At Walgreens Boots Alliance, we recognize the responsibility we have to care for our communities. As a company which continues to evolve and develop, we believe that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our vision for the future.
Everyday around the world, millions of people rely on the medicines we distribute and dispense. They rely on our local pharmacists for information, support and advice. They rely on the convenience of our retail presence to support their daily living and on our beauty products to look their best.
In December 2014, we completed the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots providing us with an even larger platform from which to develop our CSR activities globally. Significant work has been undertaken in this area during fiscal 2015 and our approach to CSR now combines the legacy CSR approaches of both Walgreens and Alliance Boots.
Walgreens has historically made a considerable CSR contribution, both in terms of its substantial commitment to community and workplace initiatives across the USA and also sizeable charitable donations. Alliance Boots commitment to CSR similarly goes back many decades and its detailed reporting in this area was considered an example of best practice in the CSR industry.
Walgreens Boots Alliance has three Divisions (Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale). Businesses within these Divisions vary greatly in size and business model and consequently their individual, respective CSR contributions are tailored to reflect these differences.
Businesses engage in initiatives which are relevant to their local communities and markets, but which all fall within the central, Company-wide, CSR framework and process. The four key areas of this framework are community, environment, marketplace and workplace.
In support of this framework, our report this year includes a collection of CSR related news from across the Company and identifies our objectives and priorities for fiscal 2016.
Prior to the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Alliance Boots published Corporate Social Responsibility data. During the year, we commenced a process to capture CSR data for the Retail Pharmacy USA Division.