Scroll down to view our event which explores how communities across the globe are uniting to be a force for good. The event celebrates pharmacy and health experts who share their learnings from the pandemic, and features sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) experts discussing how to make health systems more equitable and resilient.
For the first time in a lifetime, we are seeing the coming together of people, communities and countries united in the fight against a major global health crisis. The pandemic has heightened the collective desire to do more for each other, for our environment and the greater good. In 2020, our colleagues who work behind our pharmacy counters, in our warehouses, and drive our vehicles were on the frontline of the pandemic. They provided the necessary advice, support and access to products and services that enabled communities to withstand the most unprecedented public health crisis of the century.
Our virtual event celebrated the launch of our Corporate Social Responsibility Report, ‘At the Heart of Health.’ It introduced pharmacy and health experts who shared their learnings from the pandemic, and featured discussions with sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) experts on how to make health systems more equitable and resilient for our collective future.
As well as sharing highlights from the 2020 CSR Report, Ornella Barra, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, was joined by special guests including:
- Alex Gorsky - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson
- Jean-Paul Agon - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L'Oréal
- Valerie Jarrett - President, The Obama Foundation;
Board Member, Walgreens Boots Alliance
- Dr. Sally Uren OBE - Chief Executive Officer of Forum for the Future
- Anne W. Rimoin, PhD, MPH - Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA
- Richard Curtis - Founder, Red Nose Day
A welcome and thank you message from Ornella Barra, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and a message of thanks and reflection on 2020 from Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance.
This discussion addresses the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in achieving health parity. Speakers discuss the most glaring health inequalities in the wake of the pandemic, as well as strategies for improving health outcomes within vulnerable communities.
This discussion tackles the importance of ensuring equitable vaccine distribution within global and local health systems. It discusses the hurdles to equitable distribution and explores methods for safely vaccinating underserved populations.
This discussion highlights that pharmacists do so much more than just dispense medicine, and are core to our business model as community healthcare specialists. Outlining the challenges and opportunities the pandemic has presented and the Individual lives that serve and support at a time of need, as part of our everyday role at the heart of community healthcare.
This discussion explores the inextricable relationship between sustainability and health. It also covers how the pandemic has impacted the prioritization of sustainability among businesses and consumers, and touch on WBA’s global initiatives related to energy, waste, packaging, and recycling.