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Boots UK Scoops Responsible Business Award for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme

10 July 2019
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  • Boots UK wins the Responsible Business of the Year award at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards
  • One of 12 winners in UK’s most prestigious responsible business awards
  • Announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall


Boots UK was named winner of the Responsible Business of the Year Award at Business in the Community’s 2019 Annual Responsible Business Gala in London last night which was attended by nearly 1,000 business leaders and influencers.

The event was the culmination of the 2019 Responsible Business in Action campaign, run by Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network - to celebrate the innovative ways that businesses in the UK and abroad are making a sustained difference and transforming communities.

The award winning approach from Boots UK was singled out because of its CSR programme. The company has raised £16.6m for Macmillan Cancer Support and £12.5m for BBC Children in Need. Boots, working with Macmillan Cancer Support, has also increased accessibility of trusted information and support for people living with cancer through Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists and Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisers. Over 25,000 Boots UK colleagues are Dementia Friends, supporting people living with the condition and the company has helped over 10,000 young people with workplace readiness through a partnership with WE. In addition, Boots has continued to make investment in Nottingham, where it has been based for 170 years, taking the lead in local community and economic initiatives.

Sebastian James, Senior Vice President and President and Managing Director Boots UK, said: “We are thrilled that we have won the Responsible Business of the Year Award. For 170 years, responsibility for the communities in which we work has flowed through our thoughts and actions, and this award is testament to the work that all our brilliant people do right across the UK”.

Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive at Business in the Community, said: “Huge congratulations to Boots UK on the success in this year’s Responsible Business Awards. They have shown determination and ambition to keep pushing the responsible business agenda through real, tangible action.  
“All our award winners understand that the only way to bring about change is to actually do something about it. Boots UK is putting responsible business practices at the core of its organisation and is helping our mission to make the UK the world leader at responsible business.”

The Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best in responsible business, and aim to inspire and enlighten the world with the innovative business stories that are at the heart of every community, and to highlight the untold stories of businesses that are driving positive changes in their operations both nationally, and internationally.

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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023