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Staples Wins a 2017 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Award

Winners Unveiled on December 7 th at Black-Tie Event in New York City


Thursday, December 21, 2017 12:29 pm EST



Staples Wins a 2017 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples was named the Corporate Social Responsibility winner at the 2017 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards held in New York City on December 7th. Bob Valair, director of energy management for Staples, was also nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to energy conservation.

Hosted by S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, the annual awards program honors organizations and individuals in the energy industry who are dedicated to achieving excellence.

“We congratulate Staples for winning the Corporate Social Responsibility award,” said Martin Fraenkel, president of S&P Global Platts. “The independent panel of judges was impressed with Staples for its stand out performance in this awards category and for its commitment to the energy industry’s advancement.”

Whether at corporate offices, stores or warehouses, Staples looks at every aspect of the business and culture including environmental awareness of the products it consumes and produces to identify energy efficiencies. The company recently saved $1.5 million by changing regular lights to LEDs in over 1,000 stores and reduced water consumption by 65 percent at the Rialto, California facility by installing smart water meters.

“Our company takes a great deal of pride in running our operations efficiently to minimize our environmental footprint and impact on the environment,” said Valair. “We are constantly looking at ways create awareness and educate our associates, customers and the community on how to conserve energy.”

The program bestowed 20 awards upon companies and individuals before an audience of nearly 400 energy and finance executives. For the full list of 2017 Global Energy Awards winners, including the judges’ rationale, visit the Global Energy Awards website. A full summary of the winners is available via Platts Insight Magazine, which includes sector-by-sector energy outlook analysis reports.

About S&P Global Platts
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About Staples
Staples helps the world work better with work solutions that deliver industry-leading products, services and expertise across office supplies, facilities, breakroom, furniture, technology, promotional products, and print and marketing services. The company supports businesses of all sizes from sole-preneurs to the Fortune 100 and everything in between. We meet customers where they are with every-day low prices across multiple channels, including direct sales, e-commerce, mobile, AI-powered “conversational commerce” and retail. Headquartered near Boston, Mass., Staples operates in North America. More information about Staples is available at

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Bob Valair, Director of Energy Management (left), accepts the Corporate Social Responsibility award on behalf of Staples from Ira Joseph, Global Head, Gas & Power Analytics, S&P Global Platts (right), at the 2017 Global Platts Energy Awards ceremony. (Photo: Business Wire)
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