Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
108 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, IL 60015, USA
Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. Walgreens Boots Alliance was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014. This transaction brought together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted healthcare services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years. By leveraging these advantages and opportunities, as well as the full benefit of our best practices and expertise, Walgreens Boots Alliance will be positioned to create substantial incremental efficiency, synergy and growth opportunities. The creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance provides an opportunity to further accelerate the development of a fully integrated, global platform for the future to provide innovative ways to address health and wellness challenges. Our Company is well positioned to expand customer offerings in existing markets and become the health and wellbeing partner of choice in emerging markets.
Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2015
“Committed to be a standout global company in supporting people and the planet”
With the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance on 31 December 2014, we established our vision to be the first choice for pharmacy, wellbeing and beauty–caring for people and communities around the world. Implementing that vision involves every aspect of our company and is part of our everyday work as we seek new ways to serve growing healthcare needs across the globe. Operating in the healthcare sector, caring for people living in our communities is central to our purpose and creates a natural connection to corporate social responsibility programs. Our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) grows out of our ability to operate a sustainable and profitable company. With the formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance, our enlarged scale allows us to contribute to the improvement of healthcare in more communities, to make products and services more accessible, and to provide new opportunities for our people and our partners. Through this privileged position from which to drive change, we aim to help people in local communities across the world lead healthier and happier lives – and we intend to further develop a sustainable model to help future generations to come. Our model also allows us to expand to new areas and to interact with even more countries, cultures and communities. Building on the heritage of our legacy companies, Walgreens Boots Alliance is committed to be a standout global company in supporting people and the planet, with a focus on serving our communities, environment, marketplace and workplace. We thank all of our employees for the support they have shown in the last year to act locally as part of our global enterprise.
“Bringing together Walgreens, Boots and Alliance Healthcare expands our CSR capabilities” The combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots expands our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) capabilities and presents us with a fantastic opportunity to learn and gain insight from each other across a great range of CSR activities and initiatives, many of which have been in place across our businesses for several years. Moreover, we believe the broad scope and nature of a number of Walgreens initiatives can successfully be applied across many other areas of our enterprise. We are very pleased with Walgreens deep commitment to further develop a strong CSR program across the USA. Some projects of note include charitable healthcare programs such as Vitamin Angels, which supplies vitamins to children and mothers in at-risk populations, free HIV testing in select locations around the country and partnerships to provide life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries. Walgreens has also shown some fascinating examples of green technology and, across the workplace, has shown substantial support for creating jobs for people with disabilities through better designed facilities and training programs. These are in addition to a history of sizeable charitable donations.
With regard to our international projects, we are delighted with our ongoing partnership with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) through the progress of the SPECTAcolor Biobank in Dresden, Germany, which we have supported since 2011. Through countless employee-led fundraising events, as well as sponsorship and company contributions, we have to date raised over $5 million to help the EORTC to prove the benefits of advanced personalized medicine for colorectal cancer patients. Additionally, Boots has continued its valuable work with Macmillan Cancer Support with the goal of ensuring that everyone in the UK has access to the best cancer information and support in their community.
At Walgreens Boots Alliance, we recognize the responsibility we have to care for our communities. As a company which continues to evolve and develop, we believe that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our vision for the future. Everyday around the world, millions of people rely on the medicines we distribute and dispense. They rely on our local pharmacists for information, support and advice. They rely on the convenience of our retail presence to support their daily living and on our beauty products to look their best. In December 2014, we completed the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots providing us with an even larger platform from which to develop our CSR activities globally. Significant work has been undertaken in this area during fiscal 2015 and our approach to CSR now combines the legacy CSR approaches of both Walgreens and Alliance Boots. Walgreens has historically made a considerable CSR contribution, both in terms of its substantial commitment to community and workplace initiatives across the USA and also sizeable charitable donations. Alliance Boots commitment to CSR similarly goes back many decades and its detailed reporting in this area was considered an example of best practice in the CSR industry.
We strive to support the communities in which we work. We provide our people with opportunities to devote their time, energy and talent to supporting the causes that matter.
Walgreens raises over $8.7 million through Red Nose Day
- Walgreens Red Nose day photo montage Dedicated to championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens nationwide became the official retailer of red noses in support of the first Red Nose Day USA in 2015.
- Organized by Comic Relief UK, which staged the first ever Red Nose Day in 1988, Red Nose Day raises funds for non-profit organizations that help lift children and young people out of poverty.
- From the moment the Red Nose Day USA campaign began in April 2015 to its culmination on 21 May 2015, team members across Walgreens came together to raise money for Red Nose Day. With support from customers across the country, Walgreens exceeded its goal and raised over $8.7 million by selling red noses, vendor partner products and generating in-store cash donations in support of the nationwide fundraising campaign.
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