Walgreens celebrates key achievements in 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report

Comic Relief CEO Janet Scardino with Walgreens Boots Alliance co-COO Ornella Barra. Walgreens partners with Comic Relief as part of its annual Red Nose Day fundraising campaign.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance on Monday released its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report for fiscal 2016, highlighting the company’s ongoing support for people in its communities and workplaces, and overall progress toward its environmental and social goals.

“Our company is full of inspiring stories of social and environmental responsibility,” stated Ornella Barra, Walgreens Boots Alliance co-COO and leader of Corporate Social Responsibility. “I feel immensely proud of these initiatives, which show how much our people care and which are embedded in the work we do every day. We have set ourselves 12 challenging goals connected with our business activities and are excited to report on our progress.”

The report, covering the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2016, will be launched at an event Monday evening at the Knight Conference Center in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Walgreens Boots Alliance made significant strides in CSR accountability in 2016, reporting metrics that will serve as the baseline for evaluating future progress. For the first time since it was created in December 2014, the company collected data across all of its businesses, on charitable contributions, carbon emissions, energy usage, waste disposal, employee retention and employee gender.

In the 2016 report, the company maps its CSR goals to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Walgreens Boots Alliance’s commitment to those targets was recognized last year when the United Nations Foundation honored the company with its Global Leadership Award. The award highlighted, in part, the accomplishments of Walgreens highly impactful Get a Shot. Give a Shot. initiative, which has provided as many as 15 million life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign over the past three years.

Other events of note include the 2016 Red Nose Day, which doubled the donations raised the year prior by raising more than $20 million.

Walgreens Boots Alliance has built on the strong CSR tradition of its legacy companies, leveraging its global scale to make a real difference in programs to reduce environmental impact and to champion health and wellbeing around the world. The company has identified 12 strategic goals connected to its business and to its four key CSR areas: Community, Environment, Marketplace and Workplace.

“We truly embrace our corporate and social responsibility, and we embed it in how we operate our company as a sustainable and profitable enterprise," commented Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO Walgreens Boots Alliance. "As a healthcare champion, for us there is a strong commercial as much as moral imperative to be a good corporate citizen. Assessment, measurement and monitoring of social and environmental impact are built into our operating initiatives, procedures and our consideration of new contracts or corporate opportunities. Delivery against these policies is implemented in our daily work, in our businesses around the globe.”
 

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