Office Depot and CompuCom Committed to Supplier Diversity
At Office Depot, we are committed to supporting diverse suppliers and are proud to offer an exceptional choice of innovative products and services to our customers through our supplier diversity program. Our robust program provides opportunities for small and diverse-owned businesses to grow and succeed and helps our customers in their supplier diversity purchasing initiatives.
John Gannfors EVP, Chief Merchandising & Supply Chain Officer
Diversity Mission Statement & Commitment
Customer Focus, Commitment and Caring are core components of the Office Depot and CompuCom corporate culture and diversity strategy. We are committed to developing, establishing and accomplishing our diversity goals and helping our customers do the same.
•Our program helps our customers by providing diverse solutions that enable them to make a difference with their diversity initiatives.
•When we partner with diverse suppliers, we promote good citizenship and gain competitive differentiation in how we are serving our customers’ needs.
•Supplier Diversity creates a network of business partners that drive new market penetration, growth in revenue, innovations and cost savings.
Corporate Diversity Council Partnerships - National and Regional Affiliations
Qualifications & Certifications:
Minority-Owned Business (MBE)
A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. “Minority group members” are citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership means that the business is at least 51% owned or, publicly-owned in stock by one or more such individuals. • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Owned Business
A company that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a LGBT business owner. Certification is provided by the following organization: • The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Veteran Owned Business (VOB) & Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB)
A for-profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51% owned by an individual(s) who have performed active service in one of the United States armed services, and were honorably discharged. The term “service-disabled” means that such disability was incurred or aggravated in line of duty in the active military, naval or air-service. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business. Verification is provided by the following organization: • US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
Office Depot and CompuCom are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive Supplier Diversity programs of its kind, in order to give Diverse Suppliers more opportunities to grow and prosper. We actively seek out promising Diverse Suppliers which include: Certified-, Minority-, Women-, Disabled-, Veteran-owned and Small [SBA 8(a), SDB, and HUB Zone] enterprises to ensure equal opportunity in our supplier selection process.
Our program is made up of three dimensions: Tier I, Procurement, and Tier II. We collaborate with our customers and help them meet their supplier diversity goals through our impressive network of diverse supplier partners and vendors:
Tier I (reseller) - Customer buys directly from a diverse supplier partner, allowing maximum diversity credit. Office Depot becomes the wholesale partner.
Procurement - Our Procurement Team commits to include Diverse Suppliers in our sourcing opportunities. General goods & services for Office Depot and CompuCom include: HR Benefits, Insurance, Legal, Constructions, Ecommerce Marketing, Ecommerce Technology, Facilities, IT Consulting & Labor, IT Hardware & Software, Marketing & Advertising, Professional Services, Store Supplies, Transportation, Travel, Warehouse & Distribution,
Tier II - Customer buys directly from Office Depot and CompuCom but ensures a percentage of their diversity spend comes from diverse vendor products.
The three dimensions of our Supplier Diversity program help us:
Enhance capabilities of Diverse Suppliers
Expand the capacity of Diverse Suppliers to compete more effectively
Increase turnover of products from Diverse Suppliers
Leverage efforts with other corporations to create large-scale Diverse Supplier opportunities
Increase market reach and density
Increase purchases from Diverse Suppliers
Reduce buying costs of doing business for all suppliers and vendors
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