Walgreens Boots Alliance

Deerfield, Illinois
Food and Staples Retailing, Health Care Equipment and Services

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Walgreens) scored a 95 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Walgreens increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Walgreens forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Walgreens provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. For these reasons, Walgreens receives a High Risk rating. Note: Walgreens will dispense the abortion drug mifepristone at some of its pharmacies. However, Walgreens has stated that it will not offer the pill in states with anti-abortion laws, despite Democratic pressure to do so.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance

Rosalind G. Brewer

Rosalind G. Brewer

Summary:

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Walgreens Boots Alliance is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Food and Staples Retailing industry. Rosalind G. Brewer and Stefano Pessina serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $51,020 to Republican causes and $2,017,045 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Walgreens Boots Alliance currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$51,020

$2,017,045

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
1/25/24SocialJohn CheveddenLiving Wage PolicyAgainst9.45%
1/25/24SocialPresbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Report on Risks of Reproductive Healthcare LegislationAgainst7.72%
1/26/23GovernanceKenneth SteinerIndependent Board ChairAgainst33.84%
1/25/24GovernanceKenneth SteinerRequesting an Independent Board ChairmanAgainst31.46%
1/25/24GovernanceNational Center for Public Policy ResearchEEO Policy Risk ReportAgainst1.36%
1/25/24EnvironmentalThe Sisters of St. Francis of PhiladelphiaReport on Cigarette WasteAgainst5.97%
1/26/23GovernanceKenneth SteinerIndependent Board ChairAgainst33.84%
1/26/23SocialSisters of St. Francis of PhiladelphiaReport on Public Health Costs from Sale of Tobacco ProductsAgainst10.24%
1/27/22GovernanceJohn CheveddenSpecial Meetings - Reduce Ownership Req. to 10%Against30.60%
1/27/22SocialSisters of St. FrancisReport on Public Health Costs Due to Tobacco Product Sales and the Impact on Overall MarketAgainst11.26%
1/27/22GovernanceNational Center for Public Policy ResearchConversion to Public Benefit CorporationAgainst2.48%
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