Walgreens Earns Top Marks in 2015 Corporate Equality Index

Walgreens Earns 100 percent Score for the 11th
Year on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 14th Annual Scorecard on LGBT
Workplace Equality

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walgreens received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate
Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on
corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality,
administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This marks the
11th year Walgreens has earned a perfect score from the CEI index.

“As a company that aims to champion everyone’s right to be happy and
healthy, we understand that this also includes fostering the growth and
development of all employees, regardless of individual differences,”
said Stevens Sainte-Rose, chief human resources officer of Walgreens.
“It is an honor to be acknowledged once again by the Human Rights
Campaign for our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Thank you to
our team, especially our WPride and Allies business resource group, for
continuing to evolve policies and practices for more than a decade to
help ensure a welcoming workplace for all.”

The 2016 CEI rated 851 businesses in the report, which evaluates
LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination
workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive
health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the
LGBT community. Walgreens efforts satisfied all of the CEI’s criteria
resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place
to Work for LGBT Equality. Fortune 500 companies that participated in
the survey had an average rating of 88. Walgreens joins the ranks of 407
major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year. For more
information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free
copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights
organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end
discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves
fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com),
the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy
USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first
global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8
million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across
America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer
goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and
wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a
presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the
U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com,
drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens
also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice
locations around the country.


Emily Hartwig, 847-315-3316