Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) announced today that it has been named to 3BL Media's annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking, recognizing outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency and performance among the 1,000 largest, publicly listed companies in the U.S.
"Being a good corporate citizen is central to our business. By consistently responding to social and environmental needs in an accountable way, we believe we are creating long-term value for our investors, customers, patients, employees and for society at large," said Ornella Barra, chief operating officer, international, and chair of the WBA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee. "We are proud to receive this recognition, which reflects the work of all our teams across the globe as they provide crucial healthcare access and trustworthy health information during the COVID-19 pandemic."
WBA's four CSR focus areas are supporting healthy communities through programs and campaigns to improve access to affordable, quality healthcare; protecting the planet through programs to reduce emissions and waste; ongoing efforts to increase the sustainability of its owned brand products; and treating its team members with dignity and respect. The company's annual CSR Report includes information on its sustainability initiatives and progress on ESG metrics.
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is based on 146 ESG transparency and performance factors in eight pillars: climate change, employee relations, environment, finance, governance, human rights, stakeholders and society, and ESG performance.
Using a methodology developed by 3BL Media, all Russell 1000 Index companies are researched by ISS ESG, the responsible investment research arm of Institutional Shareholder Services. There is no fee for companies to be included in 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
To compile the ranking, corporate data and information is obtained from publicly available sources only, rather than questionnaires or company submissions. Companies have the option to verify data collected for the ranking at no cost. Data and information used in the 2021 edition of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is from March 13, 2020 to March 19, 2021.
"Achieving the transformational targets in the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals in this decade requires all companies truly embed ESG issues into the core of their business," said Dave Armon, CEO of 3BL Media. "The best corporate citizens of 2021 are answering the call by demonstrating the societal and bottom-line value of leadership and transparency around ESG topics. They are setting ambitious goals, outlining robust strategies for achieving them, disclosing data to measure progress, and accounting for all stakeholders in business decisions."
Clients and third-party organizations continue to recognize WBA and its businesses around the world for ethics, climate leadership and commitment to be an employer of choice. WBA is included in the Dow Jones North America Sustainability Index; Walgreens won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 2020 Citizens Award for its Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program; and Boots UK was recognized as Responsible Business of the Year 2019-2020 by Business in the Community.
For access to the complete 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2021 ranking and methodology visit: https://100best.3blmedia.com/
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About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy, touching millions of lives every day through dispensing and distributing medicines, and through its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products. The company has more than 100 years of trusted health care heritage and innovation in community pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling.
Including equity method investments, WBA has a presence in more than 25 countries, employs more than 450,000 people and has more than 21,000 stores.
WBA's purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. The company is proud of its contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace and a sustainable marketplace. WBA is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business.
WBA is included in FORTUNE's 2021 list of the World's Most Admired Companies*. This is the 28th consecutive year that WBA or its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., has been named to the list.
More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.
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About the 100 Best Corporate Citizens Ranking
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens debuted in 1999 in Business Ethics Magazine and appeared annually in Corporate Responsibility Magazine for many years. 3BL Media has managed the ranking since 2018. To compile the ranking, each company in the Russell 1000 Index is ranked according to its transparency and performance on 146 environmental, social and governance factors.
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