Randy Lewis and his team may have planted the seed to help create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities, but he and his team quickly learned they had a long way to go. Because Walgreens was exploring something completely new, it had to start from the ground up with designing new system applications for its newest distribution center. Training for employees and managers would also be unlike anything the company tackled in the past. Recognizing this is a business, Lewis knew people with disabilities had to be held to the same work standards for the same pay as typically-abled team members.
After working with some of the best in the field for technology and training, Walgreens designed a plan that could be rolled out at its next generation of distribution centers and implemented at other DCs across the chain.
Now, Walgreens is working toward its new goal to fill more than 20 percent of its workforce with people with disabilities. We're proving that with the right mix of creativity and compassion, everyone can succeed.
Diversity is a part of everything at Walgreens. Read how the company is recruiting, retaining and developing talent to strengthen its inclusive workforce.