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Employee Groups & Mentoring

Meaningful working relationships, whether they are associate-driven organizations like our ARGs or one-to-one mentorships, offer our associates an opportunity to network, support one another, bring greater awareness to diversity and inclusion issues, and grow both professionally and personally.

Getting together to make more happen.


Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) are recognized organizations comprised of Staples associates who have committed themselves to supporting and furthering our business goals, global diversity strategy, community involvement and associate engagement. These groups are a tremendous resource for associates seeking to network, hone professional skills, and more. On our end, they help Staples more deeply engage with our workforce and increase the retention rates of diverse employees, while also giving us valuable insights into diverse customer segments.

In addition to the existing ARG chapters listed below, we will continue to launch new ones in various locations throughout the world.

  • Women Who Lead
  • Out At Work (LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies)
  • BlackTies
  • HOLA
  • SPARC (Asian and Pan-Asian)
  • Young Professionals
  • Veterans
  • Diversity Matters

Why mentoring makes us better

Staples believes mentoring relationships expose leaders and associates to new ways of thinking and doing by creating a deeper understanding of the unique and diverse talents and perspectives present within our organization.

Mentoring made easy for associates

Our innovative Diverse Supplier Mentorship Program, now in its fourth year, promotes professional and business development among diverse business enterprises. And like any great relationship, we get back as much as we give.

We are proud that:

  • The Staples Legal Department is partnered with a minority-owned law firm in a mentoring relationship.
  • Our Contract Marketing organization is helping a local, woman-owned marketing consulting firm get to the next level of growth.
  • Staples Treasury continues to utilize a minority-owned securities firm for the implementation of our share-repurchasing program.

Staples Belongs!

Corporate Member National Minority Supplier Development Council
Board Member Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Board Member WEConnect Canada
Board Member Diversity Information resources
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