Watsons’ Sustainable Choices program lauded by award giving bodies

 Watsons Philippines has recently garnered multiple awards from different award giving bodies for its sustainability program as it takes the...

 Watsons Philippines has recently garnered multiple awards from different award giving
bodies for its sustainability program as it takes the lead in the health, wellness and
beauty retail sector in spreading the word about the green lifestyle and encouraging its
customers to live more sustainably by offering products that allow them to do so.
Watsons Personal Care Stores Inc. has received the Sustainability Initiative of the Year
– Philippines award from the 17th Retail Asia Awards in recognition of the health,
wellness and beauty retailer’s Sustainable Choices campaig

The award is one of three that Watsons got from Retail Asia Awards, a prestigious and
exciting event that gathers the region's best retailers and recognizes the most
outstanding retail initiatives. The two other awards that Watsons received are Health &
Beauty Retailer of the Year - Philippines and the Omnichannel Strategy of the Year.
Watsons Philippines was also recognized in the Green Leadership Category-2021 by
the Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA) for its DOING GOOD Through
Sustainable Choices campaign.

The Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA) is an annual awards that recognize
and honor Asian businesses that champion sustainable and responsible business

Sustainable Choices is the cornerstone of Watsons’ sustainability strategy and Do Good
initiative as part of its proposition Look Good Do Good Feel Great. Watsons is the only
health, wellness and beauty retailer in the Philippines with over 1,521 sustainable SKUs
that consumers can choose from. Sustainable Choice products at Watsons contain no
harmful ingredients (Clean Beauty), are made from responsibly sourced palm oil and
FSC-certified paper, use better packaging materials and support refilling through refill

Watsons has also dedicated spaces in its over 900 stores nationwide for Sustainable
Choices products. Highlights within the stores encourage customers to explore and try
eco-conscious choices, driving new shopping behaviors.
For the campaign, Watsons collaborated with various stakeholders, including non-
government organizations, social enterprises like Plastic Bank, its supplier partners, and
SM Malls.
“We encouraged Watsons suppliers and manufacturers to introduce more
environmentally responsible alternatives for customers. We also helped educate
customers, empowering them with the knowledge to make eco-conscious purchase
decisions and reduce waste. To disseminate all this information, we held sustainability
webinars and encouraged our media guests to help cascade whatever was shared to
their readers,” said Viki Encarnacion, PR and Sustainability Director at Watsons
On the home front, Watsons shared its Sustainable Choices initiative across all
departments. The Watsons trading and purchasing teams operate under the mandate to
actively seek out products that are more sustainable. The marketing teams continue to
educate customers and help influence shopper preferences. Meanwhile, stores and
staff highlight these alternatives and make sure that shoppers know about the
advantages of choosing sustainable products. In addition to that, Watsons also
encourages customers to live more sustainably by promoting the use of eco friendly
bags as well as advocating recycling.
Watsons takes great pride in the awards that it has received and it also serves as an
inspiration to the organization to further strengthen its commitment and efforts to DO
GOOD for the planet and the community.

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