Enabling young people to achieve their potential wherever they are in the world
Walgreens has made a difference, one vaccine at a time. Donations to the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program have helped provide more than 15 million life-saving polio and measles vaccines to children in need around the world. Walgreens expanded the campaign in fiscal 2016, which marked the third year of the program, by making a donation to the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign every time a patient got an immunization of any type, up to a total of $2 million. The previous year, Walgreens donated $1 million and matched a narrower range of vaccines.
We work with the U.N. Foundation and other organizations to identify countries and programs where we can make significant impact in community health and in preventing communicable diseases. For example, the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. campaign has provided critical support for polio immunization programs in Tanzania and Afghanistan and measles immunization in Chad and East Timor.
Walgreens added impact to the campaign in 2016 by generating social engagement through emotional videos, interactive social units, valuable flu shot health content and prompting patients to share their flu shot selfies with #giveashot. The social channels drove 139 million displays of the ad on Facebook, more than 500,000 engagements (such as clicks, shares or likes) on Twitter, and 76,000 engagements on Pinterest.
"Vaccines protect and improve the lives of millions of children in developing countries each year,” said Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the U.N. Foundation. “The prevention of measles deaths has been the single largest contributor to reducing childhood deaths over the last decade and we are now so close to ending polio. By expanding our partnership with Walgreens, we can support U.N. efforts to help children access these life-saving vaccines around the globe".
Boots UK customers and colleagues raised $1.4 million in November 2015 for BBC Children in Need; a total of more than $14 million over 12 years of supporting the charity. BBC Children in Need funds a number of projects that work with children and young people facing a range of disadvantages or challenges in their lives such as poverty, deprivation, abuse, neglect or any kind of disability.
The Boots relationship with BBC Children in Need goes well beyond donations, building on the links our pharmacies and stores have with their local communities. Boots stores and employees get involved with BBC Children in Need partners in their areas, volunteering to teach children about dental health, helping to put on seasonal events at youth centers, holding exercise and leadership workshops and much more.
As of August 2016 the Company neared its goal set in May 2014 of helping to provide 100 million children and pregnant women in at-risk populations in the USA and in other countries around the world with essential vitamins and minerals to help combat malnutrition, through a partnership with Vitamin Angels.
New initiatives around Vitamin Angels in fiscal 2016 connected employees and customers to some of the kids impacted by the program. Store employees mailed greeting cards to Vitamin Angels recipients and the children responded back to the stores with cards.
Walgreens continued to partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a flu shot voucher program, in its sixth year in fiscal 2016, to help our local communities. Through this program, Walgreens has provided more than $50 million in free vouchers to uninsured and underinsured residents in the USA and Puerto Rico.
Walgreens also continued to work on a number of programs with WE Charity, an international organization that partners with communities to help them lift themselves out of poverty using a holistic, sustainable five-pillar development model.
Walgreens sponsored four WE Days in fiscal 2016 in Illinois, Minnesota, California and Washington. WE Day brings together young people who participated in WE Schools, a program in which students develop action plans to improve their community and the world. Walgreens also sponsored curriculum through the WE are Love campaign, which encourages students to show appreciation for people who get overlooked at school and in their community.
Walgreens customers can also contribute to healthcare, education, water or financial opportunity projects for people in developing communities through the Walgreens/ME to WE platform, WE Impact Lives. The programs are funded through purchases in Walgreens stores of WE rafiki bracelets and selected, exclusive seasonal WE products.
One example of many fundraising efforts at our businesses around the world took place in Romania in fiscal 2016. Farmexpert, our pharmaceutical wholesale business in Romania, contributed a donation to support three teachers during one school year in the Teach for Romania program. Teach for Romania recruits talented future leaders, trains them to become inspiring teachers and places them in high-need schools where they are given the support to make a difference for students who are at risk of dropping out of school.
Walgreens Shot@Life Campaign video
WE Impact Lives
ME to WE Trip to Kenya