Thursday, June 13, 2013

Office Depot: An Equal Opputunity Employer Leader in Business and in Diversity

Office Depot, Inc. is a world leader in providing office products and services, established in 1986 with its first Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since then, the Company has established its mark around the globe as one of the largest providers of office supply and solutions. It has three business segments: North American Retail Division, North American Business Solutions Division and International Division.

From a modest beginning to its steady, but dramatic growth in the last 25 years since it was opened to the public in 1988, Office Depot, Inc. has had a history of receiving awards and honors due to its corporate initiatives and business programs.

Aside from establishing itself as a trusted business name in its field, Office Depot, Inc. is also among the global leaders committed to diversity and inclusion. It is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to creating an environment that respects and values people regardless of “race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veterans’ status, marital status, disability or any other protected class as defined by federal, state, or local laws.” According to Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Michael Allison, “Office Depot believes in providing equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all of its associates, and deems it is imperative to conducting a successful business and recruiting the best talent.”

Diversity is an essential dimension rooted in the Company's core values of Inclusion, Innovation, Customer Focus, considered the keys to the Company's success in the global market. As testament to its commitment to divesity and inclusion, Office Depot, Inc. undertakes the following steps:

  • Recruiting a workforce that is reflective of the communities in which it does business.
  • Providing a work environment based on honesty and mutual respect.
  • Ensuring that all people-related decisions are made objectively, based on merit.
  • Utilizing a base of diverse suppliers.
  • Encouraging managers at all levels to be accountable for implementing action plans to achieve these goals.

Furthermore, women are highly-valued in the Company. Thus, in recognition of the Company's care for women in their business, Office Depot, Inc. has been honored as one of the "Top 50 Companies for Executive Women" by the National Association for Female Executives for the seventh consecutive year and by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a "Top Corporation for Women' s Business Enterprises" for nine consecutive years. Aside from these awards, it was recently honored with the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force at ceremonies held during the 25th Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality: Creating Change, in recognition for its exemplary role in effectively partnering with and supporting the LGBT community and its LGBT associates.

Truly, Office Depot, Inc. deserves its honor as a leading name to reckon with in diversity and inclusion.

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