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Walgreens, Unilever partner on in-store donation program

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Unilever have again teamed up for an in-store program that enables consumers to help developing communities in Africa get access to clean water.

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Walgreens and Unilever in 2015 helped donate 17.5 million gallons of clean water to the rural Kenyan village of Kipsongol.

Walgreens said Wednesday that through Aug. 27, a donation will be made for customers buying select Unilever TRESemmé, Suave, Caress or AXE products at participating stores. The donation will help provide five gallons of clean water to a family in a developing community. Walgreens customers buying two or more of the designated Unilever products will help provide 15 gallons of clean water.

Via the Give H2OPE to Others program, Walgreens, Unilever and social enterprise ME to WE aim to provide the Kenyan village of Esinoni with access to clean water through the construction of a borehole, a 200-meter deep well.

“Walgreens today continues a long-standing commitment of meaningful global corporate citizenship focused on making an impact in the community, environment, workplace and marketplace,” Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, said in a statement. “Our participation in Give H2OPE to Others for a second year reflects this mission of making it easy for our customers to take part and help make a difference around the world.”

All ME to WE products come with a Track Your Impact code so Walgreens customers can track where and how their purchases have made an impact in a partner community. They can enter the UPC code on the back of the each TRESemmé, Suave, Caress or AXE product package at walgreens.com/trackyourimpact.

“At Unilever, we find brands that are integrating sustainable living into their core purpose are driving success,” stated Todd Tillemans, corporate executive vice president and president customer development at Unilever. “Moving into the second year of this partnership is further proof that small actions, like making a simple purchase, can add up to a big difference. We are proud to help provide access to clean drinking water and believe that together we can create a bright future.”

Last year, Walgreens and Unilever helped donate more than 17.5 million gallons of clean water to the rural Kenyan village of Kipsongol. The donation was made through the construction of a borehole that helped give about 2,000 community members, including more than 800 children, daily access to 31,000 gallons of clean water.


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