Watsons China ranked 25th in the latest “Top 100 New Retail Brands Ranking 2017”

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Watsons China was ranked 25th among the top retail brands in China, according to the latest “Top 100 New Retail Brands Ranking 2017” released by PinTu, a renowned business media platform based in China. The recognition reflects that Watsons has become a highly trusted and popular brand and successfully earned customers’ heart in China.The ranking grounded on an in-depth research of retail brands in China across 5 categories – Financial results of the business, retail foundation, digitalisation, channels development and Innovation on the business model.

As one of the leading health and beauty retailers in Mainland China, Watsons’ footprint has expanded rapidly throughout the country with more than 3,000 stores in over 430 cities and over 60 million members. In the digital arena, Watsons China has a strong online presence in eCommerce with its newly launched mobile app “萵筍” (pronounced as “Watsons”) and the electronic membership card lately, which offers one-stop solution to customers while enabling round-the-clock, O2O (Online-to-Offline) service.

Source: A.S. Watson Group


Kesko ranked 25th and the only Finnish company included in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list

Helsinki, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko has been ranked 25th in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list and, at the same time, as the most sustainable trading sector company in the world. Kesko is the only Finnish company included in the list every year since it was established in 2005.

The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list has been announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. For the list, companies were assessed on 14 sustainability indicators in the areas of economic, social and environmental responsibility.

“Responsible business is essential for the achievement of good and sustainable financial results. Good corporate governance, responsibility assurance and supply chain transparency are the basis of our operations,” says Kesko President and CEO Mikko Helander.

Responsibility is reflected in the K-Group’s daily operations

The K-Group wants to be a pioneer in corporate responsibility and stakeholders also expect us to operate responsibly.

In November 2016, we published the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a Kesko website where we explain how we promote the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We completed a human rights impact assessment in compliance with UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and published a human rights commitment in September 2016.

In October 2016, we published the K Code of Conduct, which outlines the shared guidelines for the work of each Kesko employee and business partner.

In December 2016, we started building solar power plants on the rooftops of seven new K-food stores. By summer 2017, there will be as many as 15 solar power plants on K-food store roofs. These new investments will make the K-Group Finland’s biggest producer and user of solar power.

Kesko participates in the 2017-2025 action plan of the commerce sector Energy Efficiency Agreement. In accordance with the agreement, Kesko commits itself to reducing its energy consumption by 7.5% through various saving measures.

The Global 100 list is prepared by Canada-based Corporate Knights Inc. and is based on a global assessment of around 4,000 listed companies.

The Global 100 list for 2017 has been published at http://www.corporateknights.com/reports/global-100/.

Read more: Kesko’s ranking in sustainability indices

Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2015, Kesko’s net sales totalled €8.7 billion and it employed over 20,000 people. Kesko operates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. www.kesko.fi

Further information:
Matti Kalervo
Kesko Corporation
Vice President
Corporate Responsibility
tel. +358 50 306 4081

Source: Kesko Corporation