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Office Depot recognized as top company for women’s business enterprises


Boca Raton, Fla. -- Office Depot Inc. has been named to the 15th annual list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). This marks the 12th year that Office Depot has been named to the list.

Office Depot's supply chain diversity program was created to give Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) additional opportunities. Making HUB products readily available and top of mind for business customers is a core focus of to Office Depot’s supply chain diversity strategy. The company actively seeks out promising HUBs that are certified minority-, women-, disabled-, and veteran-owned to ensure equal opportunity in the supplier selection process.

Office Depot also created an annual HUB catalog for the office supplies industry in 2009, which features the company’s complete assortment of products sold by HUB vendors. Today, the catalog contains nearly 1,800 products offered by certified HUBs.

“We are pleased to be recognized by WBENC for breaking down barriers and proactively integrating Women’s Business Enterprises into Office Depot’s supply chain,” said Linda Boykin, VP of contract merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “We are committed to actively conducting business with women-owned businesses that are WBENC-certified. It’s a win-win for women business owners, and it helps us to provide smart solutions for our customers who seek products and services sourced from diverse suppliers.”

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