A.S. Watson Group (ASW), the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, announced today a partnership with Toronto-based Rubikloud as part of its investment in big data capabilities. The Group will invest USD70 million (approximately HKD540 million) in the coming three years on big data, to further enhance customer experience and operational efficiencies using machine learning and data visualisation applications.
From a local dispensary to the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, A.S. Watson Group’s 175 years of global accomplishment was recognised by business leaders at the Hong Kong Business Awards 2016, by winning the “International Award”, proclaiming the Group’s achievement in successful international expansion and operations, and enhancing Hong Kong’s international reputation in the process.
A.S. Watson Group’s philanthropy programme Project LOL was recently recognised by leaders of the Public Relations and Human Resources professions, proudly winning three awards for the quality of our community services, innovative usage of digital technology and encouraging employees to be a part of CSR programme.
A.S. Watson Group is being recognised once again, for our commitment and concerted efforts in forging a sustainable business development, by winning the “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year.
A.S. Watson Group was recognised once again for our commitment and concerted efforts in forging a sustainable business development, by winning the “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year.
The “Sustainable Business Award 2016” was organised by World Green Organisation, which measured Hong Kong corporations’ achievements in building quality working environment, working towards environmental protection, conducting business responsibly and involving the community effectively.
There were eleven winners this year, with A.S. Watson being the only company from the health & beauty retail sector.
Microplastic is a synthetic polymer (plastic) particle in solid form, insoluble in water and commonly used as exfoliants in rinse-off cosmetics/personal care products such as face/body scrubs.
Due to their small size (<5mm) they often pass through sewage water filtration systems and can pollute waterways. There are concerns on their environmental and safety impacts on the food chain as they can be ingested by fishes and marine organisms.
Taking positive steps ahead of legislations in their markets, A.S. Watson subsidiaries which carry Own Brand products have already banned the use of microplastic in rinse-off cosmetics/personal care scrub products since 2014, and they will be removed from shelf by 2017.
Installed with 1,600 solar panels on the roof, the new A.S. Watson logistic centre in Heteren, Netherlands was expected to generate 420,000 kwh of power every year. This centre had been proudly certified as “excellent” according to BREEAM, a sustainability assessment methodology for buildings, which marked the Group’s sustained commitment to the environment.
CK Hutchison’s unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2016 (in PDF)
30 awardees from the A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards 2015-2016 left Hong Kong for a 5-day sports exchange tour in Tianjin. They visited the city’s top sports facilities, took part in training sessions alongside professional athletes, practiced the famous Huo Style martial arts, and visited the training base of the General Administration of Sport of China in Qinhuangdao. The student athletes also immersed in unique cultural experiences during the exchange tour.