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Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes First Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes First Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

Published 01-28-16

Issued by Walgreens Boots Alliance

Report Highlights

Walgreens Boots Alliance has published its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report online to showcase the many ways its Company and businesses are supporting the community, environment, marketplace and workplace.

Ornella Barra, Leader of Corporate Social Responsibility at Walgreens Boots Alliance said: “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. 

"We strongly believe that by combining global solutions with local action, companies with a growing footprint such as ours can positively help address the many social, healthcare and environmental issues we are all faced with today.

“Responsible, ethical and sustainable business behaviour is critical and we must continue to put partnership and collaboration at the heart of what we do. Together we can be a powerful force for good to secure a better world for future generations and to deliver a CSR program of which we can all be truly proud.”

The report is available via the Walgreens Boots Alliance website ( and includes CSR news from across the Company. It also outlines the Company’s approach to CSR, which combines insight gained from across its Divisions and businesses.

Key projects mentioned in the report include charitable healthcare programs in the USA such as Walgreens Vitamin Angels initiative, which supplies vitamins to children and mothers in at-risk populations, and Walgreens program to offer free HIV testing in select locations around the USA, as well as numerous initiatives to reduce our collective impact on the environment and to build even better places to work and trade.

With regards to international projects, over $5 million has been raised to help the EORTC (European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer) 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.

James Skinner (Executive Chairman of Walgreens Boots Alliance) and Stefano Pessina (Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance) added: “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.”

About Walgreens Boots Alliance:

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. 

The Company, with a presence in more than 25* countries, employs over 370,000* people and is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe.

*As at 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

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