Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Office Depot Given the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


Earlier this year in January, Office Depot was 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. The conference, the country's biggest yearly gathering of LGBT rights activists and allies, was held in Atlanta, GA from January 23 – 27.

In accepting the award, Office Depot's Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Michael Allison, said that the Company feels diversity and inclusion are important values within their corporate organization. “We are honored to receive the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,” and he continued, “Office Depot believes in providing equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all of our associates, and we feel it is imperative to conducting a successful business and recruiting the best talent. In addition, diversity and inclusion play a vital role in the entirety of our supply chain.”

Office Depot is a world leader in providing office products and services, and it has created many company benefits and protection of its workforce belonging to the LGBT community, especially providing healthcare benefits to its transgenders associates. Aside from these, Office Depot provides assistance to LGBT-owned companies and businesses, and it also supports and is a member of several LGBT organizations and causes. It was for all these the Company was awarded the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award.

David Alexander, Director of Institutional Giving for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, thanked Office Depot “for its exemplary support of the LGBT community and for providing direct financial and in-kind support to our organization, which has allowed us to expand our training capacity and help empower many more young individuals to become leaders of their generation and of the LGBT community across the country.”

During the conference, a workshop session on “Taking the Leap: Becoming Corporate!” was conducted, and Michael Allison together with Robyn Tyler, Vice President of Global Talent Management for Office Depot, sat as panelists. They and the other corporate leaders gave tips to the audience on how to land a job in the corporate world after graduation from college looking at the opportunities that abound. Another workshop session was held, “Economics and Equality” which talked about economic progress for the LGBT rights movement, and in which Frantz Tiffeau, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity for Office Depot also served as a panelist.

If you are interested in becoming a part of Office Depot, check out their available jobs at DiversityWorking.com

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