To fulfill our social responsibility, Watsons has taken the proactive steps to protect the environment. Environmentally-sustainable practices happen at all levels of Watsons, from stores, supply chain, to warehouses and offices. We strive to improve energy-efficiency and reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions to minimise negative impacts on the environment. We also continuously support green practices and promote awareness to both our employees and customers.
Charter on External Lighting
Watsons has supported the Charter on External Lighting of the Environmental Bureau to switch off lighting installations with decorative, promotional or advertising purposes which affect the outdoor environment from 11pm to 7am. There are more than 100 Watsons stores joining the Charter. Watsons has received Platinum award for consecutive 3 years.
Watsons starts to reuse tote bags for packaging of products for online delivery since June 2019, to reduce the use of one-off carton boxes and avoid over packaging. Watsons has also participated the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme held by Environmental Protection Department at designated stores to encourage customers to support recycling.
Go Green Office
A.S. Watson Group and its subsidiary Retail Hong Kong business units are awarded both the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal's (UNSDG) "Better World Company Label" and the World Green Organisation's (WGO) "Green Office Label" under the "Green Office Awards Labelling Scheme" (GOALS) jointly launched by WGO and Junior Chamber International (JCI); 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.
Watsons trucks are powered by natural gas which generates a lot less carbon footprint compared to its diesel counterparts. Optimal route planning and truck loading can also ensure fuel efficiency.
Our statement of Microplastics
Microplastics are solid synthetic polymer (plastic) particles, insoluble in water. Due to their small size (<5mm) they often pass through sewage water filtration systems and can pollute waterways; microplastics impact the food chain as they can be ingested by marine organisms. Cosmetics/ personal care products account for 2% of microplastic pollutants in the ocean*. Ahead of legislations, Watson Hong Kong has taken the positive step to ban the use of microplastic in rinse-off Own Brand cosmetics/personal care scrub products development since 2014. To further fulfill our commitment to the environment, Watson Hong Kong has decided to extend the ban to all rinse-off cosmetics products / personal care products containing microplastics, and targets to end the sales of such products by end 2019. Where Watson Hong Kong is bound by legal requirements in our markets, we will work towards full compliance with the respective laws accordingly.
*Source: Boucher, J. and Friot D. (2017). Primary Microplasticsin the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources.