Office Depot Hosts Eighth Annual Awards for Leadership in Greener Purchasing

Best Buy, DHL, International Monetary Fund and Others Awarded for
their Commitment to Greener Purchasing

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office
products, services and solutions
and parent company of Office Depot
and OfficeMax, today announced that it recently recognized a number of
organizations for their leadership in greener purchasing, including:

  • Best Buy
  • City of Chicago
  • DaVita HealthCare Partners
  • DHL
  • Greystar Real Estate Partners
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Rush Enterprises
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Strategic Source
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Windfall

In addition, Best Buy received the Office Depot Private Sector Award for
Leadership in Diverse Purchasing.

The awards were presented during Office Depot’s Eighth Annual Leadership
in Greener Purchasing Awards ceremony held in Denver on Oct. 8, 2015,
alongside the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
World Workplace Conference & Expo. Prior to the awards, Office Depot
hosted an educational summit during which speakers from Best Buy, DaVita
HealthCare Partners, Office Depot and the Sustainable Purchasing
Leadership Council presented on best practices in sustainable
purchasing. David Gottfried, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) delivered the keynote address.

“Office Depot congratulates the winners of our Eighth Annual Leadership
in Greener Purchasing Awards,” said David Trudnowski, senior vice
president of sustainability, adjacencies & public sector strategy for
Office Depot. “Purchasing and facilities managers across the country are
actively pursuing sustainability as a strategy, and our award winners
are showing leadership in implementation of these strategies through
daily purchasing decisions.”

Award winners were selected from among Office Depot’s largest 1,000
customers based on their high green spend percentage compared to
others in their sector. Office Depot calculates green spend percentage
by comparing a customer’s expenditure on products with eco-attributes
such as recycled content, energy-efficiency, non-toxicity, etc., and/or
ecolabels such as FSC, EPEAT, GREENGUARD, GreenSeal and EcoLogo.
Customer purchases with the highest level of meaningful eco-attributes
and ecolabels were given extra weight in the selection process.

“Office Depot has long had an environmental strategy strongly focused on
the B2B marketplace,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, senior director of
sustainability for Office Depot. “We know that as we recognize B2B
leaders for their green or diverse purchasing efforts, they will be more
likely to continue and others will be more likely to follow. We have
proven this year over year, and are proud to recognize our newest set of

Office Depot also invited a number of suppliers of eco-conscious
products to participate in a sustainability showcase during the IFMA
Expo. A few suppliers, including Kimberly- Clark, sponsored and
co-presented some awards.

“Kimberly-Clark has had a long-standing commitment to be responsible
stewards of the environment,” said Stewart Van Horn, director of global
sustainability for Kimberly-Clark. “We commend Office Depot for
recognizing green purchasing leadership and believe that celebrating
customer accomplishments in this way will translate to further action on
green procurement.”

To view a recap video of the event, click here.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services,
and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office,
home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work
better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more
productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print
and document services, business services, facilities products,
furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs
approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in
59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning
e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization
– all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations,
joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The
company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot,
OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Reliable and Viking. The company’s
portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton
Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select
Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found


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Rebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450