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.
Every year, the PARKnSHOP Volunteer Team in Hong Kong partners with the Hong Chi Association to run workshops for students at Hong Chi schools, giving them an opportunity to enjoy a fun day with PARKnSHOP volunteers at stores.
In September 2016, to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival, we organised a cookie workshop for students of the Hong Chi MorningHill School, Tsui Lam. Students unleashed their creativity, making delicious rabbit cookies under the guidance of PARKnSHOP pastry chefs and volunteers. The students also visited Watsons stores, accompanied by volunteers, to shop and learn about daily necessities and food.
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.
On 17 Apr, PARKnSHOP Guangzhou’s federation of trade unions and human resources department organised a tree planting activity for their employees. The event took place at the scenic Baiyun Mountain and helped bring together families in a fun-filled and environmentally educational day.
PARKnSHOP rolled out Hong Kong’s FIRST Free Food Coupon for Senior Citizens programme in 2012, together with the YWCA. Elderly people are given coupons that they can exchange for food and daily essentials free of charge. The programme rotates to different districts of Hong Kong each year to benefit more elders in need. The redemption rate for these coupons is remarkably high – over 90% – showing just how much elderly people appreciate this scheme. Shopping days are also organised with PARKnSHOP’s volunteers accompanying the beneficiaries to redeem the products at stores.
Accumulated number of beneficiaries reached 900 with over 24,000 pieces of products given away.