Walgreens Boots Alliance publishes ESG report

THE WHAT? Walgreens Boots Alliance has published its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report.

THE DETAILS The drugstore chain’s highlights include Walgreens administering some 34.6 million COVID-19 vaccines, its Boots UK chain sending less than 1 percent of operational waste to landfill for a third consecutive year and reducing global carbon emissions by 14.9 percent from a 2019 baseline. The retail conglomerate also reported that it is on track to source 100 percent of palm oil from RSPO certified sources by the end of fiscal 2023.

THE WHY? CEO, Roz Brewer and Executive Stefano Pessina said in a statement, “For WBA, our corporate responsibility pillars – Healthy Communities, Healthy Planet, Healthy and Inclusive Workplace and Sustainable Marketplace – are at the heart of our purpose to create more joyful lives through better health. It’s what we believe. It’s what we do. It’s who we are.

“Our purpose is evident throughout this fiscal 2021 ESG Report, as we share the ongoing progress we’ve made on our sustainability targets and initiatives, and our diversity, equity and inclusion goals and our work to ensure health equity for all…

“We know that climate change is caused by human activities and we know it has negative impacts on human health. All companies must do their part to safeguard a liveable planet, and that is particularly important for us as a healthcare company.”