OfficeMax Incorporated is made up of two business segments, contract and retail. Headquartered in Naperville, Illinois OfficeMax retail and contract division distribute office supplies, technology products, and office furniture to common consumers, corporate and government offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Over 30,000 people are employed by OfficeMax to assist its customers through direct sales, catalogs, and Internet. OfficeMax mission statement states; Integrity and accountability, think company and customer first, teamwork and trust, focus and discipline, and sense of urgency. Helping our customers do their best work is our goal. In living these five core values, each of our approximately 36,000 associates throughout the world helps fulfill the simple but challenging commitment that propels everything we do at OfficeMax Incorporated (OfficeMax, 2008).
OfficeMax code of ethics guidelines are set in duty-driven and teleological ethical systems. As the company strives to live up to the values in their mission statement their commitment to integrity and accountability resonates. An example of this is found in their policy on kickbacks. This section of the manual imparts that offering or paying kickbacks, under-the-table payments, illegal rebates or other similarly improper or inappropriate payments in exchange for business is not condone under any condition.
The assurance OfficeMax offers that all purchases of goods and services, they are made on the basis of quality, service, price and suitability and never because of improper relationships. The manual suggests this is why OfficeMax gains and establishes mutually beneficial, sustainable relationships with its suppliers and vendors. The author or authors of the manual are certain the prohibited kickback policy sustained its relationships with its suppliers and vendors. OfficeMax manual is a teleological ethical system in this regard.