For Fourth Year in a Row, Staples Earns 100 percent on Human
Rights Campaign Foundation’s Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2013--
Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced that it received a perfect
score of 100 percent on the 2014
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 fourth year in a
row Staples has received a perfect score of 100 percent.
“Staples is proud of our support for diversity throughout our company,”
said John Burke, chief culture officer and senior vice president,
Staples, Inc. “The perfect score on the HRC Equality Index highlights
how we embrace and promote diversity and inclusion so that all
associates feel valued for who they are.”
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.
Staples also has diversity partnerships with both the HRC and National
Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and has participated
in the It
Gets Better Project, which communicates to lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to
create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them, filming
a video supporting the organization and its message.
The 2014 CEI rated 934 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.
For more information on Staples diversity practices, please visit the
Soul” website and its section on diversity.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of
business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses
need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and
services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print
services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of
associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all
sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside
Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
Source: Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832