Sourcing office in Asia wins gold award
Walgreens Boots Alliance sourcing office in Asia recently won the gold award at the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) for its focus on the innovative and sustainable sourcing of products and materials. The HKAEE is one of the most prestigious and reputable environmental award programs in Hong Kong which encourages businesses and organizations to adopt green management and green innovations.
Walgreens Boots Alliance takes the sourcing of its products and services very seriously. In fiscal 2015, the Company took steps to build upon its framework for responsible sourcing in order to further ensure rigorous standards are met, both within the Company and by its external suppliers. For example, in 2015 we supported a Chinese company which supplies brushes to become 100% FSC wood certified.
Boots develops product sustainability assessment tool
Boots takes a holistic approach to product sustainability by taking into account the social and environmental impact of its own products throughout their lifecycle; from the sourcing of raw materials through product and packaging design and manufacturing, to use in the home and management of any waste at the end of the product’s life.
This approach led Boots to develop and introduce a product sustainability assessment tool covering 24 impact criteria to help improve the sustainability of Boots branded products.
The tool helps identify hotspots in the products’ lifecycle and creates a sustainability profile for each product assessed.
In recent years we extended the process to cover all Boots brand product development in the UK by embedding the principles into our quality management system. This included an overarching product sustainability policy and supporting technical standards for key topics. Additionally this approach is being considered in new brand development projects.