Day badges.
RSL - Remembrance Day (2009-present)
Officeworks continues to support the RSL by facilitating the sale of Poppies and holding a 1 minute silence on the eleventh hour on the 11th of November.
Mobile Muster (2010-present)
MobileMuster is the Australian mobile phone industry's official product stewardship program. It's a free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories.
Blue September (2010-2012)
For 3 years Officeworks raised valuable funds for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and Bowel Cancer Australia through the Blue September fundraising campaign.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea (2010-2013)
Officeworks stores nationally hosted their very own morning tea amongst customers to raise valuable funds for the Cancer Council Australia.
Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (2010-present)
We have supported The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) in various ways since 2010. These have included stationery donations, participating in Share-a-book campaign which allowed customers to donate pre-loved books and funds from the purchase of ALNF bags. Now, each September we hold an appeal for the ALNF Wall of Hands Appeal. During this period customers can donate in-store and online.
Lions Club - Christmas Cakes (2012-2016)
For four years the Lions Club would sell Christmas cakes at the front of our stores.
National Reconciliation Week (2012-present)
We continue to recognise Australia’s Indigenous history and culture by running cultural awareness activities for children and families during National Reconciliation Week. This activity supports the Officeworks Indigenous Program.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (2012-2014)
For 3 years Officeworks raised funds for the AWC through the sale of a woven bag in which part proceeds were donated.
Officeworks assisted Canteen by selling bottled water in which part proceeds were donated.
Defib Your Club for Life (2012-2014)
Through a partnership with Defib your club, Officeworks stores invited local sporting clubs to utilise their stores sausage sizzle fundraising service to raise adequate funds to purchase a Defibrillator for their club.
Tour De Cure (2013)
Officeworks team members formed a cycling team to raise funds through cycling tours and events to support Tour De Cure.
Officeworks has used Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) since 2012. Sedex is a global web-based platform that enables Officeworks' suppliers to share self-assessment information in the areas of labour standards, health and safety, environmental management and business integrity.
Global Forest and Trade Network (2013-present)
Officeworks became a participant in World Wild Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN). The GFTN is designed to increase accountability for products derived from forests. Through the GFTN participation, Officeworks is working towards sourcing more products from sustainably managed forests with credible forest certification such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
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