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Diversity at Work

Attracting members of underrepresented groups to our associate base is just the beginning. At Staples, we believe it’s also our responsibility to offer opportunities that engage, develop, and retain the talented and diverse members of our workforce in all areas of our company. Not only does it help create a more inclusive, diverse and collaborative environment, but is also essential for us to enhance our organizational culture and tap new markets in an increasingly global economy.

To improve our diversity outreach, Staples is focused on:

  • Recruiting and retaining under-represented minorities at our corporate headquarters
  • Hiring more college interns and seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Creating strategic partnerships to employ more Veterans

Supplier Diversity

By working with diverse businesses in our supply chain, we create jobs and opportunities for the diverse communities we serve, and increase customer loyalty. In 2012, Staples spent over $303 million with small, diverse vendors, which in turn, helped us reduce supply chain costs and increase revenues while bringing superior products to market.

diversity-production-solutionsDiversity Product Solutions® by Staples®

Manufactured by diverse vendors and suppliers, these products offer our customers the opportunity to meet their own diversity goals, while supporting small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

Want to learn more about supplier diverity? Visit us at our Supplier Diversity web site.

5 key metrics

for monitoring workforce diversity:

  • Percentage of total workforce
  • External hires
  • Percentage at leadership levels
  • Internal movement
  • Voluntary turnover

Our findings help shape our recruiting and retention strategy throughout the year.

2013 performance

  • Received perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index
  • Named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”
  • Increased our number of Associate Resource Groups
  • Staples Supplier Diversity program continues to engage with diverse suppliers, organizations and the larger community
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