Officeworks - Environment
As the world transitions to a zero-carbon future and an economy that embraces circularity, collaboration and collective action will be crucial to deliver the systems-level change that is needed. Officeworks is committed to doing its part to lead positive change by taking a more holistic approach to reduce carbon emissions and waste generation across the entire supply chain, influencing those activities within Officeworks’ direct and indirect control.
Customers expect Officeworks to address climate change and to reduce impacts caused by product packaging and product disposal. As part of its People & Planet Positive 2025 commitments, Officeworks has set ambitious targets to address climate change and contribute towards a more circular economy, which involves working more closely with supply chain partners to influence activities outside of Officeworks’ direct control. Officeworks’ success in reducing emissions and waste previously provides it with the opportunity to share insights with its partners and inspire greater collective action.
Officeworks has reinforced its commitment to taking meaningful climate action, which includes using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 as part of the roadmap to achieving net zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030, planting 2 million trees as part of the Restoring Australia initiative and reducing supply chain emissions caused by the raw materials and products sold at Officeworks.
Officeworks’ circular economy commitments include becoming a zero-waste business by designing out waste and maximising recycling, ensuring the packaging from all products it sells is reusable or recyclable, and helping customers dispose responsibly of products at the end of their life cycle. Since establishing the Bring it Back program in 2015, Officeworks has helped customers divert over 5,600 tonnes of unwanted products from landfill for recycling, with a goal to repair, repurpose or recycle at least 17,000 tonnes of unwanted products by 2025.
Key achievements during the year included reducing operational emissions by 7.2 per cent and recycling 91 per cent of all operational waste, while reducing waste sent to landfill by 32 per cent.
Officeworks’ focus for next year will be to continue to deliver on its 2025 climate action and circular economy commitments. This includes installing solar energy systems at more stores, working closer with suppliers to identify ways to reduce emissions in their supply chains and continuing the work to reduce impacts caused by product packaging, including the packaging use within its own supply chain operations.