Office Depot has promised to make sure its products wouldn’t destroy forests or hurt communities…But is it keeping those promises?
A new RAN report gave Office Depot a failing score for moving too slowly to protect forests and communities. Without strong implementation, its policies are empty promises, which leave forests and communities vulnerable.
Take action to demand that Office Depot keep its promise to make a real difference for forests and human rights.
Dear Office Depot Leadership,
I was deeply disappointed to learn that Office Depot was rated as one of the worst companies in terms of policy implementation in RAN’s recent report: Beyond Paper Promises: Assessing the impacts of corporate pulp and paper commitments on forests and frontline communities available here: https://www.ran.org/promises
As a company that was once known for its strong procurement policy, designed to protect forests and communities, I was discouraged to learn that this has not translated into real action. This lack of action has real impacts, including the destruction of priceless forests, the death of endangered species, and the theft of community-owned land.
I urge Office Depot to take urgent action to implement a strong procurement policy with targets to ensure it is not sourcing paper that is contributing to the loss of forests and biodiversity, climate change, and human rights abuses such as land grabbing for industrial pulp plantations.
The forests in Indonesia are known worldwide for their incredible biodiversity, their significance to our global climate, and their importance to the Indigenous and frontline communities who depend on them. As you may know, the main drivers of deforestation in Indonesia have been the development of industrial pulpwood and palm oil plantations, which have cleared diverse natural forests and peatlands and converted them to massive monoculture plantations. Often, these plantations are developed on the traditional and customary lands of Indigenous and local communities without their consent.
Your urgent action is required to protect forests and people. Office Depot’s reputation, as well as the world’s forests, are on the line.