At Office Depot, we are committed to supporting diverse suppliers and are proud to offer an exceptional choice of innovative products and services to our customers through our supplier diversity program. Our robust program provides opportunities for small and diverse-owned businesses to grow and succeed and helps our customers in their supplier diversity purchasing initiatives.
John Gannfors EVP, Chief Merchandising & Supply Chain Officer
Diversity Mission Statement & Commitment
At Office Depot, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all people are valued and respected. Diversity is an important dimension of Inclusion, Innovation and Customer Focus — three of our core values and keys to our success in a global marketplace.
Through our supplier diversity program, we’re proud to offer an exceptional choice of innovative products at affordable prices, and we’re constantly looking for top-quality products and services to offer to our customers. Diverse suppliers help us meet our own company-wide goals while also helping our customers succeed in their supplier diversity initiatives.
Corporate Diversity Council Partnerships - National and Regional Affiliations
Qualifications & Certifications:
Minority-Owned Business (MBE)
A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. “Minority group members” are citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership means that the business is at least 51% owned or, publicly-owned in stock by one or more such individuals. • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Owned Business
A company that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a LGBT business owner. Certification is provided by the following organization: • The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Veteran Owned Business (VOB) & Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB)
A for-profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51% owned by an individual(s) who have performed active service in one of the United States armed services, and were honorably discharged. The term “service-disabled” means that such disability was incurred or aggravated in line of duty in the active military, naval or air-service. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business. Verification is provided by the following organization: • US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
Office Depot is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive Supplier Diversity programs of its kind, in order to give Diverse Suppliers more opportunities to grow and prosper. We actively seek out promising Diverse Suppliers which include: Certified-, Minority-, Women-, Disabled-, Veteran-owned and Small [SBA 8(a), SDB, and HUB Zone] enterprises to ensure equal opportunity in our supplier selection process.
Our program is made up of three dimensions: Tier I, Tier II, and Procurement. We collaborate with our customers and help them meet their supplier diversity goals through our impressive network of diverse supplier partners and vendors:
• Tier I - Customer buys directly from a diverse supplier partner, allowing maximum diversity credit. Office Depot becomes the wholesaler partner.
• Tier II - Customer buys directly from Office Depot, but ensures a percentage of their diversity spend comes from diverse vendor products.
• Procurement - Our Procurement team commits to include Diverse Suppliers in our internal purchasing opportunities.
General supplies & services for our Corporate Office include: art, facilities equipment & services, mail room equipment, furniture, and office supplies. Services include Advertising, Marketing, Construction, Real Estate & Subleasing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Janitorial, Legal, Maintenance, Transportation & Logistics, Travel as well as relocation, and vending.
The three dimensions of our Supplier Diversity program help us: • Enhance capabilities of Diverse Suppliers Expand the capacity of Diverse Suppliers to compete more effectively • Increase turnover of products from Diverse Suppliers • Leverage efforts with other corporations to create large-scale Diverse Supplier opportunities • Increase market reach and density • Increase purchases from Diverse Suppliers • Reduce buying costs of doing business for all suppliers and vendors
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