Our CSR activities

Alliance Healthcare's business is dedicated to serving and supporting every community in the UK and that extends to helping those communities lead healthier, happier lives. 

Focused on activities that make a positive difference in the community and across the wider planet our corporate social responsibility (CSR) charter operates under four key pillars: community, workplace, marketplace and environment. These areas support the Walgreens Boots Alliance CSR commitments.

  

Community

Helping the fight against cancer! 

Since 2012, we've raised and donated over £900,000 for the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Cancer Research Fund. Through the dedication of our employees and generous support from our customers, suppliers and partners our events, such as the The Alliance Healthcare Championship, raise vital funds to help fight cancer. 

There's more

Our teams have also taken part in challenges such as a Kayak Challenge, Triathlon, London-Paris Velodrome cycle, and individual Marathon events to raise funds for cancer charities such as CLIC Sargent, Breast Cancer Care, Prostate Cancer UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Action Medical Research.

Helping to eliminate child malnutrition

In 2019, we announced our partnership with Vitamin Angels and together will help children around the world and here in the UK with life-changing vitamins and minerals to combat malnutrition. Find out more details on our partnership here, or watch the viedo by clicking here!

International aid

Over the past 13 years Alliance Healthcare has provided medical supplies for disaster relief and refugee camps through International Health Partners (IHP), Europe's largest coordinator of donated medicines. In 2018 Alliance Healthcare UK and Alloga UK donated more than £44,000 in cash and medical supplies to IHP*. Our products are used to create Essential Health Packs including antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatories and anti-fungals all cricital in front line care.

*Fiscal year 2018 based on cash value

Workplace

Alliance Healthcare is dedicated to providing a healthy, happy work environment built on dignity and respect for all its employees and supporting individuals personal health and wellbeing.

Employee health and wellbeing

Through our partnership with Lifeworks – the employee assistance programme providing 24/7 counselling and support - we are committed to proactively supporting the to personal health and wellbeing of our employees.

Diversity and inclusion

Our vision is to create a culture where diversity and inclusion are at the centre of everything we do and where we value the differences that a diverse workforce brings in powering greater collaboration and innovation. As an equal opportunities employer we are on a mission to attract, develop and engage employees who reflect the diverse customers, patients and communities we serve, and to foster an inclusive culture where everyone feels respected, valued and engaged in driving superior business performance. Our Equality and Wellbeing Committee are helping to shape the future of our business.

In March 2019, we published our second Gender Pay Gap Report (2018) - another positive step forward in our drive to reduce inequalitieis in the workplace.

Read our Gender Pay Gap Report (2017).

Health and safety

We continuously improve our robust approach to health and safety, actively caring for our colleagues and customers, throughout the Company.

Investors in People

Alliance Healthcare is proud to be accredited Investors in People since 2007 and we continue to build our credentials. We now have three parts of our business with Investors in People accreditation:

Alloga: one of the UK's leading pre-wholesale and contract logistics companies achieved Investors in People Gold in June 2017

Skills in Healthcare: the contract sales arm of Alliance Healthcare achieved Platinum status in June 2019 and

Central Operations team: awarded Investors in People ‘Standard' accreditation in May 2019.

Marketplace

Doing the right thing

We aim to do business fairly and with integrity and support the Company Marketplace activities.

We adhere to the Walgreens Boots Alliance 2018 modern slavery and human trafficking statement, found here.

Supporting the healthcare industry

We're continuing our support for Public Health England (PHE) by delivering its campaign materials and toolkits to pharmacists in England.

We're dedicated to supporting the future of the pharmacy industry by partnering with the British Pharmaceutical Students Association (BPSA) to support the annual BPSA Conference and Future of Pharmacy competition.

In 2016, Mike Smith, Alliance Healthcare non-executive advisor was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the BPSA and continues to support the organisation with regular presentations at universities across the UK.

Environment

We're protecting the environment for future generations.

From our fleet of 1,100 vehicles to the printers in our offices we're finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

Across our fleet we've fitted Lightfoot – an in-cab technology systems and rewards platform that encourages and enables drivers to adopt a smoother driving style, which helps reduce risks, increase fuel efficiency and lower harmful emissions.

Since June 2017, we've saved 878,872 pages of paper by putting price lists online and reducing the number of letters we send.

We have contracts to purchase electricity generated from renewable origins. All electricity that we purchase directly through the utility grid is certified as renewable.