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    At the Heart of Health

    As a health and well-being enterprise, our purpose is to inspire more joyful lives through better health through our contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, a sustainable marketplace and an inclusive workplace.

Corporate Responsibility

As a health and well-being enterprise, our purpose is to inspire more joyful lives through better health through our contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, a sustainable marketplace and an inclusive workplace.

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We are deeply committed to maximizing our positive impact and our influence for good. Below, learn more about how we partner with community organizations to improve societal health and well-being, work to protect the planet, do business fairly and with integrity, and foster a safe and inclusive workplace. 

Corporate Social Responsibility
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Healthy Communities

We engage with local communities to improve societal health and well-being through:

  • Programs and campaigns to improve access to affordable, quality healthcare and awareness about critical health issues
  • Efforts to help combat opioid abuse and prevent overdose-related deaths
  • Partnerships, particularly aiming to help support people living with cancer at every moment of their journey, and to enable young people across the world to achieve their potential
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Healthy Planet

We are determined to protect the planet through programs in our operations and by engaging suppliers on environmental issues. We are committed to:

  • Reducing energy consumption and emissions
  • Reducing waste, increasing re-use and recycling, and collaborating to help create an increasingly circular economy
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Sustainable Marketplace

We aim to do business fairly and with integrity and are taking actions to:

  • Provide a platform of transparency into our owned brand products, including ingredient and material level information, and ensuring product safety
  • Continue to improve traceability of ingredients and materials of our owned brand products to reduce their environmental impact, protect healthy ecosystems and reduce climate change impact
  • Continue to drive responsible sourcing practices throughout our supply chain, protecting human rights and engaging with suppliers around ethical and environmental issues
  • Reduce the negative impacts of plastics in our owned brand products
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Healthy & Inclusive Workplace

We strive to treat our people with dignity and respect by:

  • Proactively supporting the personal health and well-being of our employees
  • Delivering on our commitment to offer equal opportunities and foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture for all through strong employment, pay and recruitment practices, policies and procedures
  • Continuing to improve our robust approach to health, safety and data privacy, actively caring for our employees and customers
2020 Highlights and Progress

Boots UK sent less than 1% of operational waste to landfill for a 2nd year running*

WBA employees reported more than 118,000 volunteer hours*

Walgreens scored 100 for 4th year running on Disability Equality Index

For the 2nd year running, Boots UK – Macmillan Cancer Support partnership was voted Most Admired Corporate-NGO partnership in the C&E Barometer

Walgreens joined groundbreaking Beyond the Bag consortium to help find a game-changing solution to single-use plastic retail bags

Boots UK launched BBC Earth sustainable gift line in stores

Walgreens has safely disposed of more than 1,400 tons (1,270 metric tonnes) of unwanted prescriptions**

Boots UK removed 270+ metric tonnes of plastic from 2019 holiday gift product lines

WBA aims to help provide a total of 100M immunizations for children in developing countries by fiscal 2024. 60M immunizations have been provided through Get a Shot. Give a Shot. and the United Nations Foundation**

Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny certification was obtained for Botanics skincare brand

Walgreens reduced energy intensity by 20% across 100M square feet of retail space by the end of fiscal 2020, compared with a fiscal 2011 baseline

WBA aims to help 400M women and children by providing vitamins and minerals by fiscal 2023. 250M+ women and children have been helped through our collaboration with Vitamin Angels**

* During fiscal 2020.
** Accumulated total over life of program, as of Aug. 31, 2020.