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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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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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Artisanal Spanish Cuisine Comes To LTITUDE Restaurant

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-Resorts World Genting takes gourmets on a rustic dining experience.
GENTING HIGHLANDS, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Michelin Star Chef Francesc Rovira Canudas from the acclaimed La Fonda Xesc in Girona, Spain is set to delight diners at LTITUDE Restaurant, Genting Grand Hotel, Resorts World Genting in October 2016.

Michelin Star Chef Francesc Rovira Canudas
Michelin Star Chef Francesc Rovira Canudas
The Executive Chef will be creating a special menu which will showcase the flavours and finesse that earned him his star in 2009. The six-course degustation dinner, to be held on 7 and 8 October 2016 will introduce diners to the farm-to-table concept that La Fonda Xesc has become known for.

Unlike the chic sophistication of most Michelin-starred restaurants, La Fonda Xesc has made a name for itself for replacing sophistication with simplicity and authenticity where rural, farmhouse style food is transformed into a hearty, Spanish Soul Food with a highly accomplished twist.

Chef Rovira has made full use of his family’s mountain farming ancestry to present full-bodied, wholesome and sometimes surprising versions of foods which have been eaten in his region for centuries. “My mother cooked consistently for 12 people at our farmhouse. I still remember the pot hanging over the fire, dry potatoes with bacon, lettuce from the garden and days of butchering. I worked weekends at La Fonda when I was still studying, and chose the kitchen since I did not like serving in the dining room. I did not like to cook back then, but I understood the need, and I helped,” confided Rovira.

When he finished high school, there was no compulsion for him to continue academically and so he joined his mother in the kitchen. However, he soon realised how lacking his abilities were when compared to his mother who was an “excellent cook of cannelloni, chicken casserole and rabbit with crayfish”. This spurred him on to Escola d’Hosteleria de Barcelona where he embarked on his first real steps to cuisine and dining. After work experience in Barcelona, and several placements in France, he began taking home techniques and ideas to the family kitchen, and was soon introducing new dishes to the Bed & Breakfast which the family ran. When La Fonda Xesc was passed down to Rovira and his sister Dolors, the farmhouse inn became a restaurant with his personal touch, infused with the flavours of his mother’s Catalan cuisine.

It is this earthy, complex blend of tastes and textures that has made visitors brave the long journey to the remote village of Gombren tucked away high in the Pyrenean hills where La Fonda Xesc, a historic house which dates back to the 1730s, is located. At the restaurant Rovira offers local cuisine, simple and full of flavour, with produce based on the area, made in keeping with traditional recipes.

For two nights only, guests will be able to be transported into this delectable tableau of flavours when Chef Rovira recreates the magic of La Fonda Xesc at LTITUDE Restaurant. His six-course menu will begin with an amuse bouche of langoustine, basil and soy, followed by a cold tomato and crab soup with cream cheese, herring eggs, coriander and ginger. Lobster with seasonal vegetables, wild mushrooms and saffron will serve as the entree, with a main course (fish) of sea bass, zucchini, peach, grape and fennel. The meat course is an artisanal beef and pork burger with chard, mustard and a Valdubon wine sauce. Dessert will highlight Spain’s heady freixenet cava with red berries, lychees and lemon verbena.

As fitting a chef inspired by avant garde Catalan maestro chefs Santi Santamaria and Xavier Pellicer, expect cuisine with a personalised, spontaneous feel, rooted in the deep traditions of Spanish cuisine, and elevated to unimagined heights of mastery.

For bookings or more information, please call 603-61059740. Limited seats are available for this dinner and reservations are required.

If you have any queries or in need of further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the following persons:

Irene Chua, Assistant Manager Public Relations, 603 – 6105 9447
Nur Darwisyah, Senior Media Relations Executive, 603 – 2333 6679

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September 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

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