Archive | July, 2018

Aitken Spence Printing Leads Industry with Carbon Neutrality

23 Jul

Image 001: Mr. Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director Aitken Spence Printing & Packaging (Pvt) Ltd receiving the Carbon Neutral Certificate from Mr. Sanith de S. Wijeratne, CEO / Strategic Planning & Communications – Carbon Consulting Company (CCC)

 

Image 002: Mr. Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director Aitken Spence Printing & Packaging (Pvt) Ltd receiving the ISO certificate from Dr. Lakmini Senadheera, Senior Technical Consultant – Verification & Quality Assurance – Sustainable Future Group (SFG)

 

Industry leader Aitken Spence Printing renewed its carbon neutral certification for the fourth consecutive year. The company was the first carbon neutral printing facility operator in South Asia. In accordance with the related requirements of The Carbon Neutral Protocol for the stated activity, the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are measured and has reduced to net zero through internal changes and/or externally through carbon credits/offsets.

Aitken Spence Printing minimises its environmental impacts through a comprehensive environmental management system.

“Globally, a growing number of customers seek to minimise their environmental footprint of the products they purchase. We are positioned as a preferred print solutions provider to leading global and local brands who seek to maintain the highest quality of their products while having a responsible supply chain, which their customers increasingly demand”, said Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Printing.

The methodology undertaken to measure and reduce GHG emissions assessment is in accordance with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) GHG Protocol and ISO 14064-1 Standard, and externally verified in accordance with The Carbon Neutral Protocol and ISO 14064-3 Standard.

The Carbon Neutral Certification is given by The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) which is a Sri Lankan consultancy firm specialising in providing integrated sustainability business solutions.  Carbon credits used were retired from mini hydropower projects in Sri Lanka.

Alongside receiving the carbon neutral certification, Aitken Spence Printing obtained the ISO 14064-1 certification for the period August 2017 – August 2019 by a total direct and indirect carbon emission of 1,321 tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (CO2e). The ISO 14064 standard (published in 2006) is part of the ISO 14000 series of International Standards for environmental management. The ISO 14064 standard provides governments, businesses, regions and other organisations with a complimentary set of tools for programs to quantify, monitor, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions.

Aitken Spence Printing obtained the certification upon the successful completion of the auditing process by Sustainable Future Group (SFG) – SFG provides accreditation and verification services and is accredited by the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) who is a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Aitken Spence Printing is Sri Lanka’s leading printer that was the first LEED Gold certified printing facility in South Asia and was recognised for the fourth consecutive year as the industry’s best, by winning the Gold award in the Printing and Related Services category at the National Business Excellence Awards 2017.

The Company has pioneered many innovative benchmarks and enriched the industry with sought after professionals over six decades. Aitken Spence Printing offer a range of services from packaging, publications, magazines, seasonal products such as calendars and diaries; and caters to a wide range of industries such as tea, apparel, FMCG and pharmaceutical. Operating in a fiercely competitive industry, Aitken Spence Printing enjoys a leading market share in the printing industry of Sri Lanka. The company was also the first LEED-certified, carbon neutral printing facility operator in South Asia.

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Aitken Spence Spreads Good Waste Management Practices

23 Jul

More than 100 Aitken Spence staff volunteered to spread awareness of good waste management practices among businesses and residents, while cleaning up the Vauxhall Street neighbourhood in Colombo on Saturday, close to where the company is headquartered.

Several teams belonging to hotels, travels, maritime services & shipping, cargo, insurance, plantations, financial services, property management, elevator agency and aviation business sectors operating from Aitken Spence Towers on Vauxhall Street stretched across Vauxhall Street and the neighbouring Beira Lake boundary to clean up waste and educate local residents and businesses on best practices in waste management.

Aitken Spence is the reigning winner of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability award while being the only company in Sri Lanka to be ranked as a “Best Corporate Citizen” by Sri Lanka’s leading chamber for 12 consecutive years.

Staff of Aitken Spence engaged in conversations with residents and businesses in the area about methods to better manage waste. The volunteers distributed awareness posters and in some cases helped local businesses put up the posters at their premises.

“As a business we continuously attempt to share our best practices with our neighbouring communities wherever we operate. It is evident in our longstanding relationships with local communities across Sri Lanka and beyond where we try to partner for greater good” said Dr. Rohan M Fernando, Director and Head of Business Development & Plantations of Aitken Spence PLC.

“I would like to thank all the employees who took their valuable time on Saturday morning to emphasize the importance of waste management and clean neighbourhoods by engaging proactively with our neighbouring community in Colombo”, he added.

Sustainability professionals of Aitken Spence conducted awareness workshops for tenants and staff of the YWCA at its premises, as well as for contracted janitorial and security staff at Aitken Spence Towers office complex.

The initiative was in support of the “No Kunu” movement which aims to build better waste management practices in Colombo.