Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director
Long History of Giving
Established in Hong Kong in 1841, A.S. Watson Group‘s passion to give dated back to our early history when it was a small dispensary, providing free medicine to the needy in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. During 1870-80s when quality health service was still a luxury, ASW set up one of the first scholarships for local medical school to support the development of public health service in Hong Kong. Dr Sun Yat–sen, the renowned politician and revolutionist in China, was also one of the beneficiaries under the scholarship scheme when he was studying medicine in Hong Kong. With the heritage of giving passing on, the Group continues to bring more to the lives of people through our operations in 24 markets in the world.
Good Social Compliance Practice
A.S. Watson Group is dedicated to promote good social compliance practices at its vendors and suppliers worldwide. Joining as a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) in 2008, the Group Integrated the latest BSCI Code of Conduct into local trading contracts and conduct regular compliance assessments to ensure ethical business standards are in place.
Since 2016, we are also a member of the Mekong Club, an organisation that helps its member companies develop and implement toolkits to avoid modern slavery within business operations.
Our Four Pillars
Our Four Pillars are fundamental to how we act as a responsible corporate citizen day by day. We have also defined under each Pillar the various Aspects to be our main action focus.