A.S. Watson Group (ASW) today announces management change in its health and beauty retail business in the Benelux, with the appointment of Ed van de Weerd as CEO of A.S. Watson Benelux with effect from 1st July 2019, succeeding Gerard van Breen who has taken the decision to retire after 14 years of service.
For the 12th time, ICI Paris XL Belgium won the award for Best Retailer of the Year in the perfumery category. This is all down to the hard work of the entire team who work hard to ensure the excellence of our service and products.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of ICI PARIS XL. Founded in 1968, ICI PARIS XL began as a small perfumery store in Belgium, aiming to make beauty products from Paris available to the people.
All staff of the ICI PARIS XL head office gathered together for a Culture Program, to brainstorm and discuss possible ways in which the work environment could be adjusted to suit the needs of employees and improve the team’s digital agility. Afterwards a design team was created, with the aim of setting up workgroups to answer specific questions and give solutions to problems about the working environment.
Every year, ICI Paris XL presents awards to employees who have excelled in their work. This year, the awards were presented on 25 January. The aim each year is to acknowledge deserving employees and to inspire all staff, those in the company’s headquarters and its stores are eligible to win an award.
In partnership with the Look Good Feel Better foundation, ICI PARIS XL sold special Good Vibes bracelets in stores. For every sale made, €5 was donated to the foundation, which organises grooming workshops for women with cancer. This is on top of the make-up ICI PARIS XL donates twice yearly, to facilitate the workshops that aim at boosting the confidence and physical appearance of women who undergo chemotherapy.
In the lead up to winter, volunteers of Health and Beauty Benelux came together to clean and spruce up the Kinderhospice Binnenveld. The hospice has long been a refuge and home-away-from-home for many children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and thanks to the team of volunteers, it was made cosy and comfortable for its patients.
Volunteers from A.S. Watson’s Health & Beauty Benelux Office reached out to refugees at an asylum centre and helped enhance their kitchen-garden facilities. We hope that the refugees can start growing their own vegetables and meet their own needs more sustainably.
This year, ICI Paris XL celebrates the fifth year of the SOS Children’s Village in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. In honour of this, an informational video was presented to the Belgian press in June. ICI Paris XL also launched an official mascot which will be sold in shops from October to December to raise money for the village. In addition, every ICI Paris XL district in the Netherlands adopts an SOS child, with letters and small gifts being sent to the supported children regularly.
As part of a regional recycling initiative, ICI Paris XL customers in Belgium who returned an empty bottle to stores would receive a 15% discount on perfume and skin care products. In the Netherlands, the Bring Your Bottle Back drive earned every customer a 20% discount on a new bottle of perfume. To further amplify the campaign, an online quiz encouraged consumers to answer 4 questions to find out their recycling knowledge.