Best Corporate Citizen Award
From left to right: Sajeewa Wickramasinghe, Senior Manager – Sales Promotions & Sponsorships; Ruwan Welikala, Vice President – Ambient Dairy; Priyadarshinie Karunaratne, Vice President – Food; Rovina Vandersay, Senior Executive – People Development; Damitha Kulatunga, Senior Manager – Public Affairs; Shamara Dunusinghe, Senior Manager – Agri Services; Olington Fernando, Senior Manager – Factory Controller; Enoca Sirimanne, Vice President – Human Resources; Shivani Hegde, Managing Director; Samantha Mendis, Senior Manager – Corporate Communications; Bandula Egodage, Vice President – Corporate Affairs & Communications; Jagath Wedage, Vice President – Sales; Shashiprabha Sooriyarachchi, Head of Regulatory Affairs; Chamili Senanayake, Manager – Nutrition, Health & Wellness; Neluka Wikramanayake, Assistant Manager – Corporate Communications; Radhini De Costa, Assistant Vice President – Marketing Services.’
We were crowned Best Corporate Citizen in the Manufacturing Sector for the second consecutive year at the prestigious Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2018, organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. We were also awarded as one of the top three Best Corporate Citizens in the country, with an overall second runners-up win. We won four awards in total, including the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizen’s Award for the sixth year and Best Presented Application Award for the second consecutive year.
Shivani Hegde, Managing Director receiving an award from JD Bandaranayake, Former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Looking on are Alikie Perera, Deputy Secretary General / Financial Controller of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, and Duminda Hulangamuwa, Board Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.’
We have been in the 10 Best Corporate Citizens list for five years before, where our company won the Manufacturing sector and Triple Bottom Line - Social Sustainability (People) Awards, Customer/Consumer Relations Award, Best Presented Application Award in 2017; Employee Relations Category Award in 2006, 2007 and 2011; Customer and Supplier Relations Awards and a Certificate of Merit for Dairy Development in the previously conflict ridden North and East regions in 2011, the first runner up in 2007 and the coveted 'Best Corporate Citizen' title in both 2008 and 2011.
The Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards are widely considered Sri Lanka’s highest corporate honour. It recognises the best contributors to the local economy and community as well the best performers in corporate sustainability. Submissions are evaluated by a highly respected panel of local experts, academics and thought leaders, as well as representatives from IFC (International Finance Corporation), the World Bank, USAID (United States Agency for International Development), The Colombo Plan Secretariat, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), and ILO (International Labour Organisation).