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Influential Brands Recognises Leading Asian Businesses That Demonstrates Outstanding Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 11 January 2021 – In a year where the shock of pandemic has caused small enterprises and prominent businesses alike to put up the shutters, Influential Brands® conferred recognition on brands that stood strong in their commitment to excellence.

 

Backed by an extensive survey conducted in July 2020 with the participation of 1,500 consumers, 15 companies are named the “2020 Asia’s Top Influential Brands”. The study showed that during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers gravitated towards brands that are available across multiple digital channels and are perceived as value for money. In categories with intense competition, brands with cross-generational appeal, for instance NTUC FairPrice, ultimately topped their categories.

 

The 15 companies among others cited by consumers as their preferred choices are AIA (Asia), Adidas (Singapore), Angliss Singapore (Singapore), AOX (Singapore), Beijing Tong Ren Tang (Asia), Chow Tai Fook (Asia), Decathlon Singapore (Singapore), EB Frozen Food (Malaysia), Everbest Soya Bean (Malaysia), Häagen-Dazs (Singapore), IG Group (Singapore), NTUC FairPrice (Singapore), NTUC LearningHub (Singapore), POKKA (Singapore), PropertyGuru Group (Asia).

 

At a time where the labour market is faced with great uncertainty and employee morale is at an all-time low,  Lazada (Asia), KFC (Singapore), Pizza Hut (Singapore) and PKF (Singapore) are crowned “2020 Asia’s Top Employers” based on an anonymous survey of more than 10,000 employees. The awardees surpassed industry standards in having meaningful employee engagement, strong alignment between employee and company culture and relevant HR practices in this digital age. The company culture and employee engagement audit was conducted in collaboration with aAdvantage Consulting firm, Influential Brand’s research partner.

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BUSINESS LEADERS WINNING STRATEGIES AND ADAPTATION TO THE NEW NORM

“For FairPrice, we embrace technologies that are transformative, progressive and forward-looking, which are essential for us to remain relevant to those we serve. FairPrice will continue to invest on both online as well as physical stores as we improve the customer journey and also make it as seamless as possible for the customers regardless of the platform they choose.” said Mr Seah Kian Peng, Group CEO, FairPrice Group.

 

“The physical presence is still very essential for customers. As human beings, we want to connect with others, and our experience store is meant for that. Our store advisors have no objectives to sell more or promote the expensive items, but our approach is really about authenticity and sincerity, to be friends and family members to our customers.” said Mr Nils Swolkien, Managing Director of Decathlon Singapore.

 

On catering to different market needs, Ms Rieko Shofu, Group Chief Executive Officer of Pokka Singapore said, “Recognising the trend that consumers are now more health conscious, we have expedited our innovation to develop healthier drinks. As a brand that exports to more than 60 countries worldwide, it is critical for us to understand and adapt to the differences in consumer preferences, lifestyle and market conditions”.

 

Ms Angel Ding, Managing Director of Angliss Singapore said, “The pandemic has caused a sharp decline of 30% of our business.  Angliss Singapore pivoted towards expanding a new business model (B2C). Angliss Singapore transformed from a leading distributor of premium gourmet brands to also include serving the end consumers directly, by supplying them with quality and fresh ingredients to prepare meals. “Our company’s vision of serving those who serve great food continues to be a driver for Angliss Singapore, to be a gamer-changer and a trusted brand in the industry.”

 

Mr Magnus Ekbom, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Lazada said, “In these times, we need to rely on our experience and capabilities that we have built overtime. In addition, we recognise that our people have phenomenal capabilities and will do things that you wouldn’t believe was possible if you just empower them, let them take ownership, responsibility, and see things through.”

 

On the note of the future’s plans and outlook, Mr. Hari V. Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of PropertyGuru said, “We have been really tested this year, but our team has been found to have a tremendous amount of resilience and unity.  Besides our team, our customers and investors are stakeholders that we focus on and we are glad that all three have really shown a lot of trust in us. If they are going to show that kind of faith in us in a year like this, I have confidence for the future.”

About INFLUENTIAL BRANDS®

Influential Brands® is a think-tank, research and business recognition platform to celebrate “Champion of Excellence”.

 

Deeply embedded in our beliefs, is the need to foster a culture that honours the exemplary practices of leading brands in Asia, as well as their commitment to distinction.  We delight in rejoicing with organisations over their successful brand efforts that have added value and left significant impression in their respective industries. Through this, we hope to contribute to the knowledge pool of best practices so that companies can produce quality and meaningful brands that influence and impact our environment, living standard, lifestyles and future.

 

The Influential Brands family of brands comprises global and regional brands from more than 15 countries worldwide.

 

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Sustainalytics Launches its Principal Adverse Impact Data Solution

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Firm's Solution Helps Investors to Meet the SFDR Requirements

AMSTERDAM, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company and a globally-recognized provider of ESG research, ratings and data, today launched its Principal Adverse Impact (PAI) Data Solution, an ESG dataset with rich corporate- and sovereign-level research that aligns with the current PAI indicators. The European Union's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), which takes partial effect on March 10, 2021, introduces new rules for how investment managers need to incorporate and disclose sustainability risks and factors. With Sustainalytics' PAI Data Solution, investment managers can identify and understand the adverse sustainability impacts of their investments to fulfill the SFDR requirements.

Sustainalytics is a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis.

The SFDR requires fund managers to classify their funds as grey, light green, or dark green, requiring changes to product documentation and marketing materials, with stringent reporting requirements for green funds. Specifically, investment managers will need to report on how they assess whether portfolio companies comply with global standards, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In addition, investment managers will be required to disclose how their investments may negatively impact sustainability factors or the principal adverse impacts of their investments. Leveraging Sustainalytics' PAI Data Solution, investment managers have access to a wide range of indicators and metrics to support them with their mandatory entity-level PAI reporting as well as product-level periodic reporting.

To fully comply with all the various SFDR requirements, investment managers will need a comprehensive set of ESG research solutions to identify and manage both ESG risks and potential adverse sustainability impacts. Sustainalytics' Client Advisory team can guide investors on the diverse requirements, helping them to find the right ESG research solutions to meet their firm-wide needs. The PAI Data Solution complements and builds on Sustainalytics' established, high-quality ESG research that already currently aligns to the remainder of the SFDR requirements.

“Given the multifaceted aspects of the SFDR regulation, investors need a holistic, consistent approach to ESG across the entire investment value chain,” said Anne Schoemaker, Sustainalytics' Associate Director of Product Strategy and Development. “With Sustainalytics' PAI Data Solution, investors can count on robust data coverage, trustworthy research, and flexible reporting capabilities to respond to the various regulatory requirements. We look forward to working with investors at every step of their compliance journey.”

In addition to Sustainalytics' PAI Data solution, the firm also offers an EU Taxonomy Solution and an EU Benchmarks Solution. To learn more about Sustainalytics' EU Action Plan Solutions, please click here. To register for our SFDR webinar on March 18, please click here.  

About Sustainalytics
Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company, is a leading ESG research, ratings and data firm that supports investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. For more than 25 years, the firm has been at the forefront of developing high-quality, innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of global investors. Today, Sustainalytics works with hundreds of the world's leading asset managers and pension funds who incorporate ESG and corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Sustainalytics also works with hundreds of companies and their financial intermediaries to help them consider sustainability in policies, practices and capital projects. With 16 offices globally, Sustainalytics has more than 800 staff members, including more than 300 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise across more than 40 industry groups. For more information, visit www.sustainalytics.com.

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Lightwave Logic to Attend 33rd Annual ROTH Conference

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Lightwave Logic, Inc. (OTCQX: LWLG), a technology platform company leveraging its proprietary electro-optic polymers to transmit data at higher speeds with less power, today announced that management will attend the 33rd Annual ROTH Conference, taking place virtually March 15-17, 2021.

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Michael Lebby and President Jim Marcelli will host one-on-one meetings with investors throughout the event.

Conference participation is by invitation only and registration is mandatory. For more information on the conference or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, please contact your ROTH representative.

About Lightwave Logic, Inc.

Lightwave Logic, Inc. (OTCQX: LWLG) is developing a platform leveraging its proprietary engineered electro-optic (EO) polymers to transmit data at higher speeds with less power. The Company's high-activity and high-stability organic polymers allow Lightwave Logic to create next-generation photonic EO devices, which convert data from electrical signals into optical signals, for applications in data communications and telecommunications markets. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.lightwavelogic.com.

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Investor Relations Contact: 

Greg Falesnik or Luke Zimmerman 
MZ Group – MZ North America 
949-385-6449 
[email protected] 
www.mzgroup.us 

 

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More US Professionals Donate to Hunger, Homelessness, Education, and Social and Racial Equity Causes Through the Workplace, Says New Deloitte Survey

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NEW YORK, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

Key takeaways

  • Thirty-seven percent of professionals took advantage of workplace giving programs in 2020, and most said they were motivated by the opportunity to donate to the specific causes they care about.
  • Hunger, homelessness, education, and social and racial equity were causes that more respondents donated to in 2020 compared to 2019, demonstrating how the pandemic and public demand to address racial inequity are impacting donations.
  • Young professionals are emerging as enthusiastic workplace donors and increasing their donations year-over-year more than those in other age groups.

Why this matters

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak and calls for racial justice over the past year, many U.S. professionals — who by and large choose to give independently — are taking the opportunity to support social causes that are meaningful to them through a workplace giving program, according to a new external survey from Deloitte of more than 1,000 U.S. working professionals who donated in the last year.

Key quote

“While most professionals choose to give through channels outside of work, providing giving opportunities through a workplace giving program can be an important part of the toolset for companies to show their support for workers who want to make an impact that matters. This is particularly true when workplace giving programs reflect the societal causes and commitments their people are looking to support.”

Doug Marshall, managing director, corporate citizenship, Deloitte Services LP

Donation behaviors and motivators
According to the survey, just 37% of professionals who donated in 2020 leveraged a workplace giving program. Among professionals who did not give through a workplace program, 45% said they were already regular donors to a cause or organization outside of their employer's program — the No. 1 reason for not using workplace giving programs. Another 17% cited a lack of awareness that such a program existed at their company, demonstrating there may be a need for communication between employers and professionals about workplace giving options available to them.

Professionals say having the opportunity to donate to specific causes and organizations they care about (36%) and donation matching by their employer (22%) would motivate them to donate through a workplace giving program. As for what drives professionals to donate overall, the top two reasons cited are to support a mission that is important to advancing their community and society (57%) and supporting a mission that they or someone they know is personally connected with (51%). To make workplace giving programs more valuable, companies have an opportunity to create programs that align with professionals' charitable interests and the causes that are most meaningful to them.

Impact of COVID-19 and top donation causes
During a year where COVID-19 forced millions of Americans out of work along with public demand for racial and social justice, ensuing issues were reflected in donation trends. The top social causes to which professionals donated through a workplace giving program in 2020 were: hunger and homelessness (47%); education (23%); social and racial equity (20%); and specific COVID-19 relief efforts (19%), such as personal protective equipment (PPE), economic recovery, and financial support for essential worker. The percentage of professionals giving to the first three causes was up double digits in comparison to donations these professionals made in 2019, while COVID-19 relief was a new category. 

And while the pandemic has led many people to cut back on discretionary spending — according to Deloitte's real-time “State of the Consumer Tracker” — our workplace giving survey shows that for many it has not impacted their charitable giving. In fact, 74% of respondents who donated through a workplace program donated the same amount or more in 2020 compared to 2019. This number rose to 80% for professionals donating independently.

Gen Z and millennial workplace donors
Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of young professionals aged 18-34 gave through a workplace program in 2020, compared to only 37% of all professional donors. When asked how the COVID-19 pandemic and its recession impacted their workplace giving, 35% of young professionals said they increased their donations, compared to 28% of all professionals.

Gen Z and millennial professionals supported racial and social equity significantly more than older professionals — with 36% of those aged 18-34 donating to the cause, compared to 12% of professionals aged 55 and above. Additionally, 31% of young professionals gave specifically to COVID-19 relief efforts through workplace giving programs, compared to 19% of professionals overall. Employers have an opportunity to continue engaging these young donors as they move up within their organizations.

The future of giving
“It's inspiring to see that more young professionals were able to leverage their workplace giving programs to donate to causes including COVID-19 and racial and social equity over the last year,” said Marshall. “Looking ahead, employers have a real opportunity to ensure their workplace giving programs are broad enough to align with professionals' charitable interests and also flexible enough to help advance important relevant social causes.”

About the survey
The “2021 Deloitte Workplace Giving Survey” explores workplace donation behaviors of and the value of employer-sponsored giving programs. The sample for the survey was 1,010 employed U.S. professionals who have donated in the last year. Fieldwork was conducted between Dec. 18 – 28, 2020, using an online survey.

About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Now celebrating 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte's more than 330,000 people worldwide connect for impact at www.deloitte.com.

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