Walgreens Boots Alliance’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Honored

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The United Nations Foundation’s 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner will tonight honor Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through its support for wellbeing around the world. The award recognizes, in part, the accomplishments of Walgreens highly successful Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® initiative, which provides life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Co-Chief Operating Officer Ornella Barra will accept the Global Leadership Award on behalf of the company.

“I am deeply honored to accept the Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation on behalf of all of my dedicated colleagues and the customers who make the program possible,” commented Barra. “While much work remains, we are very proud of the progress we have made, in partnership with our customers and the UN Foundation, to ensure that millions of children are immunized against diseases that could cost them their lives. Walgreens Boots Alliance is committed to helping people around the world lead happier, healthier lives and this program is an important part of our mission.”

“The world has set ambitious goals to improve lives and livelihoods around the world, including by achieving health and well-being for everyone by the year 2030,” said UN Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Calvin. “Walgreens Boots Alliance has raised the bar through its strong commitment to the world’s most vulnerable citizens, who are often protected from a lifetime of deadly or debilitating diseases, including children who benefit from the Get A Shot. Give A Shot. campaign.”

One in five children worldwide lacks access to life-saving immunizations, and a child in a developing country dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. Get a Shot. Give a Shot. donates a polio or measles vaccine to a child in need for every immunization administered at a Walgreens, Duane Reade or Healthcare Clinic location in the United States. The program has helped to provide more than 15 million vaccinations to countries such as Tanzania, East Timor and Chad since 2013.

Get a Shot. Give a Shot. is one of a range of programs that Walgreens Boots Alliance champions to improve health and wellbeing around the world. This month, through a partnership with Vitamin Angels, Walgreens reached its goal set two years ago of helping to provide 100 million children and mothers in at-risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals to help combat malnutrition.

Through a partnership with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, the company has funded a pan-European biobank for colorectal cancer to find new ways to treat this deadly disease. In addition, as the exclusive retailer of Red Nose Day in the United States, Walgreens has helped raise more than $31 million to benefit children’s health through Comic Relief USA. A partnership between Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support helps provide access to the best cancer information for patients and caregivers across the UK.

For more information on Get a Shot. Give a Shot. visit www.walgreens.com/getashot. Additional information on the Vitamin Angels program is available at www.walgreens.com/vitaminangels.

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. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* 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 United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org.

Contacts:

For Walgreens Boots Alliance
USA
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International
Laura Vergani
+44 (0)20 7980 8585

For Finsbury
USA
Stephen Labaton and Paul Holmes
+1 (646) 805 2029

International
James Murgatroyd and Anjali Unnikrishnan
+44 (0)20 7251 3801

For the United Nations Foundation
Andrea Risotto
+1 202 862 6319

Source:  Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance announces changes to its senior management roles and responsibilities

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance today announced changes to its senior management roles and responsibilities as part of the next phase of evolution. This follows the successful integration of Walgreens and Alliance Boots to create Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA).

In order to provide even greater focus and collaboration and further streamline the management of the Company’s global operations, Alex Gourlay, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Walgreens, and Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale and International Retail, have been appointed to the role of Co-Chief Operating Officers.

In his new role, Gourlay will oversee Walgreens and Boots. In addition to her current responsibilities, Barra will supervise Global Brands, Human Resources and other business services. As a result, Ken Murphy, who becomes Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and Chief Commercial Officer and President of Global Brands, and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer, will report to her.

Separately, Simon Roberts, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Boots, has decided at this time to pursue new opportunities and will leave the Company in July 2016. Elizabeth Fagan, currently Senior Vice President and MD International Retail, is appointed as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots.

“As we continue to work together to find simpler and more effective ways to manage our Company, I believe this is the right structure at the right time,” said Jim Skinner, Walgreens Boots Alliance Executive Chairman. “The changes announced today will allow us to further enhance operating performance, while developing our Company for the longer term. I want to congratulate Ornella and Alex on their extended responsibilities. We are very fortunate to have these two world-class corporate executives working together in a senior management team that is very well positioned to guide our businesses across the world through the changing landscape of healthcare.”

Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Alex and Ornella will be instrumental in driving the operations of our Company in the next phase of its evolution now that our businesses have come successfully together after 18 months of integration. With the two Co-Chief Operating Officers overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Company and the continued support of George Fairweather (Executive Vice President and Global Chief Financial Officer), Marco Pagni (Executive Vice President, Global Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel) and the other leaders, I will be able to further focus on driving the growth strategy and development of Walgreens Boots Alliance.” Pessina added: “I would like to warmly thank Simon for his outstanding contribution and for the key role he played at Boots during the past 13 years of his career. We wish him the very best for the future. I also want to congratulate Elizabeth on her new position, where I am sure she will make a strong contribution.”

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

Contact(s)

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

Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation joins forces with Walgreens Boots Alliance to help fight cancer; donates €1 million to EORTC Research Fund

Brussels, Belgium, 2015-8-7— /EPR Retail News/ — The Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation has pledged €1 million to the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Research Fund to help fight cancer, particularly breast cancer. Part of the donation will support the SPECTAcolor Biobank, a tumour tissue sample Biobank and biomarker analysis platform for genetic profiling of patients suffering from advanced cancer. In supporting this Biobank, the Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation will join forces with Walgreens Boots Alliance, which has a long-term partnership with the EORTC Cancer Research Fund.

The aims of the EORTC are to develop, conduct, coordinate, and stimulate translational and clinical research in Europe to improve the management of cancer and related problems by increasing survival but also patient quality of life. Among its initiatives is a breast cancer group whose goal is to carry out high quality international clinical trials.

Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale and International Retail, who oversees corporate responsibility at the Company, commented: “We warmly thank the Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation for its kind donation, which will greatly help support the Biobank in its efforts to prolong and save lives of colorectal cancer patients. Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of what we do at Walgreens Boots Alliance and we are committed to making a positive and lasting difference to the wellbeing of the communities we serve.”

“We are making powerful inroads in the fight against breast, colon and other cancers,” said Mireille Gillings, Ph.D., trustee of the Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation. “This donation will continue to build momentum as we strive to develop cancer cures within a generation.”

“Warmest thanks to Mireille and Dennis for this generous donation, and for their visionary philanthropy,” said Denis Lacombe, Director General of the EORTC. “This donation will significantly advance the Biobank, which has the ultimate goal of enabling better access to new treatment options.”

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Notes to Editors:

About the EORTC
The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) brings together European cancer clinical research experts from all disciplines for trans-national collaboration.  Both multinational and multidisciplinary, the EORTC Network comprises more than 2,500 collaborators from all disciplines involved in cancer treatment and research in more than 300 hospitals in over 30 countries.

Through translational and clinical research, the EORTC offers an integrated approach to drug development, drug evaluation programs and medical practices.  EORTC Headquarters, a unique pan European clinical research infrastructure, is based in Brussels, Belgium, from where its various activities are coordinated and run.

The EORTC Cancer Research Fund was established as an international association with the specific aim of obtaining funds for the support of the activities of the EORTC.
www.eortc.org.

About The Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation
The Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation was created with the mission of accelerating progress in global public health. Through the Foundation, Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, and Mireille Gillings, Ph.D., support various projects, including global public health fellowships and research involving cancer, precision medicine and thrombosis.

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

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.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,200* 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.

Its 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 and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 May 2015 including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 May 2015 including equity method investments

 

Media Relations Contact
International / Laura Vergani – Julie Longton +44 (0)207 980 8585

Walgreens Boots Alliance sponsors the USA Pavilion at the upcoming Expo Milano 2015 under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”

Deerfield, IL, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance will be a key sponsor of the USA Pavilion at the upcoming world’s fair in Milan, which will take place from 1 May to 31 October 2015. Under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, Expo Milano 2015 will look at how countries generate healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone in the decades to come, while respecting the planet and its environment.

The USA Pavilion will showcase American innovation in the food sector and across many other aspects of culture, science and business where the U.S. has significant expertise. The USA Pavilion, themed “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” is designed to showcase America’s role in the future of food around the world and create a global conversation about the challenge of feeding more than nine billion people nutritiously and sustainably by 2050.

Ambassador Douglas T. Hickey, Commissioner General of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 marked the announcement by saying, “The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 will show how feeding ourselves engages a massive infrastructure and dynamic systems that touch on just about every aspect of the world we live in. Each step from farm to table reflects a set of connections that impact our identities and shape our future, and we are pleased to partner with Walgreen Boots Alliance as a successful enterprise dedicated to improving people’s lives.”

As well as sponsoring the USA Pavilion, Walgreens Boots Alliance will have a space designated to Walgreens and Boots which will showcase the company’s retail, service and product offerings.

Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale & International Retail, who oversees the project, comments:  “Less than four months after the formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance, our sponsorship of the USA Pavilion is a unique opportunity to highlight our commitment to help people lead healthier and happier lives.  In addition, this major event will enable us to showcase the corporate brand of our new enterprise to international audiences and millions of visitors from across Europe, the Americas, Asia and rest of the world.”

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About Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015
The U.S. Department of State has selected the Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015 as its private sector partner to work with the U.S. government to develop and implement an official American presence at the Expo. Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a collaboration between the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and the International Culinary Center (ICC), in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, whose mission is to conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015.

Current partners include GE, NUSSLI, Brand USA, FCA US, CNH Industrial, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Uvet, Walgreens Boots Alliance, DHL, DuPont, Boeing, Brooks Brothers, illy, Bank of America, EMC, 3M, Research Frontiers, Dow, Uber, McKinsey & Company, FleishmanHillard, Geox, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, U.S. Sustainability Alliance, American Hardwood Export Council, Food Export Association of the Midwest USA, Food Export USA-Northeast, North American Export Grain Association, USA Poultry & Egg Commission, USA Rice Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council, U.S. Grains Council, and U.S. Soybean Export Council.

With the leadership of Commissioner General Doug Hickey and under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, the Friends organization is overseeing every aspect of the project in consultation with a team of experts across the science, business, technology, agriculture, sustainability, design and other fields. The pavilion’s management and programming is directed by President Dorothy Hamilton (founder and CEO of ICC), Chief Executive Officer Charlie Faas, and Chief Creative Officer Mitchell Davis (EVP of JBF). Under their supervision, the USA Pavilion was designed by Biber Architects and the exhibitions were designed by Thinc Design.

About Expo Milano 2015
Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from 1 May 2015 to 31 October 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.

A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo Milano 2015 will give attendees the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries.

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

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.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution network 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 the world’s largest purchaser of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its 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 and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 28 February 2015 including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 28 February 2015 including equity method investments

Alliance Boots publishes its Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2013/14 for the year ended 31 March 2014

Nottingham, 2014-9-22— /EPR Retail News/ — Alliance Boots today has published its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report 2013/14 for the year ended 31 March 2014.

The Group’s expanding global footprint provides opportunities to further its contribution towards a sustainable future. Working within the healthcare industry, Alliance Boots is in a privileged position to help improve the healthcare available to communities around the world by providing medicines, quality products and services, as well as expert advice to people every day.

CSR forms an integral part of Alliance Boots commercial philosophy and is at the heart of its efforts to serve communities with care and commitment. The Group recognises the importance of working in partnership and championing worthwhile causes, such as the fight against cancer. During the year, it has continued to support charitable partnerships, including the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Charitable Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK, through a wide variety of fundraising activities and volunteering initiatives.

Alliance Boots understands the value that can be created through collaboration between academia and industry, and continues to work with highly regarded academic institutions. Such collaborations help to better inform its business activities, as well as generate benefits within the health and beauty industry for customers and patients.

Ornella Barra, Chairman of the social responsibilities committee, Alliance Boots, comments: “With an increasing presence across many communities around the world, we continue to recognise the importance of ensuring that our business practices are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable across the Group. Working in close partnership with our many stakeholders and inspiring our teams within the field of CSR has enabled us to succeed in becoming a leader within the responsibility agenda.”

As in previous years, this report includes an independent assurance report on the Group’s 2013/14 CSR data, issued by KPMG, which reinforces its established processes and procedures in relation to data capture and accuracy.

The report can be accessed online here: Alliance Boots CSR Report 2013/14

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Notes to editors:

About Alliance Boots
Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core business activities of: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution, while increasingly developing and internationalising our product brands.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 27* countries and employs over 120,000* people. We have pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in 11* countries and operate more than 4,600* health and beauty retail stores, of which more than 4,450* have a pharmacy, with a fast growing online presence. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 600* optical practices, of which around 180* operate on a franchise basis, and hearingcare services in around 430* locations. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses deliver over 4.5* billion units each year to more than 180,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 20* countries.

In June 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it had entered into a strategic partnership with Walgreen Co. (Walgreens), the largest drugstore chain in the US. In August 2014, Alliance Boots and Walgreens communicated that they plan to merge in the first quarter of calendar 2015 to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, which will be named Walgreens Boots Alliance.

* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2014, with the addition of Farmacias Ahumada data at the date of its acquisition on 11 August 2014, and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Media relations:

Laura Vergani/Katie Johnson, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8585
Claire Scicluna, RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801

Investor relations:

Gerald Gradwell, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8527 (UK)/+1 646 688 1336 (US)