For Fifth Year in a Row, Staples Earns 100 percent on Annual
Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 25, 2014--
Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced that it received a perfect
score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI
is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and
practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human
Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. This marks the fifth year in a row
Staples has received a perfect score of 100 percent.
“Staples perfect score on the HRC Equality Index for the fifth year in a
row is a reflection of the hard work by our associates to promote a
workplace that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion,” said John
Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc. “It’s important that all
associates feel valued for who they are and know that their ideas and
viewpoints and beliefs will help contribute to Staples’ success.”
Staples was previously named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT
Equality” by the HRC. The company has Associate Resource Groups (ARGs),
a formal community of committed associates who support Staples business
results, global diversity strategy, community involvement and associate
engagement, including an ARG called “Out At Work,” for lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender associates and allies.
Most recently, “Out At Work” organized several events that celebrated
National Coming Out Day by educating the greater Staples community about
LGBT related topics and issues. National Coming Out Day at Staples,
which is celebrated annually on October 11th, addressed the importance
of coming out at work and included empowering coming out stories told
firsthand by Staples associates.
The 2015 CEI rated 972 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’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s
criteria resulting 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
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.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832