DEERFIELD, Ill., Nov. 16, 2020 – Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) announced today it has been selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), entering the North America index. This is a recognition of the company’s outstanding performance in corporate sustainability. DJSI is a family of best-in-class benchmarks for investors focused on sustainable business practices recognizing that these generate long-term value.
WBA believes it is the company’s responsibility and a business imperative to operate sustainably for people and the planet. The WBA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy is centered in healthcare, reflecting the company’s business focus as a leading global pharmacy retailer and distributor.
The company publishes an annual sustainability report on its CSR initiatives and on its progress on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics.
“We congratulate Walgreens Boots Alliance for being included in the DJSI North America. A DJSI distinction is a reflection of being a sustainability leader in your industry. With a record number of companies participating in the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment and more stringent rules for inclusion this year, this sets your company apart and rewards your continued commitment to people and planet,” said Manjit Jus, Global Head of ESG Research and Data, S&P Global.
WBA’s four CSR focus areas are supporting healthy communities through programs and campaigns to improve access to affordable, quality healthcare; protecting the planet through programs to reduce emissions and waste; ongoing efforts to increase the sustainability of its owned brand products; and treating its people with dignity and respect.
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About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy, touching millions of lives every day through dispensing and distributing medicines, and through its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products. The company has more than 100 years of trusted health care heritage and innovation in community pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling.
Including equity method investments, WBA has a presence in more than 25 countries, employs more than 450,000 people and has more than 21,000 stores.
WBA’s purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. The company is proud of its contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace and a sustainable marketplace. WBA is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business.
WBA is included in FORTUNE’s 2020 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies*, ranked first in the food and drugstore category. This is the 27th consecutive year that WBA or its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., has been named to the list.
More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.
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