Massachusetts-based Staples, the largest US office supply store chain announced late last week it was canceling its contract with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) over environmental concerns. The action by Staples ended an eleven year relationship between the two companies.
APP supplied roughly five percent of Staples paper products including some marketed under the Staples brand. Staples spokesman Owen Davis said the company stopped buying from Asia Pulp "due to their clear lack of progress in improving their environmental performance.''
APP has been under fire from environmental groups including Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund for its practices including alleged illegal logging in Indonesia and China and other issues.
While Staples action does not specifically address packaging its relevant as a significant move focusing on the sourcing of materials. Staples clearly determined continuing its relationship with APP was detrimental and could negatively impact its business.