May 29, 2012

Alliance Boots is pleased to announce that it has become the first healthcare partner of BBC Media Action by joining its Corporate Leaders Group for an initial period of one year. BBC Media Action is an international development charity, formerly known as the BBC World Service Trust, which recently launched a corporate partnership scheme aimed at leading companies in their sector with well-developed corporate social responsibility programmes in place. BBC Media Action invited Alliance Boots to become its first healthcare partner and explore ways of playing a supporting role in its international healthcare initiatives.

Ornella Barra (Chairman of the social responsibilities committee of Alliance Boots) said: “We are delighted to have been invited to become the first healthcare partner of BBC Media Action and believe its mission complements our corporate social responsibility strategy very well. This affiliation with BBC Media Action is a natural CSR fit for Alliance Boots as partnerships play a pivotal role in our corporate social responsibility agenda”.


Editor's Notes:

Alliance Boots is a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers.  Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best.  Our focus is on growing our two core businesses:  pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution. 

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 116,000* people.  Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in 11* countries and operates more than 3,330* health and beauty retail stores, of which just over 3,200* have a pharmacy.  Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses supply medicines, other healthcare products and related services to more than 170,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 21* countries.

* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2012 and include associates and joint ventures.

BBC Media Action (formerly known as the BBC World Service Trust) is an international development charity which uses various forms of media and communication to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change in some of the world's poorest places. In 2009/10, its projects reached 250 million people.


For further information, please contact:
Yves Romestan / Laura Vergani / Katie Johnson, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 201 980 8585 
Katie Lang / Anjali Unnikrishnan / Claire Scicluna, RLM Finsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801

Full press release as PDF - 29 May 2012 



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