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Community

We reach out to communities where our customers and associates live and work. Through our corporate giving program, we build alliances with international charitable organizations, develop cause marketing initiatives and fundraising campaigns, and support local communities with corporate donations. Staples® is a proud supporter of programs and initiatives that encourage education, build entrepreneurship and preserve the environment.

Our Mission and Our Vision

Our Mission is to establish Staples Canada as a socially responsible employer and retailer of choice by creating a responsible corporate environment in which associates, employees and customers are equally committed to supporting, enhancing and sustaining our communities.

Our Vision is to improve the quality of life in Canadian communities by continuously investing in sustainability and being socially responsible in every aspect of our business.

Education

We're helping to endorse the value of education in communities across Canada with programs such as the Annual School Supply Drive, which collects funds and products for local students in need, and the Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest.

Staples Canada is for Students
Over the years, the Staples Canada Annual School Supply Drive has generated over $8 million dollars for schools, non-profit organizations and community groups. The campaign is designed to help local students in need go back to school with the essential school supplies. Every year, the School Supply Drive helps thousands of Canadian students.

In 2013 alone, with the generous support of customers across the country, the drive raised more than $1.5 million dollars to assist thousands of students in need. The 9th Annual Supply Drive is coming back July 26 - September 8, 2014! Stop by one of our stores during these dates to donate at the cash register – all proceeds go to local community organizations and schools to help send students back to school with the essential school supplies.


In Quebec, our Bureau en Gros stores will run a campaign between July 27-September 3, 2014 to support Le Club des Petits Déjeuners, a breakfast club that assists nearly 18,000 children in 287 schools start their day with a healthy breakfast.

Click here for more information and to donate online.

Recycle for Education

Every year, Staples Canada, in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, provides 10 exceptional schools with a computer lab valued at $25,000 to further their environmental and educational work and recognize their eco stewardship. Almost 700 schools participated this year, by sending a questionnaire telling us about their green initiatives. Click here to see our 2014 winners, get inspired by their stories and view photos from each shoot.

Thank you to all of the schools that entered. Next year’s contest will open on January 5, 2015.

2 Million & Change
Since 2002, the Staples Foundation has been committed to making a positive difference in communities around the world by supporting thousands of charities globally. As part of our 2 Million & Change program globally, the Staples Foundation donated $2 million to charities in 25 countries worldwide in 2012. In Canada, we donated a combined total of $275,000 to Breakfast for Learning, Kids Help Phone, Salvation Army, WWF Canada and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

Environment

Staples Canada proudly supports organizations committed to the preservation and protection of our environment. Partnering with and sponsoring organizations such as WWF Canada and the Recycling Council of Canada allows us to maintain strong community relations as well as support causes and initiatives that are important to us. Staples Canada also operates various in-house community and environmental programs, such as Recycle for Education and Earth Day Canada.

Staples Canada is a proud partner of Earth Day Canada and sponsor of their EcoKids initiative, a comprehensive curriculum-based environmental program for students and teachers. The partnership helps ensure that technology plays an essential role in facilitating the importance of environmental education.

For more information on our community programs supporting the environment click here.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial spirit is an important part of our business culture. We are proud to support many new business and entrepreneurial organizations that share a passion for building and cultivating entrepreneurship in Canada.

Supporting Canadian businesses, we continually sponsor business and entrepreneurial conferences and events. In 2012, we lent our support to the Women in Biz Network, a national organization dedicated to professional development & entrepreneurism for women, and FP REACH 2013 which brings together successful entrepreneurs and experts in media, marketing, social media, and communications to help businesses overcome marketing and branding challenges.

With our focus on stretching relationships in the communities where we live and work, many of our Staples Canada stores are closely involved with their local Chambers of Commerce and business associations to support and foster the success of small businesses in Canada.

Request Support

Donation and sponsorship requests

Here at Staples Canada we focus our charitable efforts in areas we know will positively impact our key stakeholders and support the communities we all work and live in.

In order to be eligible to receive corporate support, sponsorship or a donation, we ask that your organization fall under one of the below areas. Please take the time to review the three themes that reflect our funding priorities and the eligibility guidelines that will help you assess whether your event, program or project would be a good fit with Staples Canada’s corporate giving philosophy:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Environment

Eligibility Guidelines:

Eligible organizations must:

  • Be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and hold a valid charitable number
  • Not exceed an operating cost of 20%.
  • Fall under one of the three E’s—Environment, Education, or Entrepreneurship.
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.

Submission instructions:

In your funding request indicate the name and contact information of your organization, your Canadian charitable registration number, the names of any affiliated organizations, the groups you serve, your purpose, the specific program for which you are seeking funding and the geographic areas that you serve.

Sponsorships vs. Charitable Donations

If you’re not sure whether you should be applying for sponsorship or a donation, you’re not alone. Every year, we receive sponsorship enquiries from organizations that would be better candidates for charitable donations and vice versa.

To determine which program is the best fit for your organization or event, refer to the table below:

     Sponsorships Donations
Type of event/organization For-profit Not-for-profit
Audience Existing or potential Staples customers Local communities
Benefits to Staples Builds Staples brand, business and reputation Builds community
  • Make sure you closely review the above guidelines and giving areas that Staples Canada is focused on to ensure there is a fit with your organization
  • For corporate donation requests e-mail your proposal to corporategiving@staples.ca; for sponsorship proposals, e-mail your information to sponsorships@staples.ca.

Response process:

  • All eligible requests are evaluated and only those that meet our corporate giving criteria are considered and responded to.
  • Should your proposal meet our corporate giving requirements, you can expect a response within 30 days.

Ink Recycling Program

Staples Canada wants to help make recycling ink cartridges easy for your school.

Register for your free Ink Bin.

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