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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Initiatives for resource efficiency at the workplace

We try to use as many green office supplies as possible in order to improve resource efficiency at the workplace. A total of 16% of products are classified as sustainable in our office products catalog in Germany. This includes paper that has been distinguished with the "Blue Angel" eco-label or the "Nordic Swan" certificate. Some of our office products have also been honored with the EU Flower eco-label, the Fairtrade seal, and the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and the PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) eco-labels. In 2017, the percentage of sustainable products ordered was 96%.

During this year, we repeatedly sold remaining stock, giveaways and corporate clothing to our employees at our Bonn location as well as in the online shop. These activities were very well-received this year as well. The office supplies swap meet has become a fixture in Bonn, an event during which colleagues can pick up discarded office supplies from other departments instead of ordering new products.

We also entered into a cooperative venture with the non-profit organization "Afb social & green IT" in 2017. Within the scope of this venture, we will give some of our used IT hardware (e.g. laptops) to the organization so that it can recondition and resell this. This will not only help us save resources but also create jobs for people with disabilities as well as extend the life cycle of our used hardware. We held a very successful on-site sales promotion at our Bonn location at the end of November 2017 within the framework of this cooperation.