Our Eco Mission Statement:
Monk Office is committed to a world in which every generation inherits a better, cleaner earth than the one before it. We expect more from ourselves than from the soil, and give back more than we take.
Monk Office is committed to sustainability and promotes innovative business practices that minimize our impact on the environment. We are working to provide an inspiring and equitable workplace while becoming a resource and advocate for a better world.
We work closely with Synergy Enterprises to develop a biannual report of our sustainability initiatives. We are proud to say that all of our initiatives are on track to creating a sustainable future. You can find all the details by downloading the most recent report, or looking at some of the highlights below.
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Environmental stewardship is something that we take very seriously.
We are committed to a world in which every generation inherits a better, cleaner earth than the one before it. We developed a Monk Environmental Management System, and we are now ISO 14001:2004 certified for meeting environmental management standards.
Our commitment extends outside of our stores and offices. The manufacturers we work with are committed to contributing to a better world by pursuing sustainability and environmental wisdom. As environmental advocates, we can help you to leave a smaller footprint through furniture, furnishings and more. If your goal is to obtain LEED certification, we can assist you in finding the right products.
Commercial Customer Environmental Initiatives:
- Customers are encouraged to return their packaging such as cardboard shipping boxes, dead batteries, and spent toner cartridges. Last year our customers returned close to 45,000 cardboard shipping trays for re-use or recycling and thousands of toner cartridges were kept out of the landfill.
- Reduced Delivery Incentives are offered to some customers where if the number of orders delivered to their locations decrease by 20%, they receive a rebate on each order after that.
The Monk Office “ECO Team” was created in May 2006 and consists of members from all areas of the company. The team identifies sustainability objectives and goals where Monk staff will have the most impact, and oversees the communication plan and initiatives.
We are a constant learning organization and encourage everyone to reduce our impact on the environment. Awareness is achieved by: education on product recycling e.g. toner cartridges; education on available eco-friendly products; eco statement and recycled options highlighted in the catalogue; an eco-friendly theme at Monk Expo; eco-awareness posters in our stores; notices on the company web site; weekly internal updates.