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In the stories on this page, you can learn more about the work we did during fiscal 2018 on ingredients, chemicals management and packaging.


Chemicals management

At Walgreens Boots Alliance, we understand that our consumers want to feel confident that the products they use are safe. To formalize this commitment, Walgreens Boots Alliance has implemented a chemicals management program that assesses and restricts the use of certain chemicals or ingredients in products sold in our stores and online. Our Chemical Policy Statement can be found on our website.

To address customer concern about the safety of certain chemicals that are not restricted by law, we have developed a Restricted Substances List for chemicals or ingredients in baby, personal care and household cleaning products within Walgreens and Boots UK owned brands and exclusive consumer retail lines. We have begun the process of reformulating products in these categories with the intent to remove ingredients on the Restricted Substances List by the end of 2021.

Microbeads and impacts on waterways

We have engaged with a range of suppliers and stakeholders to understand and address the industry-wide issue of the potential impact some ingredients, such as microbeads and plastic wands in cotton swabs, have on waterways and oceans. We reformulated our Walgreens and Boots UK owned brands to eliminate plastic microbeads from rinse off products, which adversely affect waterways and oceans.

Krill fishing

In response to increasing concern among consumers about ocean conservation and the harvesting of krill in particular, Boots UK joined a group of 12 retailers in the British Retail Consortium in signing an industry statement supporting ocean sanctuaries in the Antarctic. Krill is a small crustacean that is a key link in the Antarctic food chain. It is fished for use in products such as dietary supplements, and the decline in its population poses a risk for oceanic food webs. In the statement, the retailers, including Boots UK, said they demonstrated their support for the establishment of marine protected areas by co-operating with suppliers to put in place a precautionary approach that will voluntarily restrict fishing activity in selected areas.

Palm oil

In fiscal 2018 our owned brand products including No7, Botanics, Liz Earle, Soap & Glory, YourGoodSkin and CYO adopted sustainability requirements for palm oil, wood pulp and paper, and have verified with suppliers a level of traceability in each, including full declaration of source, certification levels and management. These product lines use 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), which covers palm oil and its derivatives and includes physical certification as well as book and claim systems, such as PalmTrace certificates that fund projects improving the sustainability of palm oil production. In these same product lines, our use of Certified Supply Chain Sustainable Palm Oil (CSSPO) increased to 75 percent in calendar 2017 fron 72 percent percent in calendar 2016.

Animal testing 

No animal testing is undertaken by Walgreens Boots Alliance. Our Product Testing Policy Statement  can be found on our website.

Recycling information on packaging

Boots UK and Walgreens have both made strides in providing recycling and disposal information on owned brand items. Walgreens continued to phase in How2Recycle labeling—simplified recycling instruction labels—on owned brand products during fiscal 2018. How2Recycle labels make it easy for consumers to know where and how to recycle packaging. As of the end of fiscal 2018, more than 600 products carried the label, including Walgreens and Nice! brand items in the beauty, personal care, health and wellbeing, and food and beverage categories.

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