Developing plans to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, collaborating with other organizations in a global initiative
Reducing deforestation is important to Walgreens Boots Alliance because in our supply chains and businesses we use significant amounts of materials such as wood, paper, palm oil, soy and beef. The production of these items contributes to deforestation, which destroys habitats for plants and animals, affects local communities and is a major impact on climate change.
Since the formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance, we have prioritized integration of standards for traceability and sustainable sourcing across the company. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a signatory to the Consumer Goods Forum 2020 commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. These standards, based on principles and criteria for sustainable sourcing developed by stakeholders such as WWF’s Global Forest Trade Network and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), will help position us to further reduce deforestation related impacts.
We recognize this is a complex subject and not all of our businesses are at the same stage. We are developing a consistent approach based on what our key stakeholders regard as best practice.
Recent measures we have taken in this area include the following:
In calendar year 2015, Boots UK achieved more than 90 percent of wood, pulp and paper used in products and goods not for resale from credibly certified or recycled sources. And, in fiscal 2016, Boots introduced a new supplier portal to capture data on palm oil and soy use in products, which has greatly improved the depth of traceability data for these products.
In the USA, in fiscal 2016, Walgreens modified its paper purchasing by reducing the basis weight of the paper used for its newspaper advertising insert program. Walgreens centrally sources paper for its newspaper insert program, requiring that it be purchased from credibly certified or verified sources. Walgreens carries out random audits to help ensure compliance.
In addition, effective fiscal 2016, Walgreens implemented a new process for sourcing paper product goods not for resale, designed to ensure that all products within this group came from credibly certified or verified sources. This enabled traceability and accountability within the chain of custody.