Our goal is to support the health, wellbeing and vitality of the communities we serve. Please read the stories below to learn more about our initiatives in this area.
Actions to help prevent opioid abuse
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with fatal overdoses reaching an all-time high in 2016.
In fiscal 2017, Walgreens expanded its program to prevent opioid abuse and help fight the rise in overdose-related deaths.
Walgreens medication disposal program is the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer to combat the drug abuse crisis in the U.S. More than 150 tons (136 metric tonnes) of unused medications were collected and disposed of between the program’s inception in May 2016 and 31 August 2017.
Walgreens installed safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 600 pharmacies across 45 states and the District of Columbia. Walgreens has also worked to make naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without requiring a prescription at its pharmacies in 45 states.
Red Nose Day 2017 in the U.S.
Red Nose Day is an annual campaign that generates excitement and raises funds to help end child poverty. Walgreens encourages its customers, employees and suppliers to buy red noses, wear them for selfies, spread the word through social media and support the nationwide U.S. fundraising effort.
The more than $20 million raised for Red Nose Day 2017 included $7.6 million from sales of 10.6 million red noses and related merchandise, $6.7 million from Walgreens suppliers who joined the campaign, $5.1 million from donations at the cash register and employee fundraising and $800,000 from employee t-shirt sales.
International Health Partners
Over the past 12 years Walgreens Boots Alliance, including its legacy businesses, has provided medical supplies for disaster relief and refugee camps, through International Health Partners (IHP), Europe’s largest coordinator of donated medicines. During fiscal 2017 Alliance Healthcare in the UK and Alloga UK donated to IHP more than $70,000 in cash and medical supplies, based on cost value. The products are used to create Essential Health Packs.
Free HIV testing
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV epidemic, teamed up for the seventh year to offer free HIV testing and counseling about prevention strategies, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Testing was available at more than 220 Walgreens stores in 130 cities.
This in-store testing initiative was launched in 2011 in collaboration with Greater Than Aids and has grown to be the largest annual HIV testing activation of its kind in the U.S. From 2011-2017, more than 40,000 free HIV tests have been administered through this event.
First Ladies Health Initiative
Walgreens sponsored four First Ladies Health Initiative health days in California, Illinois and Indiana during fiscal 2017. The First Ladies Health Initiative was launched in 2008 by African–American women church leaders in Chicago. The group provides no-cost medical screenings and personal contacts to help detect or prevent illnesses that disproportionately impact African-American and Latino communities. The annual program is designed to reach people in minority and low-income communities who are at a higher risk for certain diseases but less likely to seek medical attention.
Boots UK has worked with Dementia Friends – an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to change people’s perceptions and understanding of dementia – since 2014. Boots UK is working toward becoming a more dementia-friendly organization and reinforced its commitment during fiscal 2017. This included holding further face-to-face information sessions and making Dementia Friends videos accessible to employees through the Boots learning platform. The videos enable employees to become Dementia Friends by learning more about the condition and the small ways everyone can help.
Boots Charitable Trust
Since its establishment in 1970, the Boots Charitable Trust has donated to local charities and organizations that benefit the people of Nottinghamshire. Boots UK continued to support the Boots Charitable Trust in fiscal 2017, donating more than $300,000.
Boots Ireland began participating in fiscal 2017 with See Change, an alliance of more than 80 organizations working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in attitudes toward people experiencing mental health difficulties. More than 250 managers, assistant managers and other employees received training about how to help support colleagues and break down the stigma around mental health, and an e-learning mental health module was launched for all employees.
Boots UK donated 12,000 wash bags to rape and sexual abuse survivors at Sexual Assault Referral Centres across the UK. The bags are meant as a gesture of kindness for rape victims after they have undergone medical examinations and contain products to support the care as well as the emotional and physical wellbeing of assault survivors at a time of crisis. The wash bags initiative was created as part of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall's work to support survivors of sexual assault.