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Performance Highlights


The performance and progress reported below reflect the vast majority of our global business operations, based on data available to date. We recognize that in some cases, our performance will vary year to year due to a variety of direct and indirect factors, so we make sure to look at both long-term progress against our baseline as well as our year-over-year performance. View detailed performance data on our Performance Summary page.

Vison Goals Progress
Sell more sustainable products and services. Continue to improve the sourcing, identification and promotion of greener products to customers. In 2015, Staples had $5.2 billion in sales of products with one or more environmental features, globally, representing 29% of total product sales.
Reduce the use of outbound packaging materials in the United States by 20% before 2020 from a 2011 baseline. From 2011 to 2015, the weight of all packaging materials used per package shipped decreased by 8%.
Offer customers easy recycling solutions. By 2020, recycle 100 million ink and toner cartridges each year across all operations. Globally, we collected approximately 56.8 million ink and toner cartridges in 2015, a decrease of approximately 9% from 2014. Based on continued declines in ink and toner sales, we’re collecting fewer units. We will be revising this goal to better reflect recycling as a percentage of sales.
By 2020, recycle 40 million pounds of eWaste each year globally. Globally, we collected approximately 26.5 million pounds of eWaste in 2015, a very slight decrease from 2014. This was despite closing 76 stores globally in FY15 (62 of which were in the U.S.), which reduces our available collection points.
Eliminate operational waste. Reduce waste to landfill by 25% globally before 2020 from a 2010 baseline. Globally, we sent approximately 38,590 tons of waste to the landfill in 2015, an approximately 2% increase from our 2010 baseline, largely due to improved data availability and, as a result, less estimation.
Maximize energy efficiency & use of renewable energy. Reduce the electrical intensity of our global operations by 25% before 2020 from a 2010 baseline. Our global electricity intensity in 2015 was 10.64 kWh/ft2, a 7.5% reduction from our 2010 baseline.
Ensure that 50% of our active locations in the United States achieve ENERGY STAR® certification by 2020. At the end of 2015, 38% (or 527) of our active U.S. facilities were designated as ENERGY STAR® certified. This represents an increase of 5 percentage points from 2014.
Reduce net global carbon emissions by 50% before 2020 from a 2010 baseline. In 2015, our global carbon emissions were approximately 396,580 MtCO2e, an approximately 28% decrease from our 2010 baseline emissions. This year, we have restated our goal and recalculated our emissions to reflect the new location-based methodology for calculating emissions from purchased electricity.