Office Depot Named One of the Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities

  Office Depot Named One of the Top Organizations for Multicultural Business
  Opportunities

       Office Depot Ranked #5 on the DiversityBusiness.com Annual List

Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- January 24, 2013

Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies
and services, today announced that is has been recognized by
DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural business-to-business
website, as one of the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business
Opportunities” for 13 successive years. Office Depot was ranked 5^th on the
list.

The annual list, dubbed the Div50, recognizes companies for the volume,
consistency, and quality of business opportunities granted to women- and
minority-owned companies. The Div50 has become a highly valued metric of
corporate excellence in the diversity space, as well as a guide for women and
minority consumers.

“We are proud to be named one of the top organizations for multicultural
business opportunities for the 13^th consecutive year,” said Steve Calkins,
Senior Vice President of Business Solutions Division for Office Depot. “Office
Depot is committed to supporting women and minorities, and our ranking on the
BusinessDiversity.com Div50 list further exemplifies this.”

Office Depot's comprehensive Supply Chain Diversity program gives Historically
Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) ample opportunities to grow and prosper. The
Company actively seeks out promising HUBs that are certified minority-,
women-, disabled-, and veteran-owned to ensure equal opportunity in the
supplier selection process. Office Depot also produces an annual HUB catalog
that features an assortment of more than 1,600 items from select HUB
suppliers.

In addition, the Company has affiliations with national organizations such as
the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women's
Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the Small Business
Administration (SBA), and other organizations that share Office Depot’s goal
of making a positive impact on economic development through supplier
diversity.

For more information on Office Depot’s diversity initiatives, please visit
www.officedepot.com/diversity.

About Office Depot

Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,675 worldwide
retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs, and global
e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5
billion, employs about 39,000 associates, and serves customers in 60 countries
around the world.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at:
http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/.

Contact:

Office Depot
Rebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com
or
Office Depot
Stephanie Sampiere, 561-438-2563
Stephanie.Sampiere@officedepot.com
 
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