A.S. Watson Implements Proactive Plastic-Reduction Measures with its Retail Brands
Go Green and Make a Better Living Environment Together

According to the Waste Statistics for 2017 in “Monitoring of Solid Waste in Hong Kong” published by the Environmental Protection Department*, the average daily quantity of municipal solid waste disposed by Hong Kong people was 10,733 tpd, in which 20% of them (nearly 2,124 tpd) were plastics. A.S. Watson Group (ASW) puts environmental protection in high priority on its social responsibility agenda. It has been driving energy-efficiency, reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions to minimise negative impacts on the environment. Since 2014, ASW has taken the proactive step to ban the use of microplastic in its rinse-off own brand cosmetics/personal care scrub products development. The company is also committed to further extend the ban and targets to end the sales of all rinse-off cosmetics products / personal care products containing microplastics by the end of 2019. Its retail brands also proactively implement plastic-reduction measures, striving to strike a balance between product excellence and environmental protection, creating a greener environment.

Proactive Plastic-Reduction Measures

PARKnSHOP Hong Kong has taken the proactive step to implement plastic-reduction measures at three stores at local universities, including The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Fresh produce such as apples and oranges etc will be sold in loose form in the stores, reducing the selling of prepacked imported vegetables, which effectively reduces the usage of plastic packaging. Measures will be firstly implemented in the above stores and PARKnSHOP will then review the implementation of the trial scheme and consider extending the scheme to more stores.

Spring Outing

This Spring, as part of a company outing and to celebrate International Women’s Day, PARKnSHOP China participated in a charity walk to raise awareness on environmental issues and promote a low-carbon lifestyle. Despite the light rain, everybody enjoyed the walk and felt refreshed!

We Gave Smiles

A.S. Watson Group sponsored the first “Give a Smile” medical mission to help children with cleft lips and palates in Guizhou, China, giving them a beautiful smile and a brighter future. Colleagues from ASW’s Hong Kong Office, Watsons China and PARKnSHOP China teamed up with Operation Smile medical volunteers to take different roles in the seven-day mission. In all, 145 patients were screened and 92 of them received free surgery carried out by global experts.
Watch the highlight video: https://youtu.be/D22ltwWKELM

Sustainable Business Award

A.S. Watson Group wins the Sustainable Business Award and also the most prestigious honour Sustainable Leadership Award organised by World Green Organisation, recognising our commitment and concerted efforts in forging a sustainable business in workplace quality, environmental protection, operation practice and community engagement.

Elderly Fun Day

PARKnSHOP volunteering team organised an Elderly Fun Day in conjunction with YWCA. The day saw 20 seniors visit The Peak to enjoy a panoramic view of Hong Kong, followed by a delicious afternoon tea at the YWCA Garden View Hong Kong. Each participant even took home a box of Baker’s Choice mooncake to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.