AmerisourceBergen Releases Annual Corporate Citizenship Report, Highlights Top Activities Aimed at Creating Healthier Futures in 2018

May 9, 2019 13:00 UTC

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AmerisourceBergen, a global healthcare solutions leader, released its Corporate Citizenship Report: 2018 Year in Review detailing how the company continues to advance sustainable practices and community investment to create healthier futures around the world. The Report focuses on four core areas: opioid abuse mitigation efforts, engaged associates, sustainable operations and healthy communities. Selected information within the 2018 Report has been assured by ERM Certification and Verification Services.

“Corporate citizenship isn’t an obligation we have—it’s a promise we keep. We continue to intensify our efforts and participation in the communities where we live and work to build healthier futures, which is our purpose as a company,” said Steven H. Collis, Chairman, President & CEO of AmerisourceBergen. “Our annual Corporate Citizenship Report is a tangible example of our purpose in action and our 21,000 global associates were a driving force behind the impressive results highlighted in this year’s report. Our corporate citizenship work extends to our relationships with provider customers and suppliers, and we’re proud and grateful to have partners that share our vision.”

Highlights from AmerisourceBergen’s Corporate Citizenship Report: 2018 Year in Review include:

  • Opioid Abuse Mitigation Efforts:
    • Committed to Solutions: AmerisourceBergen and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, the not-for-profit charitable giving arm of AmerisourceBergen, focused on supporting programs and organizations that provide access to safe disposal of controlled substances, prevention education and innovative solutions to mitigating the crisis. Notable efforts in this area include:
      • The Foundation donated nearly 900,000 drug deactivation resources to 140 organizations across 44 states in the U.S.
      • The Foundation identified and developed comprehensive opioid misuse and abuse initiatives, including an Opioid Resource Grant Program and the Safe Disposal Support Program
      • AmerisourceBergen continued its longstanding procedure of providing daily reports directly to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about the quantity, type and receiving pharmacy of every order of controlled substances the company distributes
      • AmerisourceBergen was active on Capitol Hill to enact legislation to support a better communications process between drug distributors and the DEA
  • Engaged Associates:
    • Fostering Talent: More than 4,000 associates participated in AmerisourceBergen University Leadership Development online courses this past year, and nearly 1,500 were trained in leadership development in a classroom setting. To further enhance talent development, tuition assistance was provided to those eligible and nearly 800 associates benefited from this program
    • Diversity & Inclusion: AmerisourceBergen reported 55 percent of associates are women and 30 percent of its Board of Directors are women. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation awarded AmerisourceBergen a perfect score of 100 percent on its Corporate Equality Index and the company was listed as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. DiversityInc also named AmerisourceBergen as a Noteworthy Company. AmerisourceBergen was designated a Top Work Place in greater Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Tampa Bay
  • Healthy Communities:
    • Giving: AmerisourceBergen companies provided more than $4 million in over-the-counter product donations, nearly doubling the prior year’s donation amount. Internally, approximately 2,000 associates supported nearly 60 of their peers through the Associate Assistance Fund, a program funded by associates who opt in and contribute between $1 to $10 per paycheck. $85,000 in total funding was provided to associates by associates
    • Volunteerism: Guided by site-based volunteer coordinators and an annual paid Volunteer Time Off policy of up to eight hours per year, more than 3,000 AmerisourceBergen associates in the U.S. and Canada volunteered in their local communities
    • Foundation: The AmerisourceBergen Foundation honed core focus areas: opioid misuse, human health and animal health. Global impact included 40+ organizations assisted worldwide and nearly $5MM in donations in grants to support local communities
  • Sustainable Operations:
    • Technology & Innovation: The company opened several locations utilizing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Lash Group’s Kingsley Park I building in Fort Mill, South Carolina was the runner-up for a Sustainable Business Award in the Carolinas. In addition, across businesses, AmerisourceBergen continues to optimize packaging and ensure resource minimization
    • Renewable Energy: AmerisourceBergen opened its Phoenix Distribution Center with on-site solar power that will generate more than half the energy needs for the location and provide significant cost savings
    • Sustainable Food Production: MWI Animal Health’s products, technologies and services help feed a growing, hungry world, and the company is collaborating to help caretakers raise wholesome food products

In addition to external assurance and verification, the Report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option. The activities defined within the report are well-aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), created for collaborative action to ensure the health and prosperity of the planet and its people.

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services and business solutions that improve access to care. Tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers trust us as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Global manufacturers depend on us for services that drive commercial success for their products. Through our daily work — and powered by our 21,000 associates — we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #12 on the Fortune 500, with more than $160 billion in annual revenue. The company is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa. and has a presence in 50+ countries. Learn more at


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