A.S. Watson commits to reduce plastic waste

Date : 23 July 2020

Sabira Habib

Retail Analyst

A.S. Watson group pledges to reduce plastic waste and use sustainable palm oil.

On track with its 2030 sustainability goal

The company is the first to sign-up to the New Plastic Economy (NPE) Global Commitment to reduce plastic waste and has also taken a group membership with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to help address environmental impacts caused by palm oil.

The group has been developing a wide range of initiatives across different markets to help achieve its 2030 Sustainability goals- better waste management and more responsible own brand products.

Malina Ngai, A.S. Watson Group COO and CEO of A.S. Watson (Asia and Europe) said,

“We know our customers are increasingly aware of sustainability issues and therefore expect their chosen brands to share the same values as they do. As the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer, we feel it is our responsibility to do MORE, so we are making a commitment to create a more sustainable environment and offer more sustainable product choices to our customers.”

By signing NPE, A.S. Watson pledges to:

  • Work with its business units to eliminate unnecessary plastic and plans to ban the use of PVC by 2030
  • Use a minimum of 20% recycled plastic content in plastic packaging by 2025, if the supply of recycled plastic permits it
  • Promote packaging that is recyclable or reusable

By taking group membership with the RSPO it aims to:

To promote responsible own brand products. Kruidvat and Superdrug have taken the lead by using RSPO certified palm oil in a selection of their Own Brand products. It is currently reviewing its whole Own Brand portfolio to identify other brands that can be added to its commitment by the end of 2021.

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