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Corporate Express has relocated its New South Wales central office to Mascot in a building designed to meet a 4-Star Australian Building Greenhouse Ratings System (ABGR) rating. The company has also designed the interior fit-out to be a 4-Star ABGR rating to minimise the environmental impact.

The office relocation is part of an overall $33 million investment in a new world-class distribution infrastructure. Grant Harrod, CEO of Corporate Express Australia, said the objective of the office relocation was to bring the team together.

“Our rapid growth in recent years has prompted us to evaluate our operations and infrastructure. The lease on our current facility was due to expire prior to the end of the year, so this presented a good opportunity to consolidate our facilities,” Harrod said.

Harrod said the company used this opportunity to make sure the new office would incorporate its sustainability objective of reducing its carbon footprint and increasing employee engagement with open-plan workspaces.

“The main objective for the office fit-out was to incorporate the company’s sustainability focus,” he said.

“The open-plan layout allows the air-conditioning system, which is energy efficient and runs on timer switches, to operate more efficiently. All the lights throughout the office and audio-visual equipment in meeting rooms also operate on sensors. We’ve chosen appliances with the highest efficiency rating available to help us save energy.

“We are also minimising our water use with water reduction devices like waterless urinals,” he added.

Harrod explained that Corporate Express used products that incorporate recycled content throughout the office.

“The flooring of the breakout areas is a product called ‘Neoflex’ which contains a high percentage of recycled rubber and no environmentally harmful substances. It is halogen-free, formaldehyde-free and PVC-free. In addition, it can be fully recycled and does not generate any toxic substances at the end of its useful life,” Harrod said.

“The pin boards are made from 100 per cent recycled PET. This particular product also cuts down on the need for a substrate material, reducing the amount of material needed,” he explained.

According to Harrod, the new open-plan work environment will also help enhance interactions between work teams.

“As we are made up of seven business lines and many functional divisions, working as a single team is the key to our success and specifically to our ‘Customer Mania’ ethos. We want to be highly responsive and deliver on our promises to exceed our customer’s expectations,” Harrod said.

Harrod explained that Corporate Express is continuing to work towards being a fair-trade workplace.

“We’ll be buying fair-trade coffee which will be available in all our kitchens. The coffee tastes great and is making a contribution to our corporate social responsibility program. This is only one of the steps we will undertake towards becoming a fair-trade workplace,” Harrod said.

This multi-million dollar infrastructure investment also includes a purpose built, state-of-the-art warehouse located in Erskine Park. It is predicted that the warehouse relocation, which will occur later in the year, will create savings for the company of $70 million over 12 years.