Delhaize America with perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

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

SALISBURY, N.C., 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize America proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Delhaize America joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

Delhaize America is committed to upholding a diverse and inclusive environment for all of our associates,” said Millette Granville, director of diversity and inclusion for Delhaize America. “We are proud and honored to have earned a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index again this year, a true reflection of this mission.”

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. Delhaize America’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. Delhaize America 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.”

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Delhaize America
Delhaize America, one of the nation’s largest supermarket operators, has more than 1,200 stores along the East Coast. Delhaize America companies include Food Lion and Hannaford Supermarkets. Each banner has a distinct identity and well-established brand image within its respective markets across 16 states, offering market-specific products and services to meet the unique needs of its customers. Delhaize America employs more than 100,000 full-time and part-time associates. The company is part of Delhaize Group, an international grocery retailer based in Brussels, Belgium.

About Human Rights Campaign Foundation
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.

SOURCE: Hannaford Bros. Co.

Staples announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

For Sixth Year in a Row, Staples Earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the sixth consecutive year that Staples has received the perfect score on the national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

“Staples is extremely proud to earn a perfect score for the sixth year in a row, as we are strongly committed to LGBT inclusion in all areas, from talent acquisition to benefits to associate engagement and development,” said Erika Hopkins Foreman, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Workplace Relations for Staples. “Our organization is stronger because of the dedicated LGBT associates and allies who focus on our customers and our communities.”

The company supports a range of Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), a formal community of committed associates who support Staples business results, global diversity strategy, community involvement and associate engagement. “Out At Work” is the ARG for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender associates and allies.

Most recently, “Out at Work” organized events around National Coming Out Day, the fifth annual celebration at Staples. The events worked to educate associates about LGBT related topics and issues as well as celebrate the support of allies throughout the past year. This year the event expanded to include activities at Staples corporate locations across the United States.

“By openly supporting the LGBT community, Staples shows all of its associates that it’s OK to be who you are – whether you identify as LGBT, are a family member of an LGBT person, or a friend and ally to the community,” said Katelyn Thompson, a Senior Usability Researcher at Staples and Co-Chair of Out At Work. “Knowing the company I work for is supportive of the LGBT community means I don’t have to worry about being who I am at work.”

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. Staples’ 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.

Please visit the company’s website for more information on Staples diversity practices.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

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 Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples(SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832
Mark.Cautela@Staples.com

Office Depot received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

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

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2015-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — 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 at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Office Depot, Inc.
Rebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com

SOURCE: Office DEPOT® | OfficeMax®

Walgreens received 100 percent score on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

Walgreens Earns 100 percent Score for the 11th Year on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 14th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This marks the 11th year Walgreens has earned a perfect score from the CEI index.

“As a company that aims to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, we understand that this also includes fostering the growth and development of all employees, regardless of individual differences,” said Stevens Sainte-Rose, chief human resources officer of Walgreens. “It is an honor to be acknowledged once again by the Human Rights Campaign for our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Thank you to our team, especially our WPride and Allies business resource group, for continuing to evolve policies and practices for more than a decade to help ensure a welcoming workplace for all.”

The 2016 CEI rated 851 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. Walgreens efforts satisfied all of the CEI’s criteria resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. Fortune 500 companies that participated in the survey had an average rating of 88. Walgreens joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year. For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

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 Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

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