Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale and International Retail, and Leader of Corporate Social Responsibility, speaking at a conference

“Bringing together Walgreens, Boots and Alliance Healthcare expands our CSR capabilities”

The combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots expands our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) capabilities and presents us with a fantastic opportunity to learn and gain insight from each other across a great range of CSR activities and initiatives, many of which have been in place across our businesses for several years.

Moreover, we believe the broad scope and nature of a number of Walgreens initiatives can successfully be applied across many other areas of our enterprise. 

We are very pleased with Walgreens deep commitment to further develop a strong CSR program across the USA. Some projects of note include charitable healthcare programs such as Vitamin Angels, which supplies vitamins to children and mothers in at-risk populations, free HIV testing in select locations around the country and partnerships to provide life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries. Walgreens has also shown some fascinating examples of green technology and, across the workplace, has shown substantial support for creating jobs for people with disabilities through better designed facilities and training programs. These are in addition to a history of sizeable charitable donations.

With regard to our international projects, we are delighted with our ongoing partnership with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) through the progress of the SPECTAcolor Biobank in Dresden, Germany, which we have supported since 2011. Through countless employee-led fundraising events, as well as sponsorship and company contributions, we have to date raised over $5 million to help the EORTC to prove the benefits of advanced personalized medicine for colorectal cancer patients. Additionally, Boots has continued its valuable work with Macmillan Cancer Support with the goal of ensuring that everyone in the UK has access to the best cancer information and support in their community.

The unwavering commitment, energy and enthusiasm from our people to these causes has been truly inspirational and we would like to warmly thank all those who have shown such incredible support and dedication.

We strongly believe that by combining global solutions with local action, companies with a growing footprint such as ours can positively help address the many social, healthcare and environmental issues we are all faced with today. Responsible, ethical and sustainable business behavior is critical and we must continue to put partnership and collaboration at the heart of what we do. 

Together we can be a powerful force for good to secure a better world for future generations and to deliver a CSR program of which we can all be truly proud.

Ornella Barra
Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale and International Retail, and Leader of Corporate Social Responsibility.

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