Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Deerfield, United States
Brands and Associated Companies:
Walgreens, Boots, Pharmaceutical Wholesale, drugstore.com

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Walgreens Boots Alliance (Walgreens) appears to have very limited engagement with climate change policy. The company has made one top-line statement supporting climate action but has shown no engagement on specific climate policies or the transition of the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Walgreens has offered limited top-line support for climate action. In 2020, it signed a joint declaration initiated by the British Retailer Consortium advocating for collective action to decarbonize the retail industry and to reach a net-zero economy ahead of the UK Government’s 2050 target. In its ESG Report 2021, the company reported that one of its subsidiaries had engaged with the EU Green Deal, though the nature of that engagement remains unclear. In the United States, Walgreens reported engagement on the tax provisions of the US Build Back Better Act in its Q3 and Q4 2021 federal lobbying disclosure, but did not report engagement on the climate provisions of the bill.

Engagement with Climate-related Regulations: Walgreens appears to have very limited engagement with specific climate-related policies. In its CDP responses submitted between 2015 and 2021, the company disclosed that it has engaged policymakers both directly and via trade associations on energy efficiency standards, but did not provide details on the specific regulations it engaged with. InfluenceMap has not found evidence of the company’s positions on other climate policy areas.

Positioning on Energy Transition: InfluenceMap did not find evidence of Walgreens’ position on, or engagement with, policy related to the transition of the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: Walgreens has limited transparency around its industry associations. Between 2016 and 2021, it has provided annual disclosures of trade associations to which it contributes annual dues exceeding $50,000, without further information on the associations’ climate policy positions. The company is a member of the Business Roundtable, which lobbies with mixed positions on US climate policy.

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In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.