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Continuing to drive ethical sourcing practices, protecting human rights across our supply chain

Walgreens Boots Alliance continues to recognize its responsibility to address and mitigate any risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in its operations. The Company took a number of actions during fiscal 2016 to help do our part to eradicate these abhorrent practices and to meet the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. 

The Company established a global Ethical Trading Standards Policy that consolidated vendor responsibility and ethical sourcing statements from our legacy businesses into a consistent worldwide set of standards. Primary among the provisions in the new policy is our opposition to the exploitation of workers through any form of forced or bonded labor, slavery, human trafficking or labor practices that involve harsh or inhumane treatment.

Walgreens Boots Alliance requires its vendors to be subject to this policy and to share it with any subcontractors they use. The Company has contracted with service provider Dow Jones Risk & Compliance to provide due diligence reviews of business partners around the globe. 

The Company also convened an internal global task force on the modern slavery crisis, with representation by senior managers from legal, compliance, human resources, procurement and our product brands. In addition, we conducted more than 1,200 ethical compliance assessments on new and existing suppliers in the production of our product brands and worked with suppliers on remedial action plans where non-compliance has been identified. We also developed a formal rapid escalation process for any issues within our supply chain.

In response to the California Transparency Act,  the Retail Pharmacy USA Division created an annual online training course that is required for all relevant employees.
2016 Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement


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