Office Depot, Inc. Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index for Fifth Consecutive Year

Company Earns 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s
Fourteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office
products, services, and solutions
, and parent company of Office
Depot and OfficeMax, today announced that it received a perfect score of
100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016
Corporate Equality Index
(CEI), a national benchmarking survey and
report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace
equality. Office Depot joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses that
also earned top marks this year.

“We are proud to earn another perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign
Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index,” said Michael Allison, EVP and
Chief People Officer for Office Depot. “To be recognized as one of the
best places to work for LGBT equality for the past five years is a
testament to our company’s inclusive culture, benefits and core values
of integrity and respect. We believe that supporting diversity
contributes to our success in the global markets we serve.”

The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates
LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination
workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive
health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the
LGBT community. Office Depot’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s
criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best
Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses
responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional
leadership,” said Human Rights Campaign Foundation Workplace Equality
Program Director Deena Fidas. “Office Depot not only meets these
standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment
to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization
working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By
inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination
against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental
fairness and equality for all.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services,
and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office,
home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work
better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more
productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print
and document services, business services, facilities products,
furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs
approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in
59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning
e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization
– all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations,
franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under
several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy,
and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include
TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select
Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found


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Rebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450