Staples' employees make a difference
TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Staples, the world's largest office
products company and second largest internet retailer, today announced
that it is donating $275,000 to five Canadian charities as part of the
company's global commitment to making a difference. The grants are
funded by the Staples Foundation, the company's private charitable arm
and are a part of Staples' new 2 Million & Change program, which gives
Staples associates around the world the opportunity to help choose
organizations to receive funding.
The top grant of $100,000 is going to Breakfast for Learning, a
non-profit organization dedicated to child nutrition programs in
Canada. "The generosity of The Staples Foundation will help Breakfast
for Learning give 5,000 hungry children close to 77,000 nourishing
meals, delivered in school breakfast, lunch and snack programs across
Canada," said Wendy Wong, president and CEO of Breakfast for Learning.
"We thank Staples for helping Canadian children improve their ability
to learn, giving them the best chance of success in life."
Additional top grant recipients are: Kids Help Phone at $75,000,
Salvation Army at $50,000, WWF Canada at $25,000, and the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Canada at $15,000.
"Community and employee engagement is deeply embedded in our company
culture, and we're delighted with how our employees have responded to
this exciting approach to corporate giving," said Steve Matyas,
president of Staples Canada. "Together, we are dedicated to supporting
worthy charities that are working tirelessly to make a difference."
Canadian associates voted for the charities to receive funding under the
new 2 Million & Change program.
"We feel it's vital to support deserving organizations across the globe.
Our new 2 Million & Change program builds on our commitment to make a
difference and offers our associates a voice in how we achieve this,"
said Mike Zahra, president of Staples Advantage.
2 Million & Change is just one example of Staples' commitment to the
communities in which the company's employees live and work, and is part
of its overall approach to corporate social responsibility.
To learn more about the Staples Foundation, visit www.staplesfoundation.org.
About Staples Canada
Staples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products.
Serving all types of business - from the small home office to large
enterprise - Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their
offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection
of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as
well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance,
and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the
province of Quebec and Staples Canada in all other provinces, the
company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at their head
office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top ten
Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011
Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to
offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to
shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros
also is invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively
support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in
Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Staples Advantage Canada
As the business-to-business division of Staples, Staples Advantage works
with companies of 20 or more employees to develop customized programs
with dedicated account management and a complete assortment of products
and services to meet business needs.
As the leading supplier in Canada, Staples Advantage works with business
partners to provide office supplies, technology products, facility
supplies, furniture, and business services. Staples Advantage Canada is
headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with eight distribution centres
across Canada. Visit www.staplesadvantage.ca for more information, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.
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