At Ecova, the work we do every day is fueled by a desire to help our clients achieve powerful results. We’re constantly striving to provide each organization we serve with a solution that responds to their unique business needs and yields the maximum value. And when our partnership with one of these clients is truly collaborative, and Ecova’s services integrate seamlessly into the client’s own systems, we have the opportunity to drive positive change in the world around us.
This May, I was reminded of just how special these partnerships are when I was invited by Walgreens to participate in their annual leadership conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Attended by more than 1,500 Walgreens’ team members, the conference focused on Walgreens’ corporate social responsibility initiative, Walgreens Boots Alliance, which sets and tracks goals around four distinct pillars: Community, Environment, Marketplace and Workplace. Each pillar was addressed in a different section of the event, with Walgreens’ strategic partners joining them to discuss their approach to achieving annual goals. Throughout the conference, I was blown away by how many unique efforts Walgreens is currently involved in and how much progress they’ve already made—testament to the absolute responsibility they feel to engage in and promote a healthier world.
I was honored to appear alongside Monica Ferrer, Senior Manager of Energy at Walgreens, as part of the Environment session. Ecova works with Walgreens to audit and process their energy bills. Throughout our relationship with Walgreens, we’ve helped them identify more than $10 million dollars in cost avoidance and savings opportunities—for example, using data from the Ecova Platform and on-site audits to increase facility efficiency and better track progress towards the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. We also negotiate with utilities on their behalf, leveraging our industry insight to lower their energy spend. Over the course of our presentation, two things really stood out for me: 1) how strong Walgreens’ trust in Ecova’s data and insight continues to be, and 2) how tangible and relatable our work is for Walgreens’ employees. District managers were able to clearly see the benefit of our services, and how we free up their time and energy by taking care of operational aspects they don’t always see or think about. I was also impressed by Walgreens’ sustainability efforts, which have resulted in a nine percent reduction in energy usage intensity over the past six years!
“Ecova always seeks to serve as trusted advisors to our clients, but it’s very special to find a client that truly approaches their relationship with us in that way. Our work is often behind-the-scenes, so to get that kind of public recognition and acknowledgement from the people who are benefiting from our services? That’s when we know we’re doing our job.” – Paige Kindell Janson, VP, Client Management
Walgreens’ commitment to serving the community is also exemplified by their Red Nose Day initiative, a frequent topic of conversation at the conference. Now in its third consecutive year, Walgreens serves as the event’s exclusive retailer—participating in celebratory events and fundraisers, including the sale of $1 red noses. Profits go to charitable organizations that ensure low-income children are safe, healthy, educated and empowered. Since 2015, Red Nose Day has raised more than $60 million to help end childhood poverty! Yesterday, Ecova’s leadership team participated in Red Nose Day by going #NosesOn. Join us to help end childhood poverty! Pick up your red nose at a Walgreens near you any time between May 25th and June 3rd. Visit the Walgreens website to find even more ways to participate in Red Nose Day.
The Walgreens leadership conference was a stunning reminder that Walgreens, like Ecova, is genuinely dedicated to making the world a better place. I’m honored that they continue to partner with us on efforts that benefit their employees, communities and the environment—and can’t wait to see how their positive impact deepens in the years to come.
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