Why Supplier Diversity Matters
Walgreens believes supplier diversity delivers a compelling value proposition to our company, to our patients and customers, and to the overall business climate by:
- Enhancing the customer experience by expanding the array of high quality products and services we offer to meet their needs
- Enlarging our pool of qualified suppliers
- Offering potential cost savings through increased competition
- Promoting entrepreneurship and development of diverse and small businesses
- Fostering economic vitality in the communities where we do business
To promote wider vendor participation, and thereby fortify the economic base of communities and neighborhoods throughout the country, Walgreens policy is to utilize a minimum of 8 percent certified Minority Business Enterprise and 2 percent other certified diversity classifications.
In fiscal year 2015, Walgreens documented:
- More than 1.2 billion in direct spend with small businesses
- $894.6 million in combined (Tier 1 and Tier 2 reported) spend with minority- and women-owned businesses
- $10.2 million in spending with LGBT-owned businesses
- Just over $2.7 million in spending with businesses owned by persons with disabilities
For fiscal year 2016 Walgreens is approaching $2 billion in documented combined spend.
Walgreens considers vendors and service providers on the basis of what is in the best interest of the company, as well as its patients, customers and team members—all with ethical business practices and with fairness, equality and goodwill in mind, without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or disability.
In our increasingly diverse marketplace with widely varying customer needs, supplier diversity is a vital component of our mission to be America's most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty retailer.