Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services, today announced that the Company was named to the 2012 list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The award is the only national recognition honoring corporations for world-class programs that level the playing field for women’s business enterprises (WBEs) to compete for corporate business. This marks the eleventh year that Office Depot has been included on the selective list.
“We are honored to be recognized by WBENC for the dedication Office Depot has demonstrated to supporting the success, growth and advancement of women-owned businesses,” said Michael Allison, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Office Depot. “We are committed to actively conducting business with WBENC-certified women's business enterprises, and encourage breaking down barriers and uncovering new growth opportunities for women business owners.”
In its inclusion on WBENC's list, Office Depot was specifically lauded for the Company's Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Catalog. Office Depot created the first and only annual HUB Catalog for the office supplies industry in 2009, which features the Company’s complete assortment of products sold by HUB vendors. Today, the catalog contains over 1,600 products offered by certified HUBs. This initiative not only fuels growth in sales, inventory turnover, and market expansion for these enterprises, it also provides a simple, straightforward mechanism to help business customers meet their diversity purchasing goals.
“Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of our top corporations, women’s businesses are generating strategies and solutions for meeting the fast-changing needs of today’s marketplace. Together they are driving the innovation that fuels a stronger economy and creates jobs,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC.Since becoming a corporate member of WBENC in 2000, Office Depot has participated in numerous WBENC networking events and initiatives, including co-chairing WBENC’s 2012 National Conference & Business Fair which took place in Orlando, Fla.