Blooms The Chemist kicks off Partners’ Conference

More than 200 partners, supplier partners, sponsors and guests will gather on Hayman Island in Queensland today (15 July) for three and a half days of keynote speeches, workshops, and networking events to discuss Blooms The Chemist’s plans for continued operational excellence and delivering on its brand purpose of creating greater access to good health and wellbeing.

The Partner’s Conference, which is the first in more than 1000 days due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, provides the opportunity for Blooms The Chemist to celebrate its delayed 40-year birthday.

This will be led by an intimate panel session with family members of the pharmacy network’s original founding members, and John Thorne, one of the very first Pharmacists to experience Blooms The Chemist’s partnership model.

This year’s conference will comprise several closed and open sessions featuring an impressive line-up of guest speakers, including those from the group’s high-profile charity partners.

This includes Carolyn Butler-Madden, Chief Purpose Activist at The Cause Effect, Sally Bateman, CEO of Make-A-Wish Australia, and Arabella Gibson, CEO of Gidget Foundation Australia.

Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Vavoulas, presiding over his first Partner’s Conference following his appointment into this role at the beginning of 2022, is thrilled to be part of such a key moment in the history of the organisation.

“It’s an honour to be hosting our first Partner’s Conference in more than three years and to be able to celebrate, in person, our 40-year milestone of delivering essential healthcare to our Australian communities.

“The founders of Blooms The Chemist established a partnership model designed to mentor young pharmacists into ownership and give them the opportunity to positively influence their communities’ health and wellbeing.

“We are proud to have continued the legacy created by our original founders and look forward to a conference where we’ll focus on our plans for continued operational excellence and delivering on our brand purpose of creating greater access to good health and wellbeing for all,” said Mr Vavoulas.

The conference will also explore the themes of equity, sustainability, and governance, which are integral to Blooms The Chemist’s operations and brand purpose, and part of the paradigm shift of greater social responsibility within the business community more broadly.

Blooms The Chemist’s Chief Operating Officer, Pamela Bishop, said the business has already demonstrated its commitment to having a positive impact on society and acknowledges there is more to do.

“We are proud of the contributions we’ve been able to make so far,” she said.

“Our corporate social responsibility plan has grown from community support in the areas where our stores operate, to making a significant contribution to many more Australians and beyond.

“We are now taking a more formalised approach to engaging with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), tackling other key priorities such as Modern Slavery, Sustainability, and Reconciliation,” Ms Bishop said.

The Blooms The Chemist Partner’s Conference Awards will also be announced on the final day of the conference.

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