Office Depot Foundation Launches Anti-Bullying Educational Initiative in Schools Nationwide

  Office Depot Foundation Launches Anti-Bullying Educational Initiative in
  Schools Nationwide

New Program Features Bullying Expert Brooks Gibbs and is Supported by Sales of
              Exclusive One Direction Collection at Office Depot

Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- August 19, 2013

Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of school supplies
and services, today announced the next phase of its multi-faceted
anti-bullying partnership with One Direction - a new Office Depot Foundation
educational program intended to help stop bullying.

The Office Depot Foundation – the independent, nonprofit philanthropic arm of
Office Depot - has engaged nationally known speaker Brooks Gibbs to present
its “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!” program in middle schools
across the U.S. during the upcoming school year. A youth crisis counselor and
bullying expert, Gibbs has spoken to more than 1 million students about
bullying in the past decade.

Beginning in early September, Gibbs will conduct school assemblies for
students as well as anti-bullying education sessions for parents, teachers and
administrators in each city he visits. The campaign aims to give students the
confidence and courage to report bullying as a strategy for reducing bullying.
Gibbs’ “treat everyone like friends - even your enemies” philosophy enhances
One Direction’s message of “Live Nice.”

“The educational program that we have created in partnership with the Office
Depot Foundation trains students, parents and educators in proven strategies
to stop bullying now and in the future,” said Gibbs. “We couldn't be more
proud of what we have created and look forward to inspiring hundreds of
thousands of students to live kind, love everyone and move together against
bullying.”

“The Office Depot Foundation is committed to helping children succeed in
school and in life,” said Mary Wong, President of the Office Depot Foundation.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with One Direction, Office
Depot and Brooks Gibbs to help create a safe, bully-free environment in middle
schools across the United States by empowering students to speak up against
bullying.”

Last month, Office Depot and One Direction launched an exclusive,
limited-edition back-to-school collection with a percentage of the products’
sales being donated to the Office Depot Foundation to support anti-bullying
education. The 1D + OD Together Against Bullying back-to-school campaign is
helping to raise $1 million for the Office Depot Foundation’s anti-bullying
education component of the multi-tiered partnership between Office Depot and
One Direction.

"We are excited that the money raised from the 1D + OD Together Against
Bullying product line is being used to fund the Office Depot Foundation’s
anti-bullying program in schools across America,” said Louis Tomlinson of One
Direction. “We believe it is important for students to live original and be
nice to their peers. We truly hope this program helps eliminate bullying in
schools."

Details about the application process for schools interested in participating
in the “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!” educational program
will be announced later this month on the Office Depot Foundation website,
www.officedepotfoundation.org.

THE 1D+OD LIVE.LOVE.MOVE campaign, product line and educational program has
been designed by SEW Branded, a New York brand image and marketing
consultancy.

About Office Depot

Office Depot provides core office supplies, the latest technology, school
essentials, copy & print services, cleaning & breakroom products, and
furniture to consumers, teachers and businesses of all sizes through 1,614
worldwideretail stores,global e-commerce operations, a dedicated sales
force, an inside sales organization, and top-rated catalogs. The Company has
annual sales of approximately $10.7 billion, employs about 38,000 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://news.officedepot.com.

About One Direction

One Direction – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis
Tomlinson – were discovered by Simon Cowell on the U.K.’s “The X Factor” in
2010. The band quickly gained a following to become one of the competition’s
all-time most popular acts, finishing in the final three and garnering a
gigantic and loyal fan base along the way. In March 2012, One Direction’s
debut album, “Up All Night,” made U.S. history, as it was the first time a
U.K. group’s debut album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. The
band has sold over 30 million records worldwide. In November 2012, One
Direction released their sophomore album, “Take Me Home,” which includes the
No. 1 single, “Live While We’re Young,” and are currently on a sold-out world
tour. One Direction's 3D motion picture film This is Us is in theaters
nationwide on August 30 and features the new hit single "Best Song Ever."

About the Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under
IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of
Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care^®, the
Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed
in school and in life; build the capacity of non-profit organizations through
collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as
well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards. For more information, visit
www.officedepotfoundation.org.

About Brooks Gibbs

Brooks Gibbs is a youth crisis counselor and bullying expert. He has been
called upon as advisor to several school tragedies and has served as content
producer for several television projects, including  Teen Trouble  on LIFETIME
and Bully Diaries on Comcast On-Demand.

Gibbs is young, dynamic and hugely popular as a speaker in school districts
across the nation. He consistently receives the highest speaker ratings at
teacher conferences, mental health training events and student gatherings. He
began writing and speaking on the subject of bullying in the aftermath of the
Columbine shooting that took place in his hometown of Littleton, Colorado. In
the decade since America’s most notorious school tragedy, Brooks has spoken to
over 1 million students, hosted national radio and television shows, been
featured in publications like  The Washington Post and The Huffington Post 
and has been interviewed on  CBS.

Contact:

Office Depot
Stephanie Sampiere, 561-438-2563
Stephanie.Sampiere@officedepot.com
or
Factory PR
Alina Hauptman, 212-941-7057
Alina@factorypr.com
or
JKG Group
Leon Rubin, 561-251-8075
LRubin@jkggroup.com
 
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