Watsons Thailand sought to encourage their Head Office and Warehouse staff to take care of their health and reduce work stress, by providing a dedicated location in the offices that promoted healthy habits. These Health and Wellness corners provided recreational and sports equipment, height and weight measurement equipment and health information leaflets.
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.
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.
Watsons Hong Kong is greatly honored to have won the HKMA Quality Award 2016 – Certificate of Excellence. This was truly a team effort and it brought together people from across our business to really focus on our common goal and allowed us to reflect on the challenges we face. We have been able to crystalize those aspects of A.S. Watson Group’s DNA that make the sustainable growth of Watsons.
Watsons China ran the Smile Campaign in 2016 to promote a culture of joy and spread cheer, where everyone and anyone could express their gratitude with a smile. Staff were encouraged to inspire their colleagues and customers with their warmest smiles and most positive attitude. They were also encouraged to show off their happy moments on social media.
Watsons Hong Kong joined forces with Watson’s Water, World Green Organisation and Baguio Green Group to roll out the Watsons Plastic Containers Recycle Programme in all its Hong Kong stores in July. The campaign aimed to encourage active public participation and raise awareness of environmental protection. Customers and members of the public who returned a plastic container of personal care product or bottled water to any Watsons store would receive a shopping coupon and an e-Stamp, by collecting ten of which customers can join in an environmental protection workshop jointly held by Watsons and the World Green Organisation.
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.
Watsons FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix – Hong Kong 2016 was staged at the Hong Kong Coliseum from the 24th to 26th June. As title sponsor of the competition, A.S. Watson Group invited 1,000 children and teenagers benefiting from four local charities to watch the exciting matches. In the lead up to the tournament, the Group also invited the former captain and players of the China Women’s Volleyball National Team to pay a special visit to nearly 900 children with mental disability and elderly people in Hong Kong. Volunteers from the Group were also there to help and join in the fun.
To promote healthy lifestyle and deliver our caring to those in need in our community, Watsons China collaborated with Zumba China to launch a series of health activities in 2016, among which were a sports accessories charity sale and a carnival-like, charitable Zumba Party, with 500 participants performed the unique “Watsons-style” Zumba dance together.
Watsons China and its suppliers also jointly donated RMB 1 million to launch a “step donation” project on WeChat, which managed to attract over 540,000 WeChat users to donate their steps to support the construction of Children’s Home Project by Sowers Action, the whole campaign has gained a total viewership of 2.15 million!
Zumba dance also proved popular among Watsons China staff! In an Internal Contest earlier this year, 264 teams of some 1,200 colleagues from 109 cities participated, showcasing the healthy rhythm of the Watsons’ lifestyle.
Watsons Taiwan cooperated with the Formosa Cancer Foundation to hold lung cancer prevention forums in June, where they invited doctors to educate the public on the latest statistics and updates on female lung cancer prevention.