Officeworks - Sourcing paper and wood responsibly

Officeworks is committed to sourcing paper and wood products from sustainable and responsible sources and has a zero-tolerance approach for illegally logged timber entering its supply chain. 

Responsible forest management includes complying with relevant laws, minimising negative environmental impact, maintaining high conservation values, respecting the rights of workers and Indigenous people, maintaining positive community relations, protecting workers’ health and safety, and implementing ecologically and socially appropriate forest management and restoration techniques. 

Officeworks continued to make good progress with its goal that by December 2020, all paper products are to be FSC certified or made from 100 per cent recycled content. As at 30 June 2020, 90 per cent of all paper products sold met this criterion, up from 81 per cent during the previous financial year. Following extensive stakeholder engagement, in March 2020, Officeworks welcomed the transition of Reflex copy paper to be produced from FSC certified sources, removing the need to manufacture the product with material sourced from Victorian native forests.

With over 10,000 products that contain wood fibre, Officeworks’ approach is underpinned by the Officeworks Sustainable Wood Fibre Sourcing Policy, credible third-party certification and supply chain transparency to inform sourcing decisions.  This includes the requirement for all suppliers of paper and wood-based products to disclose detailed information, including chain of custody information, timber species and country and region of harvest. Products that do not meet these requirements will be excluded from Officeworks’ supply chains.

The sustainable sourcing of paper products has created the foundation for Officeworks to go beyond minimising environmental impacts in their own supply chains to having a positive impact through the Restoring Australia initiative, in which two trees will be planted for every one used, based on the weight of paper products sold. As of 30 June 2020, more than 603,000 native trees had been planted across Australia in partnership with Greening Australia.