Walgreens Boots Alliance is a signatory to the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. We continue to integrate standards for traceability and sustainable sourcing across the Company.
Reducing deforestation is important to us because we use significant amounts of materials such as wood, paper, palm oil, soy and beef in our businesses and supply chains. The production of these items contributes to deforestation, which destroys habitats for plants and animals, affects local communities and has a major impact on climate change.
Boots UK maximum score for palm oil buyers
Boots UK received the maximum score of 9 on the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2016 – the most recent biennial scorecard – for using 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) in its owned brand products such as No7, Soap & Glory and Botanics. Boots UK has been a member of the RSPO since 2006 and makes an Annual Communication on Progress (ACOP) on palm oil.
Tools for greater transparency
Boots UK has been regularly audited by GreenPalm, a certificate trading program that supports the production of certified sustainable palm oil. During fiscal 2017, Boots UK joined a group of European companies in the Retailer Palm Oil Transparency Coalition, which collaborates to obtain greater transparency of information relating to the sustainability performance of global supply chains in order to incentivize faster progress toward a sustainable palm oil industry.
During fiscal 2017 Walgreens began implementing tools to increase transparency into its supply chain and retail products, a key step toward developing comprehensive policies around product sustainability and ingredients such as palm oil.
Progress on paper use
Boots UK received the top score of 3 in the WWF 2017 Timber Buyers Scorecard, which measures the progress of timber and timber product buyers in the UK on sustainable sourcing.
During fiscal 2017 Walgreens redesigned the labels that it uses to promote sales in its stores. As a result Walgreens will be able to fit more printed labels on each sheet of paper used for printing, saving both costs and forests.