Our goal is to enable young people to achieve their potential wherever they are in the world. Please read the stories below to learn more about our initiatives in this area.
WE Impact Lives
Walgreens Boots Alliance expanded its ongoing partnership with WE Charity, an international organization that works with communities to help them lift themselves out of poverty using a holistic, sustainable development model and that inspires young people to get involved in community projects. In fiscal 2017 Walgreens Boots Alliance businesses supported WE Charity through a number of initiatives, including events and activities in the UK for the first time.
Walgreens and Boots UK sponsored six WE Day events – celebrations for social change - in California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Washington and the UK.
Walgreens stores sold more than 1.1 million items in fiscal 2017, generating donations totaling more than $940,000, to help support a number of WE programs including healthcare, education, water and financial opportunity projects.
Walgreens also supports the WE Give Health campaign, in which youth organize healthy living events and raise funds to help other young people in developing communities gain access to healthcare.
Boots UK supported schools in the Nottingham area to take part in a health and wellbeing focused speaking tour and youth summit, as part of WE Schools.
Get a Shot. Give a Shot.
The Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program – in its fourth year during fiscal 2017 – has helped to provide more than 20 million lifesaving polio and measles vaccines to children in need around the world. Walgreens makes a donation to the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign every time someone gets a flu shot or immunization of any type at Walgreens.
During fiscal 2017 Walgreens donated close to $2.0 million to Shot@Life, helping to provide more than 9 million vaccines, including critical support for polio immunization programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and measles immunization programs in a number of countries.
Walgreens continued to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a flu shot voucher program, donating more than 200,000 vouchers during fiscal 2017. Over seven years, Walgreens has distributed more than 3 million free vouchers to uninsured and underinsured people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
BBC Children in Need
Boots UK customers and employees raised a record of close to $1.9 million for BBC Children in Need in November 2016; bringing the total to around £10 million ($16 million) over 13 years of supporting the charity. During the live, on-air appeal, the Boots UK call center, where employees volunteer, received more public donations to BBC Children in Need than any other call center.
BBC Children in Need funded more than 2,400 projects in 2016 that work with children and young people across the UK facing a range of disadvantages or challenges in their lives.
Through a partnership with Vitamin Angels, Walgreens has helped to provide more than 130 million children and pregnant women in more than 60 countries, including the U.S., with essential vitamins and minerals to help combat malnutrition, as of 31 August 2017.
Walgreens donates 1 percent of sales of participating vitamin products to Vitamin Angels, and the organization generates engagement around the program by encouraging Walgreens employees to send messages to children who have received vitamins. In fiscal 2017 more than 20,000 Walgreens employees signed more than 2,000 cards that were sent to children in seven different countries.
Boots Opticians and literacy
Boots Opticians continued to support and promote literacy and vision health during fiscal 2017. In a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Boots Opticians distributed its free children’s eye health book, Zookeeper Zoe, which teachers, parents and caregivers can use to carry out a basic visual acuity check for children in the UK. Vision screening using the Boots Opticians toolkit, which was available to all UK primary schools for free, reached 126 schools during fiscal 2017, and 17 percent of the 5,677 children screened were found to need a full eye check.