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McKesson to Celebrate Green Week, April 21 - 25

McKesson Corporation today announced that in observance of Earth Day, McKesson will celebrate its fourth annual Green Week April 21-25. McKesson’s Green Week will focus on raising awareness and inspiring action. While informing employees about McKesson’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, the campaign will also provide easy ways that employees can make a difference. Each day of McKesson’s Green Week 2014 is organized around a theme, such as Meat Free Monday or Fossil Free Friday.

According to Carrie Varoquiers, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, “McKesson aims to create better health for our customers, our employees, our communities and our planet. Engaging our employees in environmental efforts only strengthens our commitment to maintaining a healthy, vibrant and sustainable company.”

McKesson will also encourage participation in an online pledge prompting all its employees to think about how they might change their habits and celebrate Earth Day every day. McKesson will be donating one tree to the National Forest Foundation for each employee who submits their pledge.

McKesson’s employee-led Environmental Councils drive awareness of local environmental initiatives and help scale enterprise-wide sustainability programs. The Councils represent a variety of locations, from offices of 2000 employees to distribution centers to call centers. Environmental Councils host events, speakers, vendor fairs and volunteer activities.

McKesson’s Business Practices Promoting Better Health for Our Planet

  • Fleet Efficiency: Since 2010, McKesson has focused on reducing fleet emissions by replacing unleaded gasoline and diesel engines with more fuel-efficient compressed natural gas engines in our U.S. Pharma sales fleet. Between fiscal years 2012 and 2013 alone, fleet CO2 emissions (in pounds) decreased 24%, and average CO2 emissions per vehicle decreased 30%.
  • Building Efficiency: McKesson uses the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark our facilities. In our U.S. portfolio, 25 facilities qualify as Energy Star, totaling 2.4 million square feet.
  • Supply Chain Efficiency: To analyze our distribution operations, McKesson developed the Supply Chain Sustainability Model (SCSM) in partnership with IBM Research. SCSM collects energy use and carbon emissions from fleet vehicles and every piece of equipment in the distribution center. It allows us the agility to adjust operations, which drives decreased carbon emissions and reduced fuel consumption.

Better Health for Our Employees, Communities and the Planet

McKesson’s annual Corporate Citizenship Report demonstrates our company’s social responsibility in the community. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Guidelines, internationally recognized sustainability and social responsibility reporting standards, help frame the information within the Report. To learn more about McKesson’s commitment to social responsibility, view the full Corporate Citizenship Report.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.

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