Walgreens Boots Alliance 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Highlights
At Walgreens Boots Alliance we are proud of the impact our CSR initiatives have on people in our communities and around the world. From our support of vanguard cancer research in Europe, to donations that bolster vitamin distribution in developing nations and through our work with diverse suppliers and employees in the United States, the people pictured on these two pages are a testament to how we make a difference.
Gladys is a child in Guatemala who received twice yearly vitamin A supplements and deworming tablets, and a daily multivitamin, during 2015 and 2016 at her preschool in San Antonio Palopó on the shore of Lake Atitlan.
The vitamins, provided through the Walgreens-Vitamin Angels partnership, help supplement her limited diet. Her mother, the sole earner for her household, makes most of her money from weaving. Vitamin Angels partners with non-governmental organizations to provide life-changing vitamins and minerals for pregnant women, new mothers and children under five. Vitamin A deficiency, which is moderate in Guatemala, can cause blindness.
“Through partnering with companies that share our interests and goals for diversity, opportunity, and responsibility to society, we know that we will continue to move forward while helping others,” says Alison Gutterman, owner of Jelmar, a woman-owned firm that supplies cleaning products and rust removers to Walgreens.
Jamie Graham, one of more than 900 employees at our U.S. distribution centers who identify as people with disabilities, has worked at the Walgreens Connecticut Distribution Center for eight years as a general warehouse worker.
Jamie, shown here with Field Inclusion Manager Joe Wendover, says the job has transformed her life: “This job has allowed me to be more independent in what I do. The benefits are huge. I had no benefits before I started. I had no life insurance. This job has helped me financially.”
“It is very rewarding to work in a project that gives cancer patients new and hopefully better treatment opportunities,” says Dr. Daniella Aust, a study coordinator for the European Organisation for the Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) SPECTAcolor Biobank, which has been supported by numerous fundraisers held by employees at Walgreens Boots Alliance and its legacy businesses. “Platforms such as SPECTAcolor will be the only way to find novel treatment opportunities in the future.”