30 September 2011

Alliance Boots today publishes its Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2010/11 for the year ended 31 March 2011.

Alliance Boots ambition is to build a world-leading sustainable group, making healthcare even more accessible to the communities it serves. The Corporate Social Responsibility Report outlines the excellent progress Alliance Boots has made over 2010/11 towards achieving this goal, as well as enhancing the Group’s credentials within the field of sustainability. 

During the year, the efforts of the Boots and Alliance Healthcare teams have been recognised through several well-deserved awards and accreditations, underlining Alliance Boots dedication to good corporate citizenship. In addition, the Group secured platinum status in the Business in the Community “Companies that Count” survey and was highly positioned in a recent global study conducted by the Reputation Institute. This is the first year that Alliance Boots Corporate Social Responsibility Report has included an independent assurance report issued by KPMG.

The Group’s corporate social responsibility framework of priorities covers four main areas: our community; our environment; our marketplace; and our workplace. Partnerships are key to the way Alliance Boots operates across each of these areas. For example, while marking the publication of the Corporate Social Responsibility Report, today is also the official launch of the Group’s new pan-European partnership with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Charitable Trust.

The first series of ongoing fundraising activities to support this partnership will be held today across Alliance Boots businesses. Money raised will go towards the total fundraising target of €5million over the next five years which will support the creation and funding of a “biobank” for colorectal cancer and later a platform for blood sampling to enable genetic profiling.

Ornella Barra, Chairman of the social responsibilities committee for Alliance Boots, comments: “Corporate social responsibility is integral to all the businesses across Alliance Boots. It is inherent in our values and forms a natural part of our culture. To realise our long-term vision of sustainability, we understand the importance of fully engaging the collaboration and support of our many stakeholders – both internal and external. Strong partnerships, such as that with the EORTC Charitable Trust which directly complements our ongoing partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK, are forged in pursuit of sustainability and are the true foundation and measure of our CSR success.”

The report can be accessed at: www.walgreensbootsalliance.com/photo_display.cfm?photo_id=15079.

ENDS


Editor's Notes:

About Alliance Boots

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 and distribution.  Alliance Boots is privately-owned and employs over 115,500* people. Its wholesale and distribution network serves over 160,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 21* countries.  It operates more than 3,280* health and beauty retail stores in 11* countries, of which just under 3,180* have a pharmacy.

* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2011, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

About the EORTC

Founded in 1962, EORTC is the largest European clinical research organisation in the field of cancer, with a worldwide reputation. It is headquartered in Brussels and its network comprises over 300 hospitals in over 30 countries caring for around 180,000 patients. EORTC’s aim is to create Europe’s first ‘biobank’ for the study of cancer treatments, a unique scientific pan-European initiative, building on the mapping of the human genome.


For further information, please contact: 

Yves Romestan / Sally Lewis / Katie Johnson, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871400

Katie Lang / Anjali Unnikrishnan, Finsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801

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