Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that the Company earned a 100 percent score in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) issued by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The ranking recognizes Office Depot as one of HRC’s Best Places to Work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Equality for the second consecutive year. In addition, the Company will be included in the HRC Foundation Employer Search, a free online database of thousands of private and public sector U.S. employers, and Buying for Workplace Equality 2013, a consumer-oriented guide based on CEI ratings.
“We are truly honored to be named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for the second year in a row,” said Michael Allison, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Office Depot. “The fact that Office Depot achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for two consecutive years is a testament to our commitment to providing equal rights, benefits and opportunities to all of our associates. We believe that supporting diversity in the workplace is imperative to running a successful business and employing excellent talent.”
The CEI rates companies on 40 policies and practices that contribute to equality in the workplace. To achieve a perfect score and the distinction of Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Office Depot had to offer fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence the Company’s commitment to equality publicly, and exercise responsible citizenship.
“Corporate America continues to raise the bar in workplace fairness,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “LGBT-inclusive workplace policies, such as those in place at Office Depot, are not only the right thing to do and good business practices, they are the new normal.”