As a response to COVID-19, April was named “Thank You for work!” month at Drogas and celebrated with different activities. Employees wrote thank-you notes to each other both in digital format and by hand. Office staff were asked to participate as volunteers, gifting nutrient supplement to the store teams and spend some time with them to say a personal thank you. The management team recorded a special thank-you video and shared with all employees, and an audio recording was aired on radio as well as in stores.
FORTRESS joined hands with Evangelical Lutheran Church Hong Kong and ran the Student Mentorship Programme for six consecutive years. Nearly 20 students from Po Chiu Catholic Secondary School participated this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was the first time for FORTRESS to conduct the programme online. The team introduced the brand story of FORTRESS and shared job interview skills. The students also had the opportunity to experience smart products from TechLife by FORTRESS and created a promotional video to learn and foster their interest in the electronic retail industry.
As part of our commitments to promote sustainable and responsible Own Brand products, A.S. Watson has taken a group membership to the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (“RSPO”), a leading organisation promoting social and environmental compliance in the palm oil industry.
Sustainable palm oil has been introduced in various Own Brand products such as Kruidvat and Superdrug Brands. As a part of our strategy, we are expanding the selection of Own Brand products to be produced with RSPO-certified palm oil, offering more sustainable choices to our customers.
A.S. Watson is a signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment and pledges to reduce the overall impact of its own brand packaging by:
• Eliminating unnecessary packaging by 2030, avoiding over-packaging and phasing out PVC
• Targeting to use a minimum of 20% recycled plastic content in plastic packaging by 2025 , if supply permits it
• Promoting packaging that is more recyclable or reusable
With online trolling an increasingly visible issue, Superdrug is pledging to take a strong stance against negative behaviour online and instead encourage people to use their online platforms to spread kindness and positivity. Working with youth organisation, Ditch the Label, Superdrug is reminding social media users to #BeKind online and create a bully-free zone. Alongside the collaboration with Ditch the Label, Superdrug is joining with influential voices in the social space, content creators Imogenation, Simone Powderly and Georgia Rankin, to spread the word about the campaign.
In order to celebrate Children’s Day with staff and their children, Watsons China did something creative this year with a live broadcast in store with Watsons’ Children KOL, encouraging them to interact with viewers and experience the hottest way to social media marketing now. In addition to sharing new and popular products with the audience, the webcast also allowed the children to experience something new and fresh.
In an effort to boost employees’ sense of belonging and make them feel Watsons’ care for them and their families, every warehouse staff of Watsons China was provided with children’s face masks before Children’s Day to help protect their health and wellbeing. Children who received the masks also started in a series of fashionable “cute face warrior” photos on the day of the festival and warmed many hearts!
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 an aim to raise fund for orphaned children and help protect the environment, Watsons Russia collected plastic bottle caps at the office and collaborated with local eco charity Kidness Cap. The organisation collects and recycles plastic caps from different collection points in Saint Petersburg. The proceeds are donated to an orphanage in the city.
As most of this year’s travel activities are limited or cancelled due to Covid-19, the A.S. Watson Zurich team launched a shared staff platform to gather ideas and inspiration for potential weekend getaways and short holiday trips. Ideas include scenic hiking routes and trails, interesting and stunning places to see and experience around Switzerland. With the travel limitations, we need to make the most out of what we have access to and enjoy ourselves while remaining safe.