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Experts Gathered at CSR Asia Summit 2016

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-To encourage Innovative Sustainability Leadership
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — CSR Asia Summit 2016, the annual thought-inspiring conference on corporate social responsibility in Asia, returned to Hong Kong on 28th and 29th September at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong with a focus on bold and effective sustainability leadership.

Gathering over 70 influential speakers and 480 VIPs and guests, the Summit successfully created a forum for representatives from businesses, government, academic organisations and the community to share and connect. The event took existing sustainability dialogue to a new level, and involved discussion on innovative Shared Value practices in Asia Pacific. Key advocates and attendees included H&M, Hermès EOS, Huawei, Kering Asia Pacific, MTR Corporation, Sime Darby Berhad, The Coca-Cola Company and VISA.

The Summit also announced the top performing companies in the 2016 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking. The Ranking provides investors and consumers with insights into corporate sustainability practices, and sets a benchmark for business performance against other regional businesses. The top 3 companies in the Ranking for 2016 are:

1st Wipro Ltd, India
2nd City Developments Limited, Singapore
3rd Lite-On Technology Corp., Taiwan
A breakdown of the top 100 companies by country/region reveals; Japan (33), Taiwan (20), India (16) and South Korea (13). Regulatory oversight of corporate sustainability disclosures is the likely reason for companies in these countries to take leading positions. Companies in the technology sector captured the largest proportion of positions (38 of 100) in the Ranking.

CSR Asia Summit 2016: Innovative sustainability leadership on shared value creation

The 4 main themes, “Strategic Value Creation”, “Business Leadership for Sustainable Development “, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Make it Happen”, were covered over the 2-day summit. Under the stream “Strategic Value Creation” business leaders and professionals explored how to lead society to co-create shared value through sustainable business strategies in order to address global complex challenges and develop corporate social innovation.

Dr Richard Welford, Chairman and Founder of CSR Asia said, “Bold and effective leadership – from business, government and individuals – is required to drive the sustainability agenda forward in Asia Pacific. Our decision to host the CSR Asia Summit once again in Hong Kong, reflects our view that the city is an ideal hub for advancing this agenda.”

“In order to grow awareness and create initiatives which nurture sustainability leaders, we also need to shape the future landscape across the region. Factors which will play a crucial role in this include intensive training on shared value creation, organisational culture cultivation, innovation roadmap development, community investment measurements and identifying opportunities for corporate social responsibility.”

The region remains optimistic towards its rapid economic growth and the resulting opportunities, enabling an integration of social needs into business planning and processes. In the long run, more and more companies will allocate sufficient resources to sustainability business reporting and talent retention, hoping to identify risks and opportunities and transforming them into continuous business profits and social benefits.

For more information on CSR Asia Summit 2016, visit

For more information on The Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking, visit

For more information on CSR Asia, visit

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About CSR Asia Summit

CSR Asia Summit is an annual leading conference on corporate social responsibility in Asia. Since 2007, CSR Asia has brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals and thought leaders to discuss cutting edge issues and share their experiences.

The two-day event combines a packed programme of speakers and panel discussions covering a wide range of relevant topics, and also provides excellent networking opportunities. CSR Asia also runs an additional day of optional capacity building courses prior to the Summit.

The CSR Asia Summit is attended and supported by many leading global companies, NGOs and academia. In addition, the event is held at a different location in Asia each year to provide local companies and organisations with a platform to build awareness of the challenges and opportunities specific to their country.

About the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking

The ranking, now in its third year, is a joint initiative between Channel NewsAsia, CSR Asia and Sustainalytics, and identifies and celebrates regional leaders in corporate sustainability. The ranking lists the Top 100 sustainable companies in Asia and highlights the Top 20 Asian companies, as well as the Top 3 companies in each economy. Territories covered in the 2016 ranking include mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The 2016 rankings were launched at the annual CSR Asia Summit on 28th September 2016 at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong.

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September 30, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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INEOS Styrolution Equips the New Viomi Super Filter Kettle

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— Viomi Appliance Technology selects INEOS Styrolution Luran® 368R (SAN) for its high impact resistance and its suitability for food contact
— Specialty styrenics as material of choice for design, durability and cost-effectiveness
/PRNewswire/ — INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has been selected by Viomi Appliance Technology as the thermoplastic supplier for its new Viomi super filter kettle, L1 (UV germicidal Edition), which will be launched in October 2016. Viomi Appliance Technology, the business unit of Xiaomi’s Ecological Chain Enterprise specializing in filtered water solutions for household, had identified INEOS Styrolution’s Luran 368R as the material of choice for the clear and transparent wall of its new filter kettle. This grade offers high mechanical strength, brilliant color and is compliant with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Union (EU) food contact regulations.

Viomi super filter kettle, L1 (UV germicidal Edition) (image courtesy of Viomi Appliance Technology, 2016)
Viomi super filter kettle, L1 (UV germicidal Edition) (image courtesy of Viomi Appliance Technology, 2016)
Key points:

Material of choice for processing, design and safety: The Luran product line from INEOS Styrolution provides outstanding surface quality, excellent transparency and food contact compliance, enabling the creation of products that are aesthetically pleasant, durable and safe for daily household use. Luran 368R also exhibits practical toughness and superior processability for demanding injection molding and extrusion applications. These properties fulfill Viomi’s requirements in terms of food contact safety, aesthetics and functionality.
A versatile and cost effective solution: A trusted material with excellent property retention, INEOS Styrolution’s various Luran grades are currently used in various household applications such as water filters, mixers and blenders, cosmetics jars and coffee machine water containers.

Sven Riechers, Vice President, Specialties Business Management, Asia Pacific, INEOS Styrolution: “Viomi is a growing innovative and global brand within the household industry. We are very proud that Viomi has chosen INEOS Styrolution for their new filter kettle application and we look forward to our continued partnership.”

About INEOS Styrolution

INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, toys/sports/leisure, and packaging. In 2015, sales were at 5 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,100 people and operates 15 production sites in nine countries.

More information:

Hui Boon Kwa
Communications Manager Asia Pacific

INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte Ltd
111 Somerset Road
#08-01/02 TripleOne Somerset
Singapore 238164
Phone: +65-69338373

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September 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm

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World’s Oldest Auction House Presents Important Kandinsky

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/PRNewswire/ –Swedish auction house, Stockholms Auktionsverk is delighted to have been commissioned to handle one of the most important sales in its 342-year history – the IngaBritt & Arne Lundberg Collection. “The collection features an extraordinary bouquet of artworks by some of the most important names in twentieth-century art history” says Niclas Forsman, CEO of Stockholms Auktionsverk.

Arne Lundberg – Managing Director of Fortia, the parent company of pharmaceutical company Pharmacia, and his wife IngaBritt are perhaps best known for their work through the IngaBritt & Arne Lundberg research foundation. With almost a billion Swedish kronor in equity, this foundation is devoted to promoting medical science research, primarily in the fields of cancer, kidney disease and orthopaedics.

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What few people know, however, is that the Lundbergs shared a great passion for and interest in art. After a good deal of research, Stockholms Auktionsverk has determined that the Lundbergs were autodidacts in the area of art collection. The conclusion is thus that working purely on feeling, they made a series of inspired purchases from galleries and art dealers during their regular journeys through Europe. Their art collection features 19 significant works of the finest international calibre including Wassily Kandinsky, Yves Klein, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Victor Vasarely, Raoul Dufy, František Kupka and Jean Fautrier.

The absolute highlight, however, is without doubt Kreis u. Fleck by Wassily Kandinsky, one of the greatest, most trailblazing artists of the 1900s. The work stems from 1929 during the artist’s significant period as a leading member of the Bauhaus School in Weimar and Dessau (1922-1933). Kandinsky, who is considered to be one of the finest proponents of the abstract movement, developed the abstract approach in works including the book of art theory entitled Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the spiritual aspect of art), in which he combines various facets of spiritualism with strict formalism.

The painting was previously owned by the influential Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, and it has been exhibited in a range of museums and galleries around the world, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle in Bern, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Galerie Beyler and Galerie Möller in Basel, and Marlborough Fine Art in London.

Viewing selected works, London 6 October – New York 13 October. Evening sale in Stockholm, 15 November 7 pm CET.

Contact: Nina Juhl, +46-733-40-67-84,

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September 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm

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SWIFT Examines Application of Financial Business Standards to Distributed Ledger Technology and Smart Contracts

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-New paper highlights opportunity for financial industry to coordinate efforts using common messaging and data standards

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — SWIFT announces today the availability of a new paper investigating the application of business standards to distributed ledger technology (DLT) and smart contracts (SC). The paper examines the need for the financial industry to find agreement on the format of shared data, business processes, roles and responsibilities so that these new technologies can be used to efficiently address complex problems in financial services.

Both DLTs and SCs are currently generating a huge amount of interest amongst financial institutions and technology providers with their promise to transform automation within the financial services industry. To enable application on an industrial scale, however, a level of standardisation is required. Market participants will need to work together to define and agree on the meaning and format of the data deployed on DLT platforms, outline formalised business processes, and clarify legal implications.

The paper examines the role of standards from two distinct angles: the necessary preconditions for standardisation of DLT/SC, and the possibility of repurposing some of today’s existing standards. The following questions are addressed:

What are the necessary preconditions for standardisation of DLT/SC and are these met?
What would be the characteristics of standards in the DLT/SC world?
What can be learned from previous industry standardisation initiatives?
What can be reused today from existing standards?
What are the benefits of reusing existing standards?
“The promise of DLT is the synchronisation of financial data between multiple organisations, whilst smart contracts can further provide self-executing efficiencies on the ledger,” says Stephen Lindsay, Head of Standards, SWIFT. “This paper addresses some integral questions about how DLT/SC automation can run smoothly in a multi-party network environment and highlights the importance of avoiding ‘reinventing the wheel’ when it comes to business definitions that facilitate interoperability. The paper recognises that full-scale standardisation of DLT/SC use cases is premature; however, SWIFT stands ready to work with the community to conduct further studies into the reuse of existing business standards in order to better facilitate the efficient workings of DLT/SC technologies for the financial industry as a whole.”

In order to avoid the fragmentation of global standards, SWIFT sees the potential of DLT/SC as a clear opportunity for the financial community to coordinate efforts over common messaging and data standards. Recent global standards, such as ISO 20022 (financial messaging) and ISO 17442 (Legal Entity Identifier), enable the creation of robust, interoperable processes between multiple parties by reducing the ambiguity of specifications and fostering efficient reuse of knowledge, skills and technology. SWIFT, as a key contributor to financial business standards for over 40 years, including ISO 20022, is ready to offer its experience to support this important effort in order to meet the needs of the financial industry for security, resilience and scalability.

For more information about SWIFT’s position on DLTs or to download a copy of the paper, please click here.


SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services.

We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and financial crime compliance.

Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way.

As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies.

Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.

For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @swiftcommunity and LinkedIn: SWIFT.

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September 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm

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Sino Group Presents the Inaugural Gold Coast Motor Festival

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-Hong Kong’s Premier Motor Celebration
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Sino Group is delighted to present the inaugural Gold Coast Motor Festival, which will be held during the National Day Golden Weekend (1-2 October 2016), and is a new mega event that adds to Hong Kong’s attraction and positively contributes to Hong Kong’s tourism. Hong Kong’s premier motor celebration was kick started at an opening ceremony held today graced by The Hon Mr John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Other officiating guests include Dr Peter Lam Kin-ngok, GBS, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board; Ms Cathy Chu, JP, Commissioner for Tourism; Mr Lawrence K K Yu, BBS, MBE, JP, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association and Vice Patron of The Community Chest of Hong Kong as well as Mr Daryl Ng, JP, Executive Director of Sino Group.

Gold Coast Motor Festival was kick started today graced by The Hon Mr John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Dr Peter Lam Kin-ngok, GBS, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board; Ms Cathy Chu, JP, Commissioner for Tourism; Mr Lawrence K K Yu, BBS, MBE, JP, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association and Vice Patron of The Community Chest of Hong Kong as well as Mr Daryl Ng, JP, Executive Director of Sino Group.
Gold Coast Motor Festival was kick started today graced by The Hon Mr John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Dr Peter Lam Kin-ngok, GBS, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board; Ms Cathy Chu, JP, Commissioner for Tourism; Mr Lawrence K K Yu, BBS, MBE, JP, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association and Vice Patron of The Community Chest of Hong Kong as well as Mr Daryl Ng, JP, Executive Director of Sino Group.
“We are delighted to present the inaugural Gold Coast Motor Festival. It has been thoughtfully curated to enable the public to enjoy some of the most coveted dream cars, learn more about the latest in motor trends and innovations while enjoying a weekend with families and friends in the scenic Hong Kong Gold Coast precinct through the diverse two-day programme,” remarks Mr Robert Kaiwai, General Manager of Hong Kong Gold Coast.

The picturesque waterfront precinct has been transformed into various dynamic lifestyle and entertainment zones, each with a different motoring experience, in partnership with leading car brands including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Pagani, Porsche, Volkswagen and more that will be opened for the public to enjoy the excitement of the festival.

Over 60 exquisite world-class classic and collector cars sourced from private collectors will be on display. The dazzling line-up includes La Ferrari, Porsche 918, Pagani Huayra BC, McLaren F1, Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Ferrari Daytona, Nissan R34 Z Tune, providing motoring aficionados with a rare and unmissable opportunity. The motor festival is also generously supported by the Aston Martin Owners Club, which will present over 17 prized Aston Martin collector cars dating from the 1950s to the present day.

The Gold Coast Motor Festival pays tribute to classic craftsmanship as well as technological innovation of the modern day. A panel of judges led by Chief Judge, Mr Joseph Fung, a veteran motor enthusiast, will select the crème de la crème among these rare gems for the following awards: Best Competition Hero, Best Collector’s Classic, Best American Muscle, Best Alternative Speedster, Best Dream Super Car, Best Collector’s Porsche, Best Collector’s Aston Martin and Best of Show Winner.

The diverse programme features a series of motor seminars hosted by motorsports figures, designers and automotive leaders, such as Prof C C Chan, widely known as the ‘Father of Asian Electric Vehicles’, Mr Darryl O’Young, Mr Lawrence Yu and Mr Douglas Young, to name a few, to inspire and empower the next generation of car enthusiasts with information and know-how while encouraging innovation.

There are also entertainment zones and activities for families to spend an action-packed weekend, ranging from live music performances to pro-racing simulator experiences, test driving zones by Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, retail lifestyle zone and a UBS x MakerBay Electric Vehicle Lab.

Gold Coast Motor Festival is delighted to partner with renowned Japanese model car brand, Tomica, on a kids’ workshop and creative display in the Tomica Wonderland, where parents and children can together explore the motor fantasy world. Children will also be fascinated by the exhilarating ride by the waterfront on the special Gold Coast children’s mini train ride, Hong Kong’s first outdoor electric train designed for children.

To encourage sustainable development, a zone has been designated for an open-source vehicle display. UBS has partnered with social enterprise MakerBay and its team of primarily student designers and engineers at its Electric Vehicle Lab (EV Lab) to build a concept electric car.

In addition to showcasing some of the most sought-after collector cars, Gold Coast Motor Festival is raising funds for The Community Chest of Hong Kong, the Official Charity Partner. Donation boxes will be placed around the precinct, and a raffle draw with prizes amounting to over HK$350,000 will give every festival-goer a chance to win fabulous prizes. Proceeds from all sales of tickets will also be pledged to The Community Chest of Hong Kong with no deduction of administration costs.

“The timing could not have been more golden with Hong Kong welcoming more international and national tourists in the National Day Golden Week. Gold Coast Motor Festival is a new mega event for Hong Kong people and tourists to enjoy; we have put together a rich programme to give our visitors an unforgettable experience. There are seminars for motor aficionados to learn more about cars; there are entertainment and activities for families to spend a weekend here. It is a fun-filled festival for all, there is something for everyone. It is great for the motor industry, great for tourism, great for Hong Kong,” concludes Mr Kaiwai.

Exquisite world-class classic and collector cars will be on display at Gold Coast Motor Festival.

For more information, please visit the official website: or follow us on Facebook @goldcoastmotorfestival

View the trailer of Gold Coast Motor Festival online:

Please download high-resolution images of cars from this link:

Special thanks to Gold Coast Motor Festival sponsors: Ping An Insurance (Hong Kong) Company Limited, UBS, Izzue, Avis, Telford International, Bremont and Wilson Fine Foods Limited.

Gold Coast Motor Festival 2016


1-2 October 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)

Opening Hours

1 October 2016: 10am to 9pm

2 October 2016: 10am to 7pm

Ticket Price:

Standard Ticket – HK$100

Concession Ticket – HK$60 (for holder aged under 12 or over 65)

(**includes complimentary shuttle service and one complimentary drink)


Shoppers may redeem a Gold Coast Motor Festival 20% discount voucher from 11 participating Sino Malls upon spending HK$300 or more. Travellers may enjoy Gold Coast Motor Festival Room Package from The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers and Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel. Package prices range from HK$1,850 to HK$1,988.

About Sino Group

Sino Group is one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong with core business in developing residential, office, industrial and retail properties for sale and investment. The Group is also a major player in hotel investment and management, club management, property management, car park operations as well as environmental and security services. With a 10,000-strong team of dedicated professionals, Sino Group strives to consistently deliver quality properties and services that surpass the expectations of customers.

A committed corporate citizen, Sino Group has been actively participating in community services and green activities as well as art and culture events over the years. The Group focuses corporate social responsibility efforts on four areas: Sino Care, Sino Green, Sino Art and Sino Heritage. Sino Land Company Limited (083) has been a constituent member of the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since September 2012 for its continual efforts in promoting sustainability.

About Hong Kong Gold Coast

Hong Kong Gold Coast is an accessible yet idyllic retreat merely 30 minutes’ drive from the hustles and bustles of the city. Situated by a beautiful marina and Golden Beach, Hong Kong Gold Coast spans hectares of lush greenery and landscape that offers a relaxing leisure lifestyle, attracting international and local holiday-goers as well as friendly neighbourhood communities attracted to the outdoors, sun and sand. Gold Coast Hotel features over 450 spacious rooms with family-friendly facilities, including eight kid-themed rooms, as well as amenities for large-scale events, celebrations and corporate retreats. ‎The marina is home to the city’s mega yachts and Golden Beach is one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches at half a kilometre in length.

Comprising over 2,000 residences with a well-equipped clubhouse and Hong Kong’s largest free-form pool, the resort and conference hotel by the coast, the yacht club with its beautiful marina, and outdoor shopping piazza with alfresco dining offerings, Hong Kong Gold Coast is an all-in-one integrated waterfront precinct that offers a medley of outdoor and indoor enjoyments.

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September 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm

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Products and Services from RS Components Help Maintain Quality and Consistency of Supply in Utilities Industry

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-Extensive RS range supports electricity and water operators, helping them to maximise uptime

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, now offers full support to the highly demanding utilities sector with a range of products spanning tiny sensors to cables for power distribution, which help customers minimise downtime, increase uptime and maintain optimum operations and services.

RS Components offers full support to the highly demanding utilities sector with a wide range of products and services
RS Components offers full support to the highly demanding utilities sector with a wide range of products and services

The company’s dedicated landing page for the utilities sector offers access to a full suite of products, support and services to help operators ensure quality and consistency of supply — be it electricity or water.

The latest products on offer from RS include industrial power sockets from Mennekes, enclosures from Schneider Electric, ABB switches, and innovative terminal blocks from Wago. These are complemented by an extensive selection of solutions for fluid and electrical control, power components, testing equipment, plumbing and pipeline supplies, and site/personnel safety solutions and signage.

Power distribution is well served with a variety of brands and technologies, including voltage-monitoring relays from Lovato, Eaton switch disconnectors, RS Pro terminal blocks, cables and wires, and circuit protection devices from leading brands including ABB, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Eaton.

Power quality and electrical safety is covered not only by products, including electrical testers from Megger, thermal imagers from FLIR, lockouts and padlocks (including Bluetooth variants) and insulated tools from Stanley, but also by support material, such as informative videos from leading suppliers like Fluke, covering power quality and energy efficiency. Personnel safety is also covered in depth, and a dedicated landing page offers everything to keep employees safe from head to toe.

The water industry is probably the most sensitive utility in terms of quality and consistency of supply due to its reliance on local sources. For this reason essential maintenance and proactive monitoring is essential to ensure maximum reliable uptime. RS offers a range of solutions from basic pipeline components, such as Legris pipe fittings and Flexicon conduit, through to monitoring and measurement products, including proximity sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs and flow and level control devices, all the way up to a full maintenance offering, comprising cameras (thermal and inspection), tool cases and test equipment. The RS plant maintenance page goes into much more detail.

The utilities sector is also embracing connectivity, not just in terms of collecting real-time operational performance through the IOT Smart Grid, but also for proactive maintenance. The company’s landing page for the Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 contains a number of products and resources, including videos explaining how to add IoT capability to existing systems and other resources.

In addition to all the well-known industry brands, RS also stocks its own range of industrial products suitable for the utilities industry, which deliver quality, performance, choice and exceptional value for money. More than 40,000 RS Pro products are available, including electrical and power products, automation and cabling, mechanical products and tools, test and measurement and safety solutions, as well as a significant range of consumables and commodity products.

The company’s DesignSpark online resource provides information and advice, capturing the latest news, solutions and products. This added-value service offers software, 3D models, articles, tools and forum discussions relating to many of the products in the extensive RS range.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of GBP1.29bn.

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Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSComponents; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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September 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm

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IRX Indonesia Is Back for Its Second Annual Year

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-Following the success from its premier show, IRX Indonesia 2017 will be back in the retail scene: over 80 speakers and 2000 attendees are expected to attend the 2nd annual show.
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Internet Retailing Expo Indonesia (IRX Indonesia), organized by Clarion Events Pte Ltd, aims to help retailers along their online journey in the rapidly growing consumer market, with increasing sophistication of the affluent class and existing opportunities for digitally connected consumers. IRX Indonesia 2017 is aimed at the progressive retail business industry and its changing landscape of how retailers interact with the consumers through the multichannel shopping experience.

The conference will feature six streams that will cover more pressing issues in today’s internet retailing market. There are:

The Connected Store of the Future
Mobile Payments
Insight Experience
Multichannel and Operations Fulfilment
Digital Sales & Marketing
Digital Merchandising
Some of the early confirmed speakers include:

Simon Torring, Country Manager Indonesia, Sephora Digital SEA, Indonesia
Rosliana Valentina, Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Manager, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Indonesia
Ernest Ferdian, Online Marketing Manager,, Indonesia
Pankaj Khushani, Head of Media Technology Solutions — SEA, India & Korea, Google, Singapore
Albert David Palit, CEO, Kuki Style, Indonesia
Tommy Hartono, Head of Technology/ e-Commerce & Digital Marketing,, Indonesia
Rizkie Maulana Putra, Head of E-commerce Development, Samsung Electronics Indonesia, Indonesia
Joseph Aditya, CEO,, Indonesia
Singgih Rahadi, E-Commerce Business Development, Kimberly Clark Indonesia, Indonesia
Catherine Sutjahyo, CEO, Alfaonline, Indonesia
Nicholas Yudha, Co-Founder & MD, Monstore, Indonesia
Ashley Amanna, Head of E-commerce, L’Oreal Indonesia, Indonesia
Ankit Porwal, Business Director, L’Oreal Paris Indonesia, Indonesia
Rudy Adrian, Digital Marketing, CRM and E-commerce Head, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Indonesia
Yogi Kresno, Head of Marketing, Guardian Indonesia Dairy Farm Group, Indonesia
Elkana Timothy Yoe, General Manager, Rodalink Indonesia Retail Business, Indonesia
Puri Purwangningsih, Head of Digital Marketing, PT Lion Wings, Indonesia
Ezra Kurniadi, General Manager, Books & Beyond, Indonesia
Rani Jahnaz, General Manager E-commerce, Delamibrands, Indonesia
Kristiono Setyadi, CTO, Jakpost Digital, Indonesia
Tinton Ardian, COO, Bobobobo, Indonesia
During the 2-day event, there will be e-Commerce clinics, meeting scheduling platform, networking breaks and other sessions for retailers to learn as well as get latest insights on the retail market. For 2017, we have added in new features such as half-day SMEs seminars, CMO Forum, CEO Panel Discussion, E-commerce University, Indonesia-China cross-border e-Commerce pavilion and 3D VR shopping experience.

Get involved!
If you have an interest in joining the hype of Indonesia’s internet retail market, Internet Retailing Expo Indonesia 2017 is your ideal platform. We invite key industry players from the region and offer networking platforms to create business opportunities.

Contact us today for more information on Internet Retailing Expo Indonesia 2017.

Looking forward to meeting you in Jakarta!

Event dates and location:


18 – 19 January 2017


Pullman Central Park Jakarta, Indonesia

Event Website:

For more information, interviews and media accreditation:
Marketing executive:
Rahmah Ishak
Clarion Events Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 6590 3970
Fax: +65 6223 9196

Clarion Events operates over 200 events in 35 countries from offices in the UK, South Africa, USA, Brazil Germany, Singapore, UAE, Turkey and Netherlands. Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness.

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September 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

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Marriott International Completes Acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Creating World’s Largest and Best Hotel Company while Providing Unparalleled Guest Experience

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-Bringing Together 30 Leading Brands Ensures Marriott Will Have the Right Brand in the Right Place to Serve Guests Wherever They Travel
-Beginning Today, Frequent Customers Will See Their Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards & SPG Status Matched Across All Loyalty Programs
-Bruce Duncan, Eric Hippeau and Aylwin Lewis Appointed to Marriott Board
BETHESDA, Md /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., creating the world’s largest and best hotel company. Marriott now offers the most comprehensive portfolio of brands including leading lifestyle brands, a significant global footprint, and leadership in the luxury and select-service tiers as well as the convention and resort segment. Beginning today, Marriott will match member status across Marriott Rewards — which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), enabling members to transfer points between the programs for travel and exclusive experiences when they link their accounts later today. (link to consumer release here)

Marriott International – The World’s Largest Hotel Company
Marriott International – The World’s Largest Hotel Company
“Throughout our nearly 90-year history we have never stopped searching for fresh ways to serve our guests. With the addition of Starwood’s strong brands, great properties, and talented people, we have dramatically expanded our ability to provide the best experiences to our customers. We also welcome the tremendous responsibility as the world’s largest hotel company to be a good global steward, providing new opportunities for our associates and building the economic strength of the communities we call home,” said J.W. Marriott, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International.

“We believe that Marriott now has the world’s best portfolio of hotel brands, the most comprehensive global footprint, and the most extensive loyalty programs, providing an unparalleled guest experience. Combining Starwood’s brands with ours better enables Marriott to reach our goal of having the right brand in the right place to serve our loyal guests and welcome new ones,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. “We can now provide a better range of choices for our guests, more opportunities for our associates, and greater financial benefits for our owners, franchisees, and shareholders.”

The new company will operate or franchise more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms, representing 30 leading brands from the moderate-tier to luxury in over 110 countries. With the completion of this acquisition, Marriott’s distribution has more than doubled in Asia and the Middle East.

Best-in-Class Loyalty Programs

Marriott Rewards — which includes the Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and SPG are the most recognized and awarded loyalty programs in hospitality. Together, these programs will offer members more benefits when they link their accounts, as well as new destinations such as Aruba, Tuscany’s Serchio Valley and Kruger National Park in South Africa for SPG members and the Maldives, Bora Bora and Santorini, Greece for Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members.

“Marriott will draw upon the very best each program offers and we can’t wait to show the loyal members of these programs the power and benefits of Marriott and Starwood coming together,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Commercial Officer.

Marriott will launch a microsite later today,, for all members of the combined company’s loyalty programs to learn more about the reciprocal benefits now available and to link accounts.

New Board Members and Shares Listing

Effective today, Marriott’s Board of Directors has increased from 11 to 14 members, with the addition of Bruce Duncan, former Chairman of the Board of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and President, CEO and Director of First Industrial Real Estate Trust, Inc.; Eric Hippeau, Partner, Lerer Hippeau Ventures; and Aylwin Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Potbelly Corporation. Messrs. Hippeau and Lewis are also former Starwood board members. Full biographies on each of the three new board members are available at

Before market open today, Starwood’s shares will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange. As previously announced, Starwood shareholders will receive $21.00 in cash and 0.80 shares of Marriott International, Inc. Class A common stock for each share of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. common stock.

Transaction Benefits

Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood enables the combined company to expand the scope of its distribution and portfolio while deploying its larger scale to realize cost efficiencies in its corporate and property operations. As previously stated, Marriott is confident the company can achieve $250 million in annual cost synergies. Other synergies should come in the form of leveraging operations and sharing best practices. Combined sales expertise and improved account coverage are expected to provide both enhanced efficiencies and increased revenue opportunities.

“These enhanced efficiencies and revenue opportunities should drive improved property-level profitability as well as greater owner and franchisee preference for the combined company’s brands, which will encourage new hotel development,” Sorenson said. “As new travel destinations emerge, Marriott can be counted on to be there.”

One-time transaction costs for the merger are expected to total approximately $140 million. Marriott intends to take the steps necessary to cause Starwood’s outstanding public debt to be pari passu with the outstanding public debt of Marriott International by the end of 2016. Marriott remains committed to maintaining an investment grade credit rating and to continue managing the balance sheet prudently after the merger.

Arne Sorenson remains President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, and Marriott’s headquarters continues to be located in Bethesda, Maryland.


Lazard and Citigroup were financial advisors to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Deutsche Bank Securities and Goldman Sachs were the financial advisors to Marriott International. Cravath, Swaine & Moore served as legal counsel to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher served as legal counsel to Marriott International on the transaction.

Editor’s Note:

Marriott International will hold a call with news media at 9:00 A.M. EDT on Friday, September 23 to discuss the closing of the company’s merger. Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, will host the call and will be joined by members of his executive team. To access the conference, please call toll-free (800) 401-2065 for U.S. dial-in or (706) 679-3455 for international callers or log into Follow us on Marriott’s Twitter handle @MarriottIntl.

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 5,700 properties in over 110 countries. Marriott operates and franchises hotels. and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The companies 30 leading brands include: Bulgari Hotels and Resports®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy Hotels®, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit and @MarriottIntl.

Note on forward-looking statements: This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements about the benefits of the transaction, including expected synergies and enhanced revenue opportunities for the combined company, that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including the “Risks Related to the Starwood Combination” and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q that we filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this communication. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this communication, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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September 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

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Technology Companies Take Top Spots in the 2016 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking

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-Third annual ranking unveiled at the 2016 CSR Asia Summit in Hong Kong
HONG KONG PRNewswire/ — Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia and Sustainalytics, today announced that technology companies took seven of the top ten spots in the 2016 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking. Wipro Ltd. was ranked number one for its proactive efforts to reduce its energy use and mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The annual Ranking identifies the top 100 companies in Asia with the highest sustainability performance, measured based on a broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators. The partners released the Ranking at the 2016 CSR Asia Summit in Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong.

Key findings of the 2016 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking

Companies in the technology sector captured the largest proportion of positions (38 of 100) in the Ranking.
Eighty-two percent of companies in the top 100 are from Japan (33), Taiwan (20), India (16) and South Korea (13). Regulatory oversight of corporate sustainability disclosures is likely the reason for companies in these countries to take leading positions.
Five Japanese companies have been placed in the top 20 of this year’s Ranking, up from only one in the 2015 Ranking.
The top five companies in the 2016 Ranking are Wipro Ltd. (India), City Developments Limited (Singapore), Lite-On Technology Corp. (Taiwan), Hankook Tire Co., Ltd. (South Korea) and Qisda Corporation (Taiwan).
The 2016 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking is generated based on specific ESG indicators and methodology developed by Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings. From the full list of 100 companies identified, the Ranking highlights the overall top performing 20 companies and the top three businesses per country. A total of 11 territories are covered in this robust research – mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand (more information in Annex 2).

The Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking is part of the channel’s initiative under its larger Corporate Social Responsibility project, Changing Lives. The focus for this year — Business and Philanthropy in Asia — highlights the importance for today’s businesses to take the lead in propelling social change and progress in Asia. The Ranking urges businesses in the region to find the balance among their economic, social and environmental responsibilities in their operations.

Ms Hidayah Ong, Head of Mediacorp’s News Segment, says, “Amidst the competitive and busy corporate climate in Asia, this Ranking serves to help businesses benchmark themselves against some of the best in the industry. It spotlights companies that are successful in corporate sustainability and urges action from others. We hope that such initiatives play a pivotal role in driving change.”

Mr Michael Jantzi, CEO of Sustainalytics, says, “Over the past few years, the consideration of ESG factors has gained significant momentum throughout Asia. This Ranking has added to the dialogue, bringing more attention to the importance of company ESG issues. We congratulate the companies included in this year’s Ranking for providing comprehensive sustainability information to their stakeholders.”

Mr Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia said, “This ranking enables companies and their stakeholders to benchmark performance with respect to sustainability. Bold and effective leadership — from business, government and individuals — is needed to drive the sustainability agenda forward in Asia Pacific. Indices like the Ranking are an important tool to assess which companies are looking to become regional and global leaders.”

The Ranking is available online at (top 20 companies in Annex 1).

CSR Asia Summit 2016

The Ranking is unveiled at the CSR Asia Summit, one of the largest CSR conferences in the region. The Summit brings together a unique mix of business, government and civil society stakeholders to address pressing concerns and understand important emerging trends.

Channel NewsAsia’s Hong Kong Bureau Chief Roland Lim moderates two forums during the Summit. The first, titled “The Asian Corporate Sustainability Leaders” takes a closer look at the Ranking and speaks to leaders from top-ranking companies on their approaches to incorporating sustainability in their business models. The panelists are, Professor Christine Chow, Associate Director of Hermes EOS; Ms Erin Lyon, Executive Director of CSR Asia; and Mr Hardik Sanjay Shah, Sector Manager of Research Products at Sustainalytics.

The second forum, “Sustainability-Driven Innovation” explores how leading companies can push beyond their business-as-usual protocols and innovation boundaries to reap the benefits of products and services that create social and environmental good. The panelists include Ms Diana Escoda, Asia Pacific R&D Vice President of The Coca Cola Company; Ms Pascale Guiffant, Sustainable Development and Reputation Deputy Director of Suez Environment; and Mr Rory Hunter, Chairman and CEO of Song Saa Resorts.

As part of the channel’s outreach efforts in supporting and heightening awareness of sustainable practices, Channel NewsAsia collaborated with KBZ Bank from Myanmar on an exclusive documentary production, Water for Life. The documentary highlights the work of KBZ Bank’s foundation in ensuring clean water access for local communities and was telecast on Channel NewsAsia in June this year. The partnership between Channel NewsAsia and KBZ Bank will be displayed at the Summit.

About Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999 by Mediacorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. Positioned to “Understand Asia”, it reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C., London and Brussels.

The channel is complemented by an online presence at, and social media services like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000. It is now viewed in 28 territories across Asia with its satellite footprint stretching across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.

Mediacorp is a Singapore-based media company with a complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, digital and out-of-home media.

For more information, please visit Channel NewsAsia’s website at

About CSR Asia

CSR Asia is a mission-driven business creating value for clients and partners in Asia by supporting responsible, inclusive and sustainable business. Our services include sustainability strategy and reporting, and development and community investment. We deliver value through our advisory, networks, events and intelligence. CSR Asia has 6 offices globally and staff members have multidisciplinary expertise across sectors and in local markets. Committed to creating positive change, CSR Asia provides access to a knowledge bank of accessible reports and articles as well as events, forums and training. For more information, visit

About Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics is an independent ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis firm supporting investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. With 15 offices globally, Sustainalytics partners with institutional investors who integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Today, the firm has more than 300 staff members, including 170 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise of more than 40 sectors. Through the IRRI survey, investors selected Sustainalytics as the best independent responsible investment research firm for three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014 and in 2015, Sustainalytics was named among the top three firms for both ESG and Corporate Governance research. For more information, visit


2016 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking: Top 20 performing companies

Overall Ranking

Company Name




Wipro Ltd.




City Developments Limited


Real Estate


Lite-On Technology Corp.




Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.

South Korea

Transportation & Logistics


Qisda Corporation




United Microelectronics Corporation




Infosys Ltd.




Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.




Calsonic Kansei Corporation


Transportation & Logistics


NEC Corp.




Coway Co., Ltd.

South Korea

Consumer Goods & Services


S-Oil Corp.

South Korea

Energy & Utilities


Tech Mahindra Limited




PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited




Siam Cement Public Co. Ltd.




Inpex Corporation


Energy & Utilities


Kao Corp.


Household & Personal Products


Konica Minolta, Inc.




Unilever Indonesia tbk PT


Household & Personal Products


Lenovo Group Ltd.

Hong Kong


For the full of list of the Top 100 companies as well as more information about each company, please visit


2016 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking?
The Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking is an exclusive ranking that identifies regional leaders in corporate sustainability. The Ranking lists the top 100 sustainable companies in Asia and highlights the top 20 Asian companies as well as the top three companies in each economy.

Territories covered in the ranking include mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Who are the partners involved with the Ranking?
The Ranking is a joint initiative between:

Channel NewsAsia: an English-language Asian television news channel, reporting on global developments with Asian perspectives;
CSR Asia: a leading provider of advisory, research and training services on sustainable business practices; and
Sustainalytics: a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research to institutional investors.
How are the companies selected for the Ranking?
The Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking focuses on Asian companies that are publicly listed on major indices, across the 11 key economies listed above. The companies featured among the top 100 were selected on the basis of their performance across a broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators tracked by Sustainalytics. These companies rank at the top of their respective industries and among other companies in their region in areas such as environmental initiatives, impact on local communities, treatment of employees and supply-chain management.

Covering a diverse set of industries, the top 100 companies must demonstrate strong public disclosure on company-wide ESG management and performance. All companies have been screened for their level of complicity in major controversies to determine the degree of severity and their accountability.

Sustainalytics’ analysts use a Best-of-Sector™ methodology to compare companies within a given sector to industry best practices. Each company’s ESG assessment undergoes a rigorous internal peer review process, before being finalised.

Can companies review Sustainalytics’ assessment of their ESG performance?
As part of the research and due diligence process, all eligible companies were notified by mid-July and given an opportunity to review and verify Sustainalytics’ assessment of their ESG performance. Approximately 40% of the companies responded. Information provided after the ranking was assembled could not be taken into consideration.

Companies interested in learning more about Sustainalytics’ assessment of their ESG performance are welcome to contact:

What sources are used to research a company’s ESG performance?
Sustainalytics’ research process includes a thorough examination of sources from around the world including: annual reports, financial reports, CSR reports, CSR websites, news releases, online databases, government sources, NGO research and direct communication with key stakeholders. Sustainalytics also monitors roughly 55,000 news sources from around the world and assesses those news items that may be significant from an ESG perspective.

When and how will the Ranking be announced?
The Ranking is launched at the annual CSR Asia Summit on 28 September 2016. CSR Asia will contact the companies about their inclusion in the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking and address related inquiries.

As the pre-eminent English-language news source in Asia, Channel NewsAsia plays a crucial role in promoting the Ranking within the region and beyond. Channel NewsAsia provides regular programming related to the Ranking, highlighting regional leaders in corporate responsibility, and featuring insights from CSR Asia and Sustainalytics’ ESG experts.

How can companies learn more about sustainability?
Following the launch of the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking, CSR Asia and Sustainalytics will offer support and services to companies who would like to learn more about sustainability research, competitor benchmarking and sustainability market intelligence. To find out more about these services, please visit the Sustainalytics website or contact: or

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September 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

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Independent Research Firm Recognizes Epsilon’s Digital Messaging Platform Agility Harmony with Highest Score for Current Offering

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Epsilon® today announced that it was named a Leader in the “The Forrester Wave™: Email Marketing Service Providers, Q3 2016” by Forrester Research, Inc., which evaluated Epsilon’s Agility Harmony digital messaging platform.

The report stated, “Epsilon’s study-leading current offering shows off one of the most flexible technology platforms, balanced with excellent campaign operations, technology, strategy and creative services. As one client reference explains, this blend works well for demanding enterprise firms: ‘We are not an easy client. But Epsilon has met our every need with care and operational excellence.’ Here’s to Epsilon maintaining this dedication as it extends its strategic charter to include building brand strategy and digital experiences for clients.”

Epsilon received the top score in the Current Offering category, which assessed technology services, creative and strategic service offerings as well as globalization and customer satisfaction. The evaluation ranked Epsilon’s personalization, usability, queries and segmentation, predictive analysis, global account support, distributed business model support, globalization and security with the highest scores possible (5.0). Epsilon also received the highest scores possible for global footprint and customer retention, and the second highest score given in the Strategy category.

For the full report “The Forrester Wave™: Email Marketing Service Providers, Q3 2016” click here.

Forrester Research’s evaluation included a review of ten email service providers. To gain feedback on vendors and the market, Forrester also conducted phone interviews with 27 customer references and surveyed an additional 63 via an online survey.

About Epsilon

Epsilon is a global leader in creating connections between people and brands. An all-encompassing global marketing company, we harness the power of rich data, groundbreaking technologies, engaging creative and transformative ideas to get the results our clients require. Recognized by Ad Age as the #1 World’s Largest CRM/Direct Marketing Network, #1 Largest U.S. Agency from All Disciplines and #1 Largest U.S. Mobile Marketing Agency, Epsilon employs over 7,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. Epsilon is an Alliance Data company. Epsilon International is an operating unit of Epsilon, with local offices in Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, U.K., France, Germany and Ireland. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @EpsilonAPAC, LinkedIn or email to

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September 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

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