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Rite Aid documents responsibility efforts

BY Dan Berthiaume

Rite Aid is highlighting efforts related to economic, environmental and social issues in its inaugural corporate social responsibility report.

The report addresses the areas of governance in corporate social responsibility, data security, environmental sustainability, supply chain sustainability, and health and wellness. The health and wellness section includes issues such as healthcare access, workplace environment, community involvement, and workplace diversity and inclusion.

Key highlights from the report include the company’s initiatives to drive energy efficiency and waste minimization, manage controlled substances, combat the opioid crisis, and eliminate undesirable chemicals from the products it sells.

The framework for the report was based on guidance from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as well as feedback from key internal and external stakeholders.

“As a retail healthcare company that operates in many communities throughout the country and engages with millions of patients and customers through our various lines of business, we believe we’re in a unique position to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our customers, associates and neighbors,” said John Standley, CEO, Rite Aid. “Now more than ever, we are dedicated to integrating sustainable environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives into our operations and expanding the scope of these initiatives.”

Rite Aid operates 2,366 retail locations in 18 states, and a full-service pharmacy benefit management company, EnvisionRxOptions. Rite Aid’s full corporate social responsibility report can be found here.

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