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Staples gives two million reasons to change


Leading Australian business products and services supplier Staples is proud to announce that Jeans for Genes, The Cerebral Palsy Alliance and The Smith Family are the recipients of the 2015 fund grants as part of its Staples 2 Million & Change program.

The Staples 2 Million & Change program enables employees globally to direct more than US$2.5 million to local organisations that they wish to support, as part of an initiative launched by Staples Foundation for Learning in 2010. Recipients are chosen through employee votes against a nominated list of five local not-for-profit organisations that embody the Staples Foundation’s core mission – to teach, train and inspire people from all walks of life by providing educational and growth opportunities.

Staples Foundation for Learning is a private charitable arm which recognises the connection between long-term business success and the impact the company has on employees, communities and the environment.

“Staples is firmly committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. We feel it is vital to support deserving organisations across the globe, and our 2 Million & Change program offers our employees and customers a voice in how we achieve this. Together, we are dedicated to supporting charities who are working tirelessly to make a difference,” said Michael Knight, Vice President, Human Resources.

“Community and employee engagement is deeply embedded in our company culture, and we’re delighted with how our employees and customers have responded to this exciting approach to corporate giving.”

2 Million & Change is just one example of Staples’ commitment to local community. As part of its overall strategy on corporate social responsibility, Staples, along with subsidiary company, Educational Experience, have donated $60,000 worth of toys and gifts to the Smith Family and BoysTown Queensland in the lead up to Christmas this year.

The Smith Family and BoysTown Queensland are two charities that help disadvantaged Australian children access education and improve their quality of life. Staples has long been a supporter of The Smith Family and the donation this year is a reflection of its continued support after also being selected as a 2 Million & Change recipient.

“This time of year is all about giving. Giving all children the opportunity to learn and grow is at the core of what we do,” Michael Knight said.

“We are proud to provide quality learning resources and toys to families who may not otherwise have access to them.”

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