Walgreens VP Skip Bourdo and Christy Gibb of the Comic Relief Board of Trustees rang Nasdaq Opening Bell

DEERFIELD, Ill, 2016-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, rang the Opening Bell this morning at the Nasdaq Stock Market in celebration of Walgreens participation in Red Nose Day. Walgreens, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Red Nose Day, which is happening today in the U.S., is a chance for everyone to get seriously silly to raise funds and help change the lives of kids who need it most – in the U.S. and around the world. Over the past several weeks and continuing through next week, Walgreens has asked its customers to purchase red noses and other red flair items and wear them today on Red Nose Day, with proceeds benefiting the Red Nose Day Fund.

In honor of the day, Walgreens Corporate Operations Vice President Skip Bourdo and Christy Gibb of the Comic Relief Board of Trustees rang the Opening Bell. Representatives from Red Nose Day 2016 partners NBCUniversal and Mars Chocolate North America also were in attendance.

“We’ve already raised millions of dollars for this year’s event, thanks to our valued customers, supplier partners and particularly our passionate team members who all took advantage of a chance to get seriously silly during this powerful campaign,” said Bourdo.

This year’s Red Nose Day campaign will culminate tonight in a live, two-hour broadcast on NBC from 9-11 p.m. Eastern time. The television special will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars in an engaging mix of comedy, live musical performances and short, compelling films shedding light on the cause. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to help kids who need it most at home and around the world. Red Nose Day, in its second year in the U.S., has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years.

Continuing through June 4, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations throughout the U.S. will continue to sell red noses for $1 each and red flair items for between $1-$5.99. Proceeds from red nose and red flair purchases benefit the Red Nose Day Fund***, which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day (rednoseday.org) is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (comicrelief.org), a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years, and in the UK has become a cultural phenomenon where people across the country come together to have fun, raise money and change lives. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015, dedicated to raising money to help children who are most in need, both in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world. Last year it benefited children and young people in all 50 states and in 15 countries internationally.

Red Nose Day returns this year on 26 May 2016. The day’s events will culminate in a two-hour live primetime TV special on NBC, featuring the biggest stars across comedy, music, TV and film. Funds raised go to the Red Nose Day Fund which distributes the money through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. Comic Relief Inc. in the US and Comic Relief UK are independent sister organizations that are joined by their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty and the mission to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.

*** Until June 4, 2016, for each Red Nose purchased Walgreens will donate $0.50; and for each Red Nose Flair item purchased (Beads, Bow Ties, Headbands, Sunglasses, Pens, Mugs, Cups and Hats) Walgreens will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund, which helps lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and overseas. For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit rednoseday.org. No portion of purchase is tax deductible.

Contact(s)

Walgreens Boots Alliance Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin, +1 847 315 2935
International / Laura Vergani, +44 (0)207 980 8585
or
Walgreens Boots Alliance Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli, +1 847 315 2922

SOURCE: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

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Walgreens VP Skip Bourdo and Christy Gibb of the Comic Relief Board of Trustees rang Nasdaq Opening Bell

Walgreens VP Skip Bourdo and Christy Gibb of the Comic Relief Board of Trustees rang Nasdaq Opening Bell

Walgreens offers additional ways for customers to show support as the nation’s largest drugstore continues to exceed its Red Nose Day fundraising goal

Campaign’s exclusive retailer hits $7million and offers additional ways for customers to contribute before Red Nose Day on May 21and the NBC televised fundraising event

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With tremendous support from customers across the country, Walgreens has exceeded its goal of raising $5 million through red nose and vendor partner product sales, as well as in-store donations in support of the nationwide fundraising campaign, Red Nose Day. With a limited amount of red noses remaining for purchase, Walgreens is offering additional ways for customers to show support as the nation’s largest drugstore continues to exceed its Red Nose Day fundraising goal.

“Our incredible partnership with the Red Nose Day campaign is one more way that Walgreens can continue to fulfill its purpose  – to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have exceeded our fundraising goal, but the real recognition is owed to our customers and team members who embraced the spirit of this cause and joined us for a good laugh along the way. We hope more people will keep this outstanding momentum going by offering support through the final hours of the campaign.”

The laughter building up to Red Nose Day on May 21 continues, and it’s still easy to get involved in this fun-filled campaign to help lift children out of poverty. Through May 30, Walgreens customers can make donations to support Red Nose Day in-store or by purchasing select products at Walgreens from vendor partners such as Mars, Kraft and Coca-Cola. They also can tune in and donate during NBC’s televised fundraising event May 21 (8-11 p.m. Eastern time).  Customers are even encouraged to get creative, flexing their DIY skills for a personal take on the red nose and take a #RedNose selfie.

Organized by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day has been celebrated in the U.K. for more than 25 years. Red Nose Day’s campaign culminates in NBC’s televised fundraising event in New York City on May 21.  The live, three-hour benefit will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars, featuring an engaging mix of great comedy, live musical performances and short, compelling films shedding light on the cause.

For more information on Red Nose Day including a complete list of the charities the Red Nose Day Fund supports, visitwww.walgreens.com/rednoseday. More information on ways to get involved is available on Walgreens Facebook,Twitter and Instagram sites.

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Media Press Kit is available here: http://walgreens.new-media-release.com/red_nose/

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,232 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day was created to raise money to help children and young people living in poverty in the United States and some of the poorest communities around the world.  The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. will be held on Thursday May 21, 2015.  The day’s events will culminate in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars. Money raised will go to the Red Nose Day Fund, a program of Comic Relief, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.  The Red Nose Day Fund will distribute the money raised by the Red Nose Day campaign to charity partners whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief, Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty.
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British designer Lulu Guinness collaborated with Sainsbury’s to create three, limited edition shoppers to celebrate Red Nose Day and raise money for Comic Relief

Internationally renowned British designer Lulu Guinness has collaborated exclusively with Sainsbury’s to create three, limited edition shoppers to celebrate Red Nose Day and raise money for Comic Relief. The Lulu Guinness bags will go on sale from 15th February 2015 exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

LONDON, 2015-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Embracing the spirit of the fundraising event and reflecting Lulu’s signature style, three bags have been specially designed for Red Nose Day with at least £1.50 going to Comic Relief. Known for her iconic bags and strikingly glamorous designs, Lulu’s inspiration for the bags came from her existing collection and the Red Nose itself. The Red Nose is of course the integral feature of each design and is complemented and emphasised by a nude and black stripe or animal print backdrop with eye, hear t and lips motifs giving a pop of colour.

Lulu Guinness said: “In aid of such an amazing cause I am delighted to be working with Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief to create a humorous Red Nose take on three of my favourite, most popular bag designs.”

The fun and stylish bags will be available in stores nationwide from 15th February 2015 exclusively through Sainsbury’s, retailing at £5 a bag with at least £1.50 going to Comic Relief.

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British designer Lulu Guinness collaborated with Sainsbury’s to create three, limited edition shoppers to celebrate Red Nose Day and raise money for Comic Relief

British designer Lulu Guinness collaborated with Sainsbury’s to create three, limited edition shoppers to celebrate Red Nose Day and raise money for Comic Relief

Fair Development Fund combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury’s experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive

Fair Development Fund by Comic Relief and Sainsbury’s is a unique partnership that combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury’s 145 years of experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive.

LONDON, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This means that farmers and workers have a better chance of building a sustainable income and brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.

£4 million has been committed since it started in 2007. The funding provides long-term economic, environmental and social support to farmers and their communities within the Sainsbury’s supply chain.

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand said: “Fair Development Fund is a great way of bringing together Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief to create a partnership that benefits thousands of famers and their communities. What’s really unique about the partnership is the valuable time and expertise offered by Sainsbury’s.  This hands-on approach really improves the fund, and extends how the farmers benefit.”

“I’ve seen first-hand what a difference our investment in farmers and small producers around the world can have. The fund not only benefits the farmers, it extends out to their families and communities which is an important factor to making a sustainable difference in our supply chain, and having a positive impact in the areas we source from.”

Richard Graham, Head of International Grants, Comic Relief, said: “Fair Development Fund is unique as it brings together the expertise of Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief, which producers really value. The producers overseas get fantastic help and support from Sainsbury’s so they better understand the demands of the market. They get Comic Relief’s extensive knowledge of funding small and medium enterprises, together with long term funding.

As a result, the Fund really helps businesses to thrive and grow, deliver real benefit to poor producers and make sure their work is environmentally sustainable.”

Malawian cotton growers

Through the Fair Development Fund £250,000 has been committed to help 7,800 cotton farmers in Malawi work towards producing sustainable Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton for our use over the next three years. The aim is that producer income will also increase by 35% over the three years through good agricultural, environmental, and social practices.

How we’ve helped:

Coffee Sustainability Project, Uganda

This joint initiative between coffee roaster Matthew Algie, ethical trading organisation Twin and the Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative will improve farming practices in Uganda for the benefit of local communities and develop top quality coffee for customers in Sainsbury’s cafes.

Tanzanian tea farmers

The Fair Development Fund has allocated £250,000 to a project in Tanzania involving 11,000 small scale tea famers. The main objectives are to rehabilitate a growing area and to provide training to the farmers on the latest good agricultural and environmental practices.

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Fair Development Fund combines Comic Relief's expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury's experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive

Fair Development Fund combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury’s experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive