Sitting at a desk in an office all day will put strain your body. It’s important to take time to relax and stretch your muscles! FORTRESS invited colleagues to take on a stretching challenge. It may not be easy to some of its colleagues but FORTRESS encouraged them to try and start living a healthy lifestyle.
With the goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle as well as encouraging human interaction, FORTRESS organised a photo contest. A total of 28 enthusiastic teams participated in photographing contest with entries showing sports activities on social media.
FORTRESS collaborated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church Hong Kong for the fifth year to bring about its Student Mentorship Programme. This year, 17 students from Yuen Long Catholic Secondary School participated in the 5-day summer placement in FORTRESS stores to experience the operation and learn practical knowledge of the retail industry. They were also taught about sales techniques, customer service and interview skills. In just a few days, students have more ideas for the coming challenges in their career.
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.
FORTRESS collaborated with the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society once again this summer, visiting elderly living alone in Kwai Fong and Tai Wo Hau. Bringing FORTRESS home appliances including fans and rice cookers, 35 volunteers and their children found giving time to senior citizens a meaningful way to end the summer holidays.
Bringing together the top retail formats operated by A.S. Watson Group, CKC18 is the latest shopping concept store creating a premier shopping and lifestyle hub in Central, Hong Kong.
A.S. Watson Group announced the launch of A.S. Watson Group Retail Academy, which will run an institution to manage all talent development programme. It is the first local retail academy in the industry, driving the development of the new retail era.
FORTRESS organised an Elderly Fun Day at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park for 20 senior citizens from the Eastern District. Volunteers and participants enjoyed a happy Saturday morning together, practising towel exercises, strolling around the park, and indulging in a delicious lunch at a Chinese restaurant. To cap off a meaningful day, the elderly also received gift bags with hand-made cards written with personal messages from the volunteers.
Jointly organised with the Evangelical Lutheran Church Hong Kong, summer placement of FORTRESS Mentorship Programme was successfully held. Sixteen students from Assembly of God Hebron Secondary School went to six FORTRESS stores for a week of work placement, gaining experience in real-life workplace. Such experience has helped boost their self-confidence and familiarise them with the operation of retail sector.
Tang, the student intern, said she gained a new understanding of the retail industry, and learnt to be more proactive and positive when facing challenges, “I have to thank FORTRESS’ staff for their patience in answering my questions and from them I have learnt the importance of teamwork.” Chan thought that the placement was very meaningful, “I have understood more about the duties of a customer service consultant, including greeting guests and understanding their needs. This is a big breakthrough for me as I seldom talk to strangers before, but now I can!” And Law was very happy about gaining actual work experience, developing patience, and learning to respect customers.
The mentorship programme is one of FORTRESS’ signature CSR programmes that aims to enhance students’ understanding on retail industry and provide career coaching. In each school year, the programme moves to different districts to benefit more students.
For three consecutive years, A.S. Watson Group (ASW) and its retail brands in HK were awarded the Green Office Label in the Green Office Awards Labelling Scheme (GOALS) organised by World Green Organisation (WGO), to recognise for our commitment and achievement in implementing green practices within workplace. The group also clinched the Eco-healthy Workplace Label this year by fulfilling the criteria of eco-healthy workplace best practices. Six awards were received this year, for A.S. Watson Group, A.S. Watson Industries, Watsons, PARKnSHOP, FORTRESS and Watsons Wine.