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Environment Groups To EndCampaign Vs Office Depot

Date : 25th March 2004, Source : Wall Street Journal



Environment Groups To End Campaign Vs Office Depot

2004-03-24

By Ann Carrns, Of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

ATLANTA (Dow Jones)--A coalition of environmental groups will announce Thursday an end to its campaign against Office Depot Inc. (ODP) due to the office supplier's stronger commitment to forest protection and the promotion of ecologically friendly products.

(This report and related background material will be available on The Wall Street Journal's Web site, WSJ.com.)

The Paper Campaign, an alliance headed by San Francisco-based ForestEthics and the Dogwood Alliance in Asheville, N.C., have pressured big office supply retailers to stock more recycled products and to police the source of paper they sell. The group first targeted Staples Inc.'s (SPLS) stores with a series of demonstrations, and for the past 16 months has focused on Office Depot, based in Delray Beach, Fla.

Earlier this week, Office Depot adopted a revised paper procurement policy that, among other things, includes more explicit language about the value of preserving "intact" natural forests, and avoiding products made with wood from illegal logging. Activists said the step promotes protection of vulnerable forests, particularly those in the Southeastern U.S. and in Canada.

"This is very significant and very clearly a step forward," said Danna Smith, campaign director for Dogwood Alliance.

Todd Paglia, executive director of ForestEthics, said the revised policy as well other steps by Office Depot, such as the funding of an alliance with three conservation groups to map endangered forests, are "an indication they're heading in the right direction."

Tyler Elm, director of environmental affairs for Office Depot, said "I am pleased that ForestEthics and the Dogwood Alliance recognize Office Depot's leadership position, strong environmental policies and the important role of conservation science in the development and implementation of policy."





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