OfficeMax Named Among 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies

Second Year OfficeMax Has Received Distinction from Leading Ethics Think-Tank for Demonstrated Leadership in Ethical Business Practices

Mar 06, 2013, 09:00 ET from OfficeMax Incorporated

NAPERVILLE, Ill., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leader in office supplies, technology and services, has been named one of 2013's World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, governance, anti-corruption and sustainability. It's the second consecutive year OfficeMax has received the ethics award, which highlights companies that outperform industry peers when it comes to ethical behavior.

OfficeMax is also one of only nine retail companies – and the only company in the office supply industry – to be named to the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies list. It joins 138 other companies that also received this year's distinction.  

In bestowing OfficeMax with the ethics honors, the Ethisphere Institute noted the company's in-store recycling programs, focus on sustainable product sourcing, its social accountability audit of suppliers, and its A Day Made Better program benefiting public schools.

"Operating with ethics and integrity is core to our company and culture – our customers, consumers, partners and investors trust OfficeMax because of the transparency and ethical behavior we demand at all levels of our business," said Ravi Saligram, President and CEO of OfficeMax. "On behalf of our associates worldwide, I am honored by this continued recognition for our commitment to ethical business practices."   

Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the World's Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

"Not only did more companies apply for the World's Most Ethical Companies recognition this year than any year in the past, which demonstrates that ethical activity is an important part of many of these companies' business models, but we are also seeing more companies be proactive and create new initiatives that expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industries, such as industry-based ethics associations and other activities," said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of Ethisphere. "We are excited to see the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies take these leadership positions, and embrace the correlation between ethical behavior and improved financial performance."

The complete list of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies can be viewed at

Ethics Inside® Certification In addition to the 2012 and 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies awards, OfficeMax received the Ethics Inside Certification (EIC) designation for 2012-2013 after a rigorous review process by the Ethisphere Institute which included an examination of OfficeMax's ethics and compliance program, culture of ethics, reputation and leadership, corporate citizenship and responsibility initiatives, and governance systems.

About OfficeMax OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in integrating products, solutions and services for the workplace, whether for business or at home.  The OfficeMax mission is simple: We provide workplace innovation that enables our customers to work better.  The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers.  OfficeMax consumers and business customers are served by approximately 29,000 associates through; and; more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico; and direct sales and catalogs. OfficeMax has been named one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies, and is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute.  To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX.  For more information, visit

About Ethisphere Institute The research-based Ethisphere® Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World's Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at

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