Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, today announced that the Company earned a 100 percent score in the 2014 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 third 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 2014, a consumer-oriented guide based on CEI ratings.
“It’s an honor to earn a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and be named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for the third year in a row,” said Michael Allison, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Office Depot. “We strongly believe 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. Proper training and an inclusive culture in the workplace creates a supportive environment where LGBT employees can feel empowered to do their very best work.”
The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses on 40 LGBT-related 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 non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.
“This will go down in history as the year that corporate support for equality left the boardroom and reached each and every corner of this country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Not only do fair-minded companies guarantee fair treatment to millions of LGBT employees in all 50 states, but now those same companies are fighting for full legal equality in state legislatures, in the halls of Congress and before the U.S. Supreme Court.”