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Cox Enterprises Expands Supplier Sustainability Program

Cox Enterprises has set national paper standards for its business locations in a move that the company expects to annually save the equivalent of 5,040 trees and about 2.5 million gallons of water, as well as eliminate nearly 80 tons of waste.

Cox’s operations across the country are now using FSC-certified copy paper that is made from 30 percent postconsumer content.

Staples is providing the paper.

By extending its Cox Conserves principles to the supply chain, the company says it is encouraging its partners to incorporate sustainability into their business practices.

Cox’s Supplier Sustainability Program launched in 2013 with 50 vendors and doubled in size this year to include 100, representing billions of dollars in products and services.

Cox announced expanded goals earlier this year to send zero waste to landfill in the next seven to 10 years and become carbon and water neutral in the next 25 to 30 years.

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One thought on “Cox Enterprises Expands Supplier Sustainability Program

  1. It is unfortunate that companies like Cox do not understand the life cycle of paper products.

    The claim that “trees are being saved” is incorrect and misleading for many reasons.

    1) Most roundwood in North America is used for lumber, not papermaking. It is the residues from sawmills (chips) that are the primary raw material for pulp and papermaking.

    2) Sustainable forestry operations do not stop when less paper is used. Wood is needed for many other forest products, especially lumber, biomass and other products.

    3) Forests are renewable and well managed in the US and Canada – Paper and pulp are NOT a cause of deforestation. It is urbanization and development that are causing forest loss.

    4) There are 10 million forest owners in the US alone, including numerous family forest owners, like myself, who make a big effort to manage our forests properly. We need income from forest products like paper to sustain our properties for the long term. By doing this we not only provide forest products, but numerous environmental and social benefits.

    I believe we are the ones saving forests for the long term. Electronic communications, based on non-renewable resources and generating a alarming amount of e-waste, are not going to save the planet!

    Phil Riebel
    President, Two Sides North America

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