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    Office Depot Named One of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises for Sixth Straight Year
    Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Recognizes Office Depot as
    One of 16 Companies with World Class Supplier Diversity Program

    BEACH, Fla.—March 2007–The Women’s Business Enterprise National
    Council (WBENC) today announced its annual listing of America’s Top
    Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, the only national award
    honoring corporations for world class supplier diversity programs.
    Office Depot ,a leading global provider of office products and
    services, was named to this selective list for the sixth consecutive
    year.Celebrating the organization’s 10th year as the leading advocate
    for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs), WBENC named 16 corporations to
    this year’s list. Corporations were recognized for their company-wide
    programs that provide WBEs equal access to corporate contracts for
    goods and services.”WBENC is proud to recognize Office Depot and the
    company’s word-class supplier diversity program for the sixth
    consecutive year,” said WBENC Interim President Linda Denny. “Office
    Depot is a leader in its commitment to women in business and in its
    ability to consistently break down barriers that impede WBEs from
    gaining fair access to procurement opportunities.”Since becoming a
    Corporate member of WBENC in 2000, Office Depot has participated in
    numerous WBENC networking events, and provided support for many WBENC
    initiatives. The Company also plays an active role as a Member of the
    Board of Directors for WBENC.”We are honored to be named as one of the
    top corporations for supplier diversity by WBENC,” said Robert
    McCormes-Ballou, Director of Vendor Diversity for Office Depot and
    current WBENC board member. “Office Depot is committed to creating
    productive and collaborative relationships that enable us to provide
    our customers with a broader range of diversity solutions and a
    superior level of service.”The WBENC America’s Top Corporations for
    Women’s Business Enterprises Breakfast and Awards presentation will
    take place on Friday, March 30, 2007, in Dallas, Texas.

    Office Depot’s Commitment to Diversity
    Depot is committed to fostering a diverse vendor and supplier network.
    The Company’s diversity goals are to increase and strengthen the vendor
    diversity network to reflect the global marketplace, and to support the
    growth of women and minority-owned suppliers.Additionally, Office Depot
    is committed to strengthening its focus on supplier diversity to ensure
    the Company’s supplier base adequately reflects today’s global
    marketplace. Office Depot works with partners like WBENC to expand the
    capacity of members and to help them compete more effectively in the
    office supply marketplace. These efforts help Office Depot’s partners
    achieve long-term independent business viability with sustainable
    economic growth.

    About Office Depot
    Office Depot provides
    more office products and services to more customers in more countries
    than any other company.Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray
    Beach, Fla., Office Depot has annual sales of over $15 billion, and
    employs approximately 52,000 associates around the world. Currently,
    the Company sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 42