Walgreens Boots Alliance Releases New Corporate Social Responsibility Report


  • Helped to provide life-changing vitamins and minerals to more than 160
    million children and women through a CSR partnership with Vitamin
  • Helped to provide more than 34 million lifesaving vaccines to children
    in the developing world through a CSR partnership with the UN
  • Announces new and expanded UK CSR partnerships with The Prince’s
    Trust, WE

NOTTINGHAM, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) today published its 2018
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report
, which showcases the
company’s global sustainability initiatives to prevent opioid abuse,
support cancer patients and their families and address malnutrition and
other health issues in communities around the world.

WBA’s CSR strategy is largely focused on health care initiatives,
particularly access and affordability, due to the nature of the
company’s pharmacy and wellbeing business. Working with partner
organizations the company has helped provide life-changing vitamins and
minerals to more than 160 million children and women, and more than 34
million lifesaving vaccines to children in the developing world.

“As a pharmacy-led global company we have a tremendous opportunity to
change the world for better. Through our health-centered initiatives we
have had a positive impact on millions of people in the communities we
serve and in underserved areas across the planet,” said Ornella Barra,
Walgreens Boots Alliance co-chief operating officer and chairman of the
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. “We believe that we can drive
business results while benefitting society and that is why we have
embedded CSR in everything we do.”

The report was launched today at the Boots UK support office in
Nottingham, coinciding with the celebration of 170 years since Boots was
founded here. Over this time Boots UK has pioneered CSR work in many
areas, such as product sustainability, community partnerships and
sustainability reporting.

Partnerships have been a core WBA strategy for delivering health
benefits for communities, customers and our employees. In keeping with
this approach, Boots UK also announced today new and expanded CSR

  • A new partnership with The Prince’s Trust aims to increase
    employment opportunities for young people across the UK, by supporting
    them to develop skills for the workplace and by providing in-store
  • An extension of its partnership with WE – a family of organizations
    that make doing good, doable – aims to help a generation of young
    people in Nottingham fulfill their potential. The UK WE Schools
    program empowers young people to develop their personal wellbeing and
    workplace readiness through social action. In November 2019, Boots and
    WE will host the first WE Day Community Nottingham youth celebration

WBA achieved a number of sustainability milestones in the 12 months that
ended August 31, 2018. Highlights in the company’s 2018 CSR Report

Opioid abuse prevention: Walgreens expanded its efforts to combat
overdose-related deaths. Between May 2016 and August 2018, Walgreens
safe medication disposal kiosk
collected and safely disposed more than 410 tons (372 metric
tonnes) of unused and unwanted medication to curb the abuse of
prescription drugs.

Dementia awareness: Boots UK continued to work with Dementia
Friends – an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to change people’s
perceptions and understanding of dementia. Boots has helped to create
more than 38,000 Dementia Friends, people with an understanding of what
it can be like to live with dementia. There is at least one Dementia
Friend in every Boots store in Great Britain, to help people who shop at
Boots stores feel safe, calm and comfortable.

Cancer programs: We extended our partnership with the European
Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) with a
commitment to raise €5 million by 2023 to further advance our joint
goals of providing better treatment and quality of life for people with
cancer, in addition to the more than €5 million raised previously. Also,
this year Boots UK is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of working
with Macmillan Cancer Support. Boots UK employees and customers have
raised more than £16.6 million ($25.1 million) for Macmillan Cancer
Support as of August 31, 2018.

Emissions reduction and waste initiatives: WBA has reduced its
carbon footprint by 15.3 percent since fiscal 2016, the baseline year
for the company’s CSR performance data. In fiscal 2018 Walgreens
distribution facilities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico diverted 93 percent
of waste from landfills. Walgreens also diverted more than 3.4 million
pounds of safe and unused toiletries, food and household items from
landfills by donating the items to Feeding America.

Product transparency: WBA has implemented a chemicals management
program to assess and restrict the use of certain chemicals and
ingredients in products it sells and provide greater transparency for

The WBA 2018 CSR Report was prepared in accordance with the GRI
Standards: Core option. The GRI Standards are the world’s most widely
used set of sustainability reporting standards. The full report is
available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.
To learn more about WBA and sustainability, connect with the company on WBA

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements
in this release and related CSR report that are not historical,
including goals for and projections of future results, the expected
execution and effect of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategies
and initiatives and the amounts and timing of their expected impact, are
forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and
involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, known or unknown,
including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of Walgreens Boots
Alliance’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018, which
is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that
Walgreens Boots Alliance files or furnishes with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties
materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual
results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only
as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law,
Walgreens Boots Alliance does not undertake, and expressly disclaims,
any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement
after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information,
future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led,
health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted
health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical
wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and
daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots
Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments
together have a presence in more than 25 countries and employ more than
415,000 people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health
and wellbeing retail and, together with its equity method investments,
has more than 18,500 stores in 11 countries as well as one of the
largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with
more than 390 distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000
pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than
20 countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the
world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health
and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes
Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as
increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap
& Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is included in Fortune magazine’s 2019 list of
the World’s Most Admired Companies and ranked first in the food and
drugstore category. This is the 26th consecutive year that Walgreens
Boots Alliance or its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., has been named
to the list.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.



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