At Staples, our focus on an inclusive environment and a diverse workforce is top of mind. Both are inextricably linked to our business success, now and in the future. We believe that the diversity of associates, job seekers, customers and vendors energize our thinking and help us to be a stronger and better organization. Our efforts around inclusion and diversity are about far more than compliance or “checking the box.” They represent our genuine aspiration to best serve the needs of our customers and to be an employer of choice for our talented associates.
Linking inclusion and diversity to our overall business objectives and holding leaders accountable for building a culture of inclusion where associates are valued for their unique contributions is critical. To that end, we have launched an Executive Inclusion & Diversity Council and a team of Inclusion Ambassadors to support our strategy. More specifically, we have amped up efforts to close the gender pay and leadership gaps, expanded our dynamic Associate Resource Groups and increased overall awareness of our programs with our associates and customers.
Our associates are encouraged to be their authentic selves and engage in healthy debates that spur the creative thinking and innovation that propels us forward. At Staples, we aren’t interested in everyone having the same idea, but in the varying thoughts, ideas and perspectives that challenge us to make more happen – all day, every day. We know that an inclusive culture is a catalyst for success!
We also remain committed to doing business with diverse vendors and in diverse communities. Through our Supplier Diversity Program, we’re not only strengthening our bond with minority and women-owned companies, but helping them grow their businesses, as well.
We are proud of our accomplishments but we are not close to being satisfied. Our commitment to diversify our teams is unwavering and our march toward full inclusion is a priority. By living our values and staying focused on serving our customers, we will continue to be a great place to work and a trusted company for many years to come.
October 1, 2016