Office Depot recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2016-Dec-13 — /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 (December 12, 2016) announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). Office Depot joins the ranks of 517 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are proud to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the sixth year in a row,” said Michael Allison, EVP and Chief People Officer for Office Depot. “Office Depot is committed to providing equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all of our associates. We continue to recruit a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities that we serve, recognizing that our organization only flourishes when we hire, promote and create paths to leadership for people of every background.”

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 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.

“Even in the face of relentless attempts to undermine equality, America’s leading companies and law firms remain steadfast and committed to supporting and defending the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The unprecedented expansion of inclusive workplaces across the country and around the globe not only reflects our progress, it helps drive it. As we enter a new chapter in our fight for equality, support from the business community will be more critical than ever to protect our historic advancements over the last decade and to continue to push equality forward for workers, customers and families around the world.”

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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 $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 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.

Contact:
Rebecca Rakitin
561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

CBRE named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality for the fourth consecutive year

CBRE Scores 100% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

Los Angeles, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality that is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. With its high score, CBRE is recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. This marks CBRE’s fourth consecutive year of achieving a perfect score, and the company continues to pave the way for increased diversity across the entire commercial real estate industry.

“We are grateful that our people are committed to upholding our values while creating outstanding outcomes for our clients—together our efforts underscore the value of an inclusive and diverse workforce,” said Chris Ludeman, global president, Capital Markets, CBRE and co-executive sponsor of the company’s LGBT & Allies Network Group. “We are honored that HRC has recognized our commitment for the fourth consecutive year by recognizing CBRE as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

The 2017 CEI rated 407 major businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices such as non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

CBRE’s LGBT & Allies Network Group plays an instrumental role in ensuring CBRE satisfies all of the CEI’s criteria and in engaging with national organizations such as Out & Equal that advocate for workplace equality.

“We are committed to celebrating the successes of all our people in order to deliver exceptional outcomes to our clients,” said Tim Schroeder, managing director, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE and co-executive sponsor of the LGBT & Allies Network Group. “We are extremely proud of our people and of this important achievement that recognizes our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Earlier this year, CBRE was ranked 15th on the list of 500 U.S.-based companies in Forbes magazine’s 2016 “America’s Best Employers” list. CBRE was also recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth straight year and named a World’s Most Ethical Company by The Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

More information on CBRE’s diversity and inclusion efforts can be found here. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index or to download a free copy of the report, visit http://www.hrc.org/cei.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue).  The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.  CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

CVS receives perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the second year in a row

Company scores 100 Percent on 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health, the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today announced that for the second year in a row it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. CVS Health joins the ranks of 391 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We pride ourselves on embracing and celebrating the rich diversity of our colleagues, customers and suppliers,” said Lisa Bisaccia, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for CVS Health and executive sponsor of the company’s LGBT resource group. “It is part of our culture to make every individual feel equally valued, respected and appreciated. These core values are the fabric of who we are as a leading health care company and make us one of the best places to work.”

Some of the programs and initiatives that account for CVS Health’s top score include:

  • an inclusive benefits package which provides health insurance coverage for the medically necessary health care services that transgender people need, including transition-related treatment;
  • support for 11 national  Colleague Resource Groups, including PRIDE, which offer employees the opportunity to share or support a particular ethnicity, culture or perspective;
  • the CVS Health Supplier Ethics Policy that supports the inclusion of LGBT vendors and suppliers; and
  • financial sponsorship and participation in annual LGBT-related and multi-cultural events and causes across the country where the company operates.

The 2016 CEI rated 1,024 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. CVS Health’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.

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

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

Contact: 

Joe Goode
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9820
jlgoode@cvs.com

Amy Lanctot
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-2931
alanctot@cvs.com

SOURCE CVS Health