Office Depot

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About Office Depot

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, 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.

The company has combined pro forma annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs more than 60,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 57 countries with more than 2,000 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, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Reliable and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, DiVOGA, Ativa, WorkPRO, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot is committed to an inclusive work environment that values and respects the talents and contributions of every associate. We recruit a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, recognizing that our organization only flourishes when we hire, promote and create paths to leadership for women and men of every background.

Our commitment to equal opportunity is driven by Office Depot’s values, which include teamwork and respect. Diversity is intrinsic to our values and contributes to our success in the global markets we serve. In addition to our company values, we also live by the following diversity values:

  • We employ a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we do business.
  • We offer equal opportunities for advancement and encourage all employees to develop to their full potential.
  • We appreciate the importance of a diverse workforce at the highest levels of management.
  • We embrace new ideas and perspectives and respect individual differences.
  • We do not tolerate harassment of any kind.

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Giving Back to Education

National Back Pack Program

The award-winning Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program celebrated an extraordinary milestone in 2013. Since the program began in 2001, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation have donated more than 3 million backpacks and sackpacks. During the year 2013, the Foundation gave away approximately 300,000 colorful, kid-friendly sackpacks containing essential school supplies across the United States and internationally. The sackpacks not only help kids prepare for school, but truly bring hope to children whose families couldn’t otherwise afford to equip them for success in the classroom.

Nick Cannon – the award-winning actor, comedian, host of “America’s Got Talent” – has been the special guest for the Foundation’s Back-to-School Celebration and personally given sackpacks to the children who attended. Cannon also participated in the Office Depot Foundation’s sackpack donation events in Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and New York City this summer. In 2014, the Foundation donated 350,000 sackpacks to children in all 50 states.

Kids In Need Teacher Grants Help Teachers Realize Their Dreams

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation’s teachers.

Community Outreach Programs

Our Company’s commitment to education is longstanding and broad-based. As part of our commitment to "Taking Care of Kids," we recognize the importance of supporting children, parents, and teachers through several key programs designed to make a difference throughout the United States, including:

5% Back to Schools

Office Depot has donated millions of dollars in credits for free supplies to thousands of US and Canadian schools through the 5% Back to Schools Program. All qualifying purchases made by school administrators, teachers, parents, and students using their school’s 5% Back to Schools ID number will earn the school credits for FREE SUPPLIES.

School Supply List

Office Depot retail stores display and distribute school supply lists from local schools to help students and their parents buy the supplies they need and participate in the 5% Back to Schools Program.

Star Teacher Program

Office Depot rewards educators by helping them get the tools they need to be a star in the classroom. Star Teachers receive a 15% Instant Discount* on Design & Print Services, 10% back in Rewards on purchases of Ink, Paper and Toner, PLUS 1% back in Rewards on nearly everything else!** Rewards are paid quarterly in the form of an Office Depot® Reward Card, with a minimum of $10 in Rewards earned. If less than $10 is earned, Rewards will carry over from quarter to quarter with no limit to the amount of Rewards that can be earned in a calendar year. Participating teachers are also invited to special events and promotions throughout the year. Membership is free and teachers may sign up for the Star Teacher Program by at any Office Depot store.

Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts

As part of the Star Teacher Program, teachers are invited to Office Depot’s popular Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts, which take place in the weeks prior to the opening of school. These breakfasts provide a welcoming atmosphere in the Company’s retail stores where teachers have an opportunity to network with their colleagues and take advantage of special discounts.

Be The Difference

Speaking Up Against Bullying

Bullying has become alarmingly prevalent in our society – and our children are all too frequently its victims. With support from Office Depot and the popular band One Direction, the Foundation established the “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!” program in 2013 to help create safe, bully-free schools by empowering students to speak up against bullying. The program, which featured engaging and compelling school assemblies presented by nationally known speakers, sought to give students the confidence and courage to be resilient and to use the Golden Rule as a strategy for reducing bullying.

Dream Up

Preparing Students for Career Success

In collaboration with the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation’s Dream UP Career Exploration Program enables middle school students to start thinking about the future, set realistic and achievable personal goals − and believe their dreams can be fulfilled. Since 2010, nearly 90,000 students across the U.S. have researched job possibilities, written essays about their chosen careers and had the chance to experience “dream jobs” ranging from fighter pilot to chemist… and many more. By inspiring young people to dream BIG dreams today, the Foundation is giving them hope for the future.

A Day Made Better

Teachers frequently spend money out of their own pockets to make sure that their students have the tools they need to succeed in school, and A Day Made Better is a great way to continue support of teachers.

A Day Made Better was started in 2007 to give OfficeMax store managers and associates the opportunity to deliver free school supplies annually to 1,000 individual teachers. This year, A Day Made Better program will include all OfficeMax and Office Depot stores across the country. The expanded program will have the following enhancements:

  • Associates from each Office Depot and OfficeMax store will be given the opportunity to deliver school supplies and other essential items to the principal of a Title I (high needs) school in their community. Ofiice Depot believes that by shifting the focus to an entire school, rather than recognizing individual teachers, the program will have a bigger impact.
  • Office Depot will collaborate with the long-term partner, Feed the Children, to implement a turnkey program for Office Depot and OfficeMax stores.

More information about the expanded A Day Made Better program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation website.

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Corporate Responsibility

To help achieve our inclusion and diversity goals, we engage a broad range of community stakeholders. We reach entire communities through our corporate citizenship efforts. Our outreach and involvement focuses on the health, education and welfare of all children. We support diverse organizations and causes with financial contributions, product donations and volunteer support.

2013 was a year of EVOLUTION highlighted by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax to form one, larger, more efficient, and stronger company known as Office Depot, Inc. By combining the efforts of two committed and influential organizations, Office Depot will not only be able to accelerate our path to positive impact on businesses, people and the planet, but also better define our purpose. Whether through advancing supplier guidelines for the health and safety of workers in factories around the world, launching award-winning community outreach programs through the Office Depot Foundation, or growing our greener product sales, Office Depot’s commitment to sustainability remains strong, and will be strengthened further in the combined organization.

Donating sackpacks with essential school supplies and speaking up against bullying were prominent among the ways in which the independent, nonprofit Office Depot Foundation made a difference in 2013. The Foundation, which serves as the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc., serves children, families and communities around the world in support of its mission, Listen Learn Care.

The Foundation has played a vitally important role in Office Depot’s corporate citizenship endeavors for two decades. Its strategic priorities, which together are characterized as “The Caring Agenda,” focus on:

  • Giving children tools to succeed in school … and in life.
  • Building the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation.
  • Helping communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.

Stepping Up When Disasters Strike

When a devastating tornado cut a swath through the community of Moore, Oklahoma, the Office Depot Foundation quickly stepped up to help by donating food and essential relief supplies in collaboration with Oklahoma City-based Feed The Children. Subsequently, the Foundation donated 3,000 sackpacks for schoolchildren in Moore and convened a “Conversation on Community Renewal” at Feed The Children’s headquarters that brought together individuals from a wide array of nonprofit organizations and government agencies that were involved in helping Moore’s residents and businesses to recover and rebuild.

Steve Schmidt and Office Depot, Inc. Raise $12.4 Million for Cancer Research

Office Depot, Inc.’s President of International, Steve Schmidt recently completed his term as City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Nominee. A leading cancer and terminal illness research hospital, City of Hope is the charity of choice to the entire office supply industry. Steve oversaw fundraising on behalf of Office Depot, Inc., facilitating activities such as a golf tournament and street food Fun Friday fundraiser at the Boca campus. These efforts resulted in a $12.4 million donation to the organization and what that means for the world of cancer research.

Office Depot Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index

Office Depot, Inc. received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) workplace equality. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the company earned a perfect score, designating Office Depot as one of the “Best Places to Work” for LGBT equality.

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CTA Employee Discount

Office Depot will offer employees of CTA the opportunity to participate in an Employee Purchase Plan. The program allows employees to make personal purchases online or at Retail Stores.

CTA employees will be eligible to receive discounted pricing on their personal purchases for the items identified in the primary printed catalog in use for account customers (also known as “contract” customers) of the Business Solutions Division that is in circulation at the time of the order. Employee purchases will be priced at a discount of ten percent (10%) off of the regular sales price (promotions excluded) set forth on at the time of the order. Office Depot and CTA will mutually define a registration process for CTA’s employees to opt-in to this program. CTA’s employees will be liable for their own personal purchases and will be required to use a personal credit card for all purchases. Note that some categories will not be discounted (Technology Products, Toners/Ink, Business Machines and Equipment, Custom Printing, Gift Cards, Shipping Services, Warranties, U.S. Postage, Copy and Print Services, Promotional Products, and clearance items and promotional items, including, but not limited to, Instant Savings, Coupon Savings, Mail-In Savings, and Bundled Savings (collectively, “Excluded Categories”). Excluded Categories, as well as items that are not identified in the Catalog shall not be subject to the discounts or pricing under the employee purchase program.

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