PARKnSHOP Hong Kong’s Green School Programme invites all primary and special schools in the city to apply for funding for green projects such as sustainable farming, energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling. The programme provides students with wonderful opportunities to learn about environmental protection in practice.
PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory received the Accreditation for Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), granted by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service under the Innovation and Technology Commission, recognising PARKnSHOP’s capabilities to conduct such professional tests. Reports issued by the PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory are now internationally recognised.
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.
PARKnSHOP joined hands with Food Angel and launched the “City Food Drive” campaign. Six categories of food were donated by the public at 280 retail stores of the Hong Kong supermarket chain. PARKnSHOP collected and delivered the donated items to Food Angel, to be prepared into hot meals for those in need.
To elevate the impact of the charitable efforts, PARKnSHOP matched donations of SELECT brand items by the public.
Over 26,000 items were collected from the public. Together with PARKnSHOP’s matching donation and the funds raised in stores, the campaign collected nearly 40,000 food items and made a contribution of over HK$1 million to Food Angel.
PARKnSHOP Hong Kong’s Food Safety Laboratory was recently granted the Accreditation for Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), recognising PARKnSHOP’s competency in conducting professional tests on food to ensure customers’ health and safety.
Currently, only seven laboratories were accredited by HOKLAS for testing organochlorine pesticides, and PARKnSHOP was the first supermarket chain in Hong Kong to be granted with this accreditation. Back in 2008, PARKnSHOP was also the first retailer in Hong Kong to earn the HOKLAS accreditation for microbiological testing of foods.
Following the donation of HK$150,000 to the Future Stars Upward Mobility Scholarship 2016, A.S. Watson Group joined the Commission on Poverty’s “Future Star Programme” and arranged career-focused activities for secondary school students to gain real-life working experience.
Brands of the Group supported the programme by organising visits to PARKnSHOP’s Sheung Shui Fresh Food Distribution Centre and Fortress stores. Watsons Hong Kong and Watsons Athletic Club also supported the “Life Buddy Mentoring Scheme” by providing students with summer placements at Watsons stores, and event management experience in sports events.
A.S. Watson Group and its subsidiary Retail Hong Kong business units are awarded both the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal’s “Better World Company Label” and the World Green Organisation’s (WGO) “Green Office Label” under the “Green Office Awards Labelling Scheme” jointly launched by WGO and Junior Chamber International; in recognition of the Group’s achievement and commitment to improve its environmental performance through the successful implementation of energy savings, water savings, waste reduction, paper & printing and IT use & disposal.
PARKnSHOP Hong Kong, Watsons Hong Kong and Fortress have signed up the Hong Kong Charter on External Lighting, to mitigate the problems of light nuisance and energy wastage caused by external lighting. The charter, organised by the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, involves more than 4,000 shops and other businesses turning off decorative and promotional lighting that affects the outdoor environment between 11pm and 7am every day. 151 PARKnSHOP stores, 93 Watsons stores and 25 Fortress stores are proudly taking part in the activity.
Since 2012, PARKnSHOP Hong Kong has pioneered work among Hong Kong supermarkets to reduce food waste by putting edible surplus produce to good use, launching the territory’s first surplus-food donation programme. So far, around 600 tons of food has been donated, which has helped Food Angel make more than 1.7 million hot-meal boxes for the needy.
20 volunteers from PARKnSHOP joined a Beach Clean-up Day on 7 May, where they, along with their friends and relatives, helped collect trash off the beaches of Lung Kwu Tan and Tuen Mun and sorted them for further treatment. Prizes were awarded for the most amount of trash collected, the most amount of recyclable trash collected as well as the weirdest garbage collected. In just one day, nearly 85kg of trash and over 47kg of recyclable waste were picked up.