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Office Depot Earns Perfect Score for the Second Year in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Office Depot is One of Only 19 Retail and Consumer Products Companies to Receive a 100 Percent Rating</i> </p>

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Office Depot Earns Perfect Score for the Second Year in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index09:00 EST Tuesday, November 20, 2012 BOCA RATON, Fla. (Business Wire) -- Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that the Company earned a 100 percent score in the 2013 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 second 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 2013, a consumer-oriented guide based on CEI ratings. “We are truly honored to be named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for the second year in a row,” said Michael Allison, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Office Depot. “The fact that Office Depot achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index for two consecutive years is a testament to our commitment to providing equal rights, benefits and opportunities to all of our associates. We believe that supporting diversity in the workplace is imperative to running a successful business and employing excellent talent.” The CEI rates companies on 40 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 fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence the Company's commitment to equality publicly, and exercise responsible citizenship. “Corporate America continues to raise the bar in workplace fairness,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “LGBT-inclusive workplace policies, such as those in place at Office Depot, are not only the right thing to do and good business practices, they are the new normal.” Current Office Depot policies and practices include prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, sexual expression or identity; offering partner health insurance and equal health coverage for transgender individuals; a diversity training covering sexual orientation; and more. About The Human Rights Campaign 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 Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,675 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs, and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5 billion, employs about 39,000 associates, and serves customers in 60 countries around the world. Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/. Office DepotRebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.comorStephanie Sampiere, 561-438-2563Stephanie.Sampiere@officedepot.com