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Office Depot Honored with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 2013 Corporate Leadership Award



  Office Depot Honored with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 2013
  Corporate Leadership Award

 Award Presented at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- January 31, 2013

Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products and
services, today announced that it has been recognized by the National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force with the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award. The award was
presented during the 25th National Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LGBT) Equality: Creating Change, and acknowledges Office Depot as
a corporation that effectively partners with and supports the LGBT community
and its LGBT associates. The conference, which took place January 23 – 27, in
Atlanta, Ga., is the nation’s largest annual gathering of LGBT rights
activists and allies.

Michael Allison, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Office Depot,
accepts the Corporate ...

Michael Allison, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Office Depot,
accepts the Corporate Leadership Award at the National Conference on LGBT
Equality: Creating Change (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are honored to receive the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award from the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,” said Michael Allison, Executive Vice
President of Human Resources for Office Depot. “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.”

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presented Office Depot with the
Corporate Leadership award in recognition of the Company’s support for its
LGBT associates, which includes establishing a long list of internal benefits
and protections, notably health benefits to transgender associates. The
Company also assists LGBT-owned businesses through leadership efforts in
supplier diversity and strategic relationships with LGBT business enterprises.
In addition, Office Depot supports and belongs to a variety of LGBT
organizations and causes, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Human Rights Campaign
Foundation.

“We thank 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,” said David Alexander, Director of Institutional Giving
for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

In addition to accepting the Corporate Leadership Award, Allison and Robyn
Tyler, Vice President of Global Talent Management for Office Depot, served as
panelists during a workshop session on “Taking the Leap: Becoming Corporate!”
where they and other corporate leaders advised attendees on how to make the
jump from college graduate to landing a corporate job and the opportunities
that exist. Frantz Tiffeau, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity for Office
Depot also served as a panelist during a workshop session on “Economics and
Equality,” which discussed economic development for the LGBT movement.

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/.

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Contact:

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