Kinko's forest-based products policy sets new standard

Vendor and Paper Requirements Earn Praise for Helping End Old Growth
Destruction, Reinforce Kinko's Environmental Leadership

DALLAS - March 11, 2003 - Kinko's, Inc. today announced a new forest-based
product procurement policy incorporating a strict set of vendor
requirements and establishing a central set of recycled content standards.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has hailed Kinko's new policy as one of the
most effective and meaningful policies put in place by a company to help
protect endangered forests and end old growth destruction.

The policy is part of Kinko's longstanding commitment to environmental
stewardship and was developed with input from prominent environmental
groups and suppliers, including RAN and International Paper (IP).

"Kinko's new policy extends our commitment to ensuring we use forest-based
products efficiently and we continue to increase the recycled content of
the paper and wood products we purchase. It will also ensure that, when we
must use virgin materials, they originate from well-managed, non-endangered
forests," said Gary Kusin, Kinko's president and chief executive officer.
"Together with our vendors, Kinko's will continuously improve our paper and
wood purchasing practices, ensuring sustainable use of the planet's natural
systems and resources."
"Kinko's new forest-based products policy continues the company's trend of
strong environmental leadership. Six years ago, Kinko's was one of
America's first companies to prohibit the use of paper from old growth
forests. Today, Kinko's has taken the additional steps of increasing
recycling standards and setting strict guidelines to ensure its suppliers
can guarantee that they are not engaged in the destruction of old growth
and endangered forests, conversion of native forests, or using genetically
modified trees," said Christopher Hatch, executive director for RAN, a
non-profit organization that works to protect the Earth's rainforests and
support the rights of their inhabitants. "Kinko's policy will have a real
impact in saving the forests and provides an effective model for corporate
responsibility that can help guide the growing number of American companies
that are realizing it is no longer acceptable to sell wood or paper
from our last remaining old growth forests."

"We were pleased to partner with Kinko's in what should be a model process
for drafting an environmental purchasing policy that takes the needs of
both the paper consumer and the environment into account," said Carl
Gagliardi, IP's director of environmental business services. "Because
Kinko's brought us as a major supplier together in the same forum with
environmental NGOs, it could get a balanced perspective on which policies
make sense and which don't. We look forward to providing Kinko's products,
like our recycled content papers, and services that will help Kinko's meet
the commitments in its new policy."

In addition to its own culture and history, Kinko's policy is also driven
by needs of commercial customers, such as Bank of America, that
increasingly favor sustainable business practices.

"The environmental practices and policies of our key suppliers is of great
interest and value to Bank of America and supports our company's
environmental commitment," said Robert Kee, SVP and Senior Supplier
Management at Bank of America. "We expect our suppliers to be
environmental leaders. We appreciate Kinko's leadership and partnership in
making sure the products we use at the bank create a sustainable future
that delivers value to the triple bottom line of people, profits and the

Sustainable Forest Management Practices
Kinko's new vendor requirements are believed to be the first time a company
has 1) incorporated firm guidelines for the forest management practices of
its suppliers and 2) engaged both its vendors and the environmental
community to ensure that the company is not aligning itself with suppliers
that are logging or distributing products from old growth or endangered
forests, converting native forests to tree plantations, or using
genetically modified organisms. In addition, suppliers must guarantee and
document that none of their supply sources or operations result in the
logging of old growth or endangered forests.

These requirements expand on Kinko's six-year-old policy of not knowingly
purchasing any paper or wood products that are derived from the harvesting
of old-growth, endangered or high-conservation value forests and are the
most progressive steps made by a company to date.

Use of Recycled Fiber, Wood and Alternative Materials
Kinko's long-term goal is to increase the average percentage of
post-consumer recycled content paper it uses to 30 percent with goals set
annually and usage tracked quarterly. Kinko's goal for 2003 is to increase
its post-consumer fiber use by five percent in 2003, from an
industry-leading 14 to 19 percent. The policy also provides standards for
identifying the use of alternative, non-wood based materials and
technologies to reduce paper consumption and waste in its production

Kinko's and the Environment
Kinko's concern for the environment is a natural fit for a company that was
founded in 1970 - the same year as the first Earth Day celebration was
held. In 1997, the company adopted the Kinko's Environmental Vision
Statement, which identifies the environmental performance targets the
company aims for as it serves customers. That same year, the company
publicly committed to not knowingly purchasing any paper or wood products
derived from the harvesting of old-growth, endangered or high conservation
value forests.

The company recently adopted the Kinko's Global Commitment. With this
commitment, Kinko's recognizes the need to embrace sustainable business
practices that not only generate economic, social and environmental value
today but also ensures access to these same values are preserved for future
generations. Sustainable initiatives underway at the company include
renewable energy purchases, energy conservation, use of recycled products,
incorporating green building concepts into its retail locations, product
stewardship guidelines for suppliers, and waste minimizing and recycling
programs. One way Kinko's helps customers eliminate waste is through its
commercial and retail electronic ordering, management and scanning services
for just-in-time document production, including Kinko's DocStore, Kinko's
Document Scanning Services and the online ordering capabilities at

About Kinko's
Kinko's is the world's leading provider of document solutions and business
services. Its global network of more than 20,000 team members and 1,100
digitally connected locations offers access to technology for color
printing, finishing and presentation services, Internet access,
videoconferencing, outsourcing, facilities management, Web-based printing,
and document management solutions. Dallas-based Kinko's is a privately
held corporation with locations in nine countries. For more information,
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