As the company released its first global diversity and inclusion report, Walgreens Boots Alliance detailed recent efforts aimed at addressing health care disparity in underserved communities.
The report, “All Together. Different,” details the company’s efforts over the past two year to further embed diversity and inclusion practices across its global operations. The report highlights programs in operation across the company’s businesses, WBA’s global perspective on diversity and progress on key initiatives.
The company has implemented a leadership accountability program covering diversity and inclusion initiatives focused on increasing representation of people of color and women within leadership levels, one that includes presenting diverse interview slates for open leadership positions. Targets for fiscal 2021, which started September 1, are a 3% increase of women in leadership across WBA, and a 2% increase of people of color in leadership at Retail Pharmacy USA, WBA’s U.S. division, which includes Walgreens.
The company’s board recently adopted amended corporate governance guidelines for new director searches that include actively seeking women and individuals from minority groups as potential nominees.
Other efforts also include increasing diversity across pharmacy positions; unconscious bias training across the global workforce; commitment to hiring people with disabilities; expanding the diverse supplier network; and addressing health care needs of diverse communities.
“A diverse and inclusive organization is a top priority for our business, and we are proud to embrace and support the many cultures, backgrounds and experiences of our customers, patients and employees across the globe,” said Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO, WBA. “Diversity and inclusion are core to our purpose of helping people live healthier, happier lives.”