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  • COVID-19

    Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to provide a safe, pleasant and open office environment, in order to welcome some of our colleagues back to our Support Office in Nottingham. The safety of our colleagues is our top priority so we have implemented a range of safety measures and guidance to accommodate enhanced hygiene and social distancing, including; rearranging desk spaces, installation of santizing stations, changes to meeting room capacity and increased cleaning throughout the building. Thank you to all of the teams involved in making our offices safe and to our colleagues for their continued support during these challenging times.

  • This week The Hygiene Bank is launching National Hygiene Week to help raise awareness that hygiene poverty is real for many of the 14 million living in poverty in the UK. Charlotte is our Assistant Marketing Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability at Boots and looks after our partnership with The Hygiene Bank. Click here to read her blog about how she's been able to make an impact in her role in tackling hygiene poverty:

  • Over the weekend it was #InternationalDayofCharity so did you know that at Boots we have our own registered charity called the Boots Benevolent Fund? The fund supports eligible current and former Boots colleagues in the UK, and their families, who are experiencing financial hardship. Our amazing current and former colleagues support the Fund through donations and fundraising activities throughout the year, including our annual Benny Week event. Find out more about the Boots Benevolent Fund here:

  • Recently we opened our new store at Bicester Shopping Park. Fiona Holland-Berry, Store Manager, said: ?Bicester has always been a popular shopping destination for people across the country, so we are very excited to welcome customers into our new Bicester Shopping Park store, which offers a great selection of beauty, health and wellness products and services. The new store has created 15 new and permanent jobs, so not only are we looking after the health and wellbeing of the local community, but we are also having a positive impact on the local economy. Read more here:

  • For over 170 years we have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to operating as a responsible business. We will always champion diversity, and we will always take a zero-tolerance approach to racism and prejudice. Now more than ever, it is our responsibility to hold true to this commitment. We must stand up, take action, and demand change when we see injustice. There is always room to do better - and we will. We have listened to our Black, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues and customers. As a force for good, we are using these insights to develop an action plan that will help us enforce permanent changes within our organisation. We are holding ourselves and each other accountable for change, and these three commitments are just the beginning. Find out more:

  • On Tuesday, 28 July, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited Boots on Piccadilly Circus to hear about the Safe Spaces initiative, and our support of the charity Hestia and its UK SAYS NO MORE campaign. With one in four women and one in six men experiencing domestic abuse in the UK, and that number estimated to have been much higher during lockdown, we have been using our pharmacy consultation rooms in 2,400 stores across the UK as ?Safe Spaces? where victims can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice. You can read more about the visit and our support of Hestia and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre Wash Bags Initiative here:

  • For Pride Month this June, our WBA Pride Alliance group created lots of great content to share with our colleagues to celebrate progress and raise awareness of issues facing the LGBT+ community. The group held virtual Global Coming Out Panels where LGBT+ colleagues and allies from across Walgreens Boots Alliance were invited to talk about their experiences of coming out in both their personal and working lives. You can see highlights from the Coming Out Panel here:

  • With tens of thousands of people starting treatment for cancer while the country has been on lockdown, and many others having their treatment paused or delayed, access to remote, trusted cancer healthcare advice has never been more important. So we're delighted to be able to offer continued support from our Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists with a free, online service, created in partnership with digital healthcare provider Livi and Macmillan Cancer Support, for those who are shielding, or would prefer to stay at home. Read more here:

  • It has been 1 year since we switched from plastic bags to brown paper bags, removing over 900 tonnes of plastic from our store operations each year! The bags are made from unbleached, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified recycled brown paper, which is printed with water-based inks so the bags can be easily recycled at home. Find out more about what we're doing to reduce our impact on the environment:

  • Over the last couple of weeks we have virtually opened our doors to Nottingham Trent University students as part of the Grads4Nottm scheme. Now in its sixth year, the programme raises awareness of the wide range of employment opportunities open to graduates in the region. The four students were set challenges to complete based on real-world examples, as well as providing a snapshot into what it’s like to work for Boots UK. Read more here -

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