We encourage our people to live the health and wellbeing values that we stand for and work with our people to help and support initiatives which make positive changes to their lifestyles. We encourage each of our businesses to promote and develop a healthy living agenda among our people.
Walgreen Benefit Fund assists employees experiencing hardship
Established in 1939, The Walgreen Benefit Fund is an employee supported non-profit organization that assists employees and retirees facing financial difficulty due to circumstances beyond their control, such as accidents, long illnesses or natural disasters. In fiscal 2015, the Walgreen Benefit Fund provided more than $2 million in financial assistance to more than 2,000 individuals.
Employees are able to donate directly to the Walgreen Benefit Fund or through the charity choice program, which is a pay-roll deduction plan. The fund was started following Charles Walgreen Sr.’s death, where he bequeathed shares of Walgreen Company stock worth $50,000 at the time.
The Boots Benevolent Fund supports employee health and wellbeing at times of financial hardship
The Boots Benevolent Fund is a registered charity that can offer financial support to current and former employees in the UK at times of financial hardship.
During 2015, the Boots Benevolent Fund (known as the ‘Benny Fund’) helped almost 190 colleagues with grants and loans amounting to over $250,000. ‘Benny Day’ is an annual event held by employees at Boots UK’s Nottingham Support Office with all proceeds going to the Benny Fund.