Staples also recently showed its commitment to ending the gender wage gap and advancing women in the workplace by becoming the biggest retailer to join a consortium of companies that share best practices and promote new ideas called the Employers for Pay Equity. Staples was also one of the first companies to sign the Equal Pay Pledge initiated by the White House and the Obama Administration and participated in events aimed at gender pay equity and leveling the playing field for women. Staples also removed all queries on criminal history from employment applications as part of the Fair Chance Business Pledge.The Student Loan Repayment Plan joins other education-themed benefits that Staples offers to associates. These include the Tuition Reimbursement Program where eligible associates are offered reimbursement for a portion of their tuition fees based on number of years of service and the Dependent Scholarship Program which provides 30 awards of $3,000 to associates' dependents who plan to continue their education at a college, university or a vocational-technical school. About Staples, Inc.Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want - in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services. Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.