STAPLES Business Depot's community@work Results Demonstrate Canadians Helping Students and the Environment



    School Supply Drive and Recycle for Education programs most successful
    ever, raising more than $600,000

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - STAPLES Business Depot and its customers helped
many young Canadians, who would otherwise be struggling to start the school
year on the right foot. Through the company's new community@work initiative,
much-needed donations were provided to schools and kids across Canada.
    A survey conducted by STAPLES Business Depot this summer found Canadian
parents pay an average of about $1,300 per student per year for clothes and
supplies. The survey also found individual teachers go out of pocket up to
$500 per year for basic classroom supplies.
    "The research proved there was a need to develop a wide-scale community
giving program that could effectively reach out and help," says Steve Matyas,
president, STAPLES Business Depot. "We know there are many schools that
deserve a helping hand. That's how community@work was born."
    Launched this year, community@work is a company-wide community giving
program that focuses on three core areas: environment, education and
entrepreneurship. The School Supply Drive and Recycle for Education are just
two of the programs that were developed in response to parents and schools
struggling to provide the basics for community classrooms. STAPLES Business
Depot encouraged customers to make in-store donations of school supplies or
cash through its annual School Supply Drive, held in stores across the country
between August 11 and September 9, 2007. This year's School Supply Drive was
more successful than ever, raising over $300,000.
    "Customers have been picking up an extra package of pens to help those
who need a hand and they've been dropping off their used ink and toner
cartridges to help the environment and their schools at the same time," adds
Matyas. "We can all be proud knowing we made a difference to those in need."
    Recycle for Education is an ink and toner recycling program where
customers are encouraged to drop off their used cartridges at any store
location. For every eligible cartridge collected, STAPLES Business proudly
donates $1. This year $450,000 will be distributed amongst registered schools
across Canada.
    As a result of the very generous donations made by STAPLES Business Depot
customers and the following vendor partners: Acme, Avery, BIC, Elmer's,
Fiskars, Sanford, Hilroy and Winnable, many students and schools are returning
to class this year with much-needed supplies.

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    STAPLES Business Depot was founded in Toronto in 1991. It is Canada's
largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and
business services for the small business and home office customer. The company
is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces
across Canada under the banners STAPLES (R) Business Depot(TM) and BUREAU EN
GROS(TM). The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through more
than 273 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES (R) Business
Depot(TM)/BUREAU EN GROS(TM) is committed to making shopping easy by offering
customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. More
information is available at www.staples.ca.

    About Staples

    Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is
the world's largest office products company. With 69,000 talented associates,
the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office
products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services.
With 2005 sales of $16.1 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses
ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries
throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples operates more than 1,800 office superstores and also serves
its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses.
More information is available at www.staples.com.
    For further information, to speak to someone from STAPLES Business Depot,
please contact:

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For further information:

For further information: Anne Adamson, Veritas Communications, (416)
482-2248 x 241, adamson@veritascanada.com; Alessandra Saccal, STAPLES Business
Depot, (905) 737-1147 x 2363, (416) 570-9978, alessandra.saccal@staples.ca


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