30 September 2010

Alliance Boots today launches its 2009/10 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the year ended 31 March 2010.  The report indicates the progress made across the Group during the year and highlights Alliance Boots key achievements in terms of corporate social responsibility activities. The Group’s framework of priorities covers four key areas: our community; our environment; our marketplace; and our workplace.  These four areas are relevant to all our business activities and reflect the core values of Alliance Boots.

The Group’s strong commitment to ensuring that its business practices are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable is well-documented.  By continuing to work responsibly and seeking to improve environmentally good practice through innovation and efficiency, Alliance Boots is making a substantial contribution to a sustainable future for its stakeholders.

Ornella Barra, Chairman of the social responsibilities committee for Alliance Boots, comments: “Corporate social responsibility is an everyday commitment and truly embedded in our philosophy across the Group’s businesses. With enthusiasm and dedication, we continue to pursue our investment in the agenda and I have every confidence that we are on track to build a world-leading sustainable group, with a strong corporate social responsibility culture that others will strive to emulate.”

The Alliance Boots 2009/10 Corporate Social Responsibility Report has been written in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative guidelines and criteria.  The full report is now available to view as a microsite within the Social Responsibilities section of this website.

ALLIANCE BOOTS CSR REPORT HIGHLIGHTS 2009-10 as a PDF - (51 KB)

ENDS

Editor’s Notes:

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group offering a wide range of products and services to our customers working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists. Our two core business activities are pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling. Alliance Boots is privately-owned and employs over 115,000* people. Its wholesale and distribution network serves over 150,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 360* pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 16* countries. We operate more than 3,250* health and beauty retail stores in nine* countries, of which just under 3,150* have a pharmacy.

* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2010, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Yves Romestan / Sanam Conway, Alliance Boots 
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871400

James Murgatroyd / Anjali Unnikrishnan, Finsbury
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7251 3801

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