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London Drugs receives 2022 Rix Award

cint_mahlman-7984607The 2022 Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship was accepted by Clint Mahlman, president and chief operating officer at London Drugs.

London Drugs has received the prestigious Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) 2022 Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship. 

According to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade: “London Drugs was chosen as this year’s Engaged Corporate Citizenship recipient in recognition of its role as a champion for small businesses and their community initiatives in support of those in need.

Since it was founded in 1945, London Drugs has grown from its initial 1000-square foot location on Main Street in Vancouver, to a chain of stores spanning 35 major markets in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. What began as a community drug store grew into a retail destination, offering consumers an unprecedented range of products typically associated with specialty shops.

While local products have always been featured prominently at London Drugs, the organization went a step further at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, launching the Local Central initiative to offer shelf space to local retailers forced to close their doors due to the pandemic.

Charitable giving is deeply embedded in the London Drugs identity. The London Drugs Foundation has been providing financial support to children’s charities, hospital foundations and organizations promoting the arts in communities across Western Canada for more than 20 years.

The Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program was born in 2015, with one store providing 500 inner-city seniors with presents for Christmas. By 2017, the initiative spread across the chain. Thanks to partnerships with care homes, more than 23,000 gifts were delivered to seniors in 2021.

London Drugs also has a long track record of actively working towards reconciliation, launching their Aboriginal Employment Partnership in 2009 and the Aboriginal Partnership Bursary Program in 2014. In 2021, they were named an official retailer for Orange Shirt Day, with 100 per cent of proceeds from shirts sold in-store going to the Orange Shirt Society.

In addition to their charitable commitments and work towards reconciliation, London Drugs has also supported the Pink Shirt Day anti-bullying campaign as a retail sponsor since it launched in 2008. Since then, sales of Pink Shirt Day merchandise at London Drugs.”

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