Aitken Spence Commences 150 yrs Celebrations with Religious Blessings

30 Nov

Aitken Spence inaugurated its 150th Anniversary Celebrations with a religious blessings ceremony that commenced on Friday, 30th November. The ceremony was held at Aitken Spence Towers in Colombo with the participation of senior religious leaders, board of directors, senior management and long-standing staff.

The religious blessings were invoked by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Venerable Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thero, Ven. Monaragala Pagnayalankara Thero. Shri Luxmikantha Jegatheesa Kurukkal, Sheikh Arkam Nooramith, Rev. Fr. Deninton Subasinghe, Rev. Fr. Placidus De Silva, Rev. Fr. Felician and Rev. Sr. Selinta.

To mark the 150th year anniversary, lighting of the oil lamp by the distinguished guests followed by sacred blessings recited by the respective religious leaders that were present at the ceremony. Deshamanya D H S Jayawardena, Chairman of Aitken Spence PLC pinned the 15o years badge on the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Mr. J M S Brito.  Following the unveiling of the 150 years logo at the lobby of the building, board of directors to the celebratory cutting of the cake marking the occasion, that was produced by award-winning chefs from Aitken Spence Hotels.

“Over the course of its history Aitken Spence has continued to adapt to an unprecedented variety of changes that are taking place in our industries, economies and societies, while growing both locally and globally. We will take this company to even greater heights in the near future” stated Aitken Spence Chairman D H S  Jayawardena.

“I would like to say that we are 150 years young. Our youthfulness shall enable us not only to understand the plethora factors locally and globally affecting business today, but to address its risks and exploit its opportunities, to keep moving Aitken Spence forward, as we have done for 150 years”, said J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

To conclude the ceremony, the Executive Director and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Private) Limited and Director of Aitken Spence Aviation (Pvt) Ltd., Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena gave the final closing remarks; “As we conclude this inaugural ceremony of the 150-year celebration, let us remember that the path ahead is bound to be ever more exciting and it is up to all of us, sitting here to paint the future with the brightest of colours of success. Let us not forget that no task worthwhile has come easy and let us continue a forward march to enrich this legacy of our past with our very own successes.”

Over the century and a half, the journey of Aitken Spence has created many benchmarks, pioneering endeavours and a reputation of integrity. In the recent Best Corporate Citizen Award 2018 organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Aitken Spence was the coveted winner for the second consecutive year and among the top 10 corporate citizens for an unprecedented 13th consecutive year.

Aitken Spence is a blue-chip conglomerate with a strong regional presence in the Hotels, Travels, Maritime Services, Logistic Solutions, Plantations, Power Generation, Financial Outsourcing, Insurance, IT, Printing and Apparel sectors.

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Aitken Spence Travels brings 24 charters from the UK

29 Nov

Aitken Spence Travels is attracting the only charter flight operation from the UK to Sri Lanka this season, with 24 flights scheduled from early November 2018 to 30th April 2019. The charter operated by TUI UK will see a Thomson Airways 300-seat Dreamliner bringing in tourists from the UK over the course of six months.

Holidaymakers will be accommodated in beach resorts from Waikkala to Hikkaduwa and the round tour clients will be accommodated in several hotels in the Cultural Triangle, Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya.

The charter operation is expected to generate more than 50,000 room nights to hotels in Sri Lanka during the season, giving a significant boost to the industry’s demand from the UK. As the official ground handler, Aitken Spence Travels will be organizing logistics, transport, accommodation and tours of all the travellers.

The first flight which landed on Wednesday 7th November was warmly welcomed by Aitken Spence Travels at the Bandaranaike International Airport with traditional dancers & lotus flower welcome.

This is the third consecutive year that Aitken Spence Travels has attracted the large charter operation from the UK. Previous to last year, the last charter from the UK market was in 2010. Since then it has taken much effort and dedication to convince the charter operators to resume their flights back to Sri Lanka considering the aggressive competition posed by competing destinations.

Tourist arrivals from the UK has shown steady growth over the last few years, growing by 41 per cent in 2018 the country recorded a total of 205,377 visotors from UK against 166,489 visitors in 2017 by end October.

“Aitken Spence Travels is the only destination management company in Sri Lanka to handle a charter from the UK. This is due to our longstanding partnership with TUI, a global giant in the tourism industry. A great amount of effort was made over the year to secure the charter for the third consecutive year despite tremendous competition from other destinations. Our commitment, consistency in service and agility displayed during the charter operation last year helped us secure the charter for Sri Lanka this year. Sri Lanka as a tourist destination needs to be promoted more aggressively among the UK public in order to capitalize on the efforts made by industry players”, said Prasanjit Perera, Vice President, Aitken Spence Travels.

A perfectly crafted season with Aitken Spence Hotels

28 Nov

The magic of the month of December comes wrapped in a nip in the air, the familiar aromas of Christmas trees and gingerbread, the clatter of pans in the kitchen, in the deep red of mulled wine and the sparkles of décor that line every nook and corner. It is a time of rejoicing, of celebrating loved ones and happiness and the memories of a year gone by.

Amidst the beloved chaos of the season, Aitken Spence Hotels presents a carefully curated season for you – our treasured guests –  to make your holiday a special one. The hotels will unfold a spectacular season with exceptional culinary treats, generous gifting options, bespoke accommodation packages and an impressive heralding of a new year.

 

Heritance Negombo

Closest to Colombo, the bustling city of Negombo will be lit up in festive splendour with the array of events hosted at Heritance Negombo. A Goodie Hut featuring freshly baked cakes, cookies and seasonal treats that will open its gingerbread doors on 16 December at the Swiss Bakery at The Banyan, located across the hotel will set the tone for a tummy-full season. From 15-30 December, a festive afternoon tea session will be hosted at the See Lounge, promising an incredible start to the year.

Among the celebrations set for guests, one can enjoy a festive evening by the street at the Banyan and a celebratory dinner buffet at Bluetan on Christmas eve. On December 25th, guests can enjoy a sumptuous Christmas lunch buffet and a Santalicious dinner at Bluetan, and mini lunch buffet at Mad Dogs. Continuing the festivities, the hotel will host gourmet dinners from 26th to 30th of this month at the Bluetan.

To bid adieu to a year gone by, the hotel will host a new year’s feast at Mad Dog followed by a gala dinner at the Bluetan lawn. A new year’s bash is in store at the Rouge in Banyan to begin the year with a memorable celebration.

 

Heritance Kandalama

The eco-hotel, Heritance Kandalama has a bunch of exciting deals for the season including cocktail deals, seasonal high tea at the Sun Deck and rejuvenating treatments at the Coco spa.

The hotel will also host a goodie hut from 15th December onwards along with ‘gold hamper’, a seasonal basket of deliciousness. The hotel will host a Kiddies Fun Camp on the 24th  and 31st which would free the parents to have a relaxing time whilst the kids are kept busy with interactive activities.

Guests can enjoy a widespread gala dinner on Christmas Eve and both lunch and dinner buffets on Christmas Day at the Kanchana Lounge. A grand dinner spread also awaits those who choose to celebrate New Year at Kandalama.

 

Heritance Tea Factory

The hotel in the hills has a number of seasonal events planned for the month. A goodie hut along with a champagne toast at all outlets from the 20 onwards, seasonal concoction and cheese and wine promotions from 22nd onwards, are but a few! A six-course menu can be enjoyed on the eve of Christmas followed by a Christmas lunch for families to enjoy and a Christmas Day dinner buffet on the 25. The most awaited 31st Night Countdown Dinner shouldn’t be missed as well!

 

Heritance Ahungalla

Heritance Ahungalla celebrates the holiday season with Christmas carols and events to capture the best moments. The hotel caters to the youngsters this season with a Kids party on 22nd December at the Kiddies club and a Junior Chefs’ seasonal workshop on 23rd December at the Mirror Lounge. Guests can witness firework displays on Christmas eve and 31st night while enjoying the fabulous feasts. The hotel gives a celebration for everyone with a beach carnival for those looking for a fun evening by the beach and a cheese and wine evening for the ones looking for a relaxing time.

 

Turyaa Kalutara

Turyaa Kalutara will host an array of seasonal events from 15th December. A traditional Christmas Eve dinner buffet, an outstanding brunch on Christmas day and a Bye, Bye 2018 Sundown Cocktail evening by the beach. The new year will end with a gala dinner celebration at the North Wing Lobby.

 

Earl’s Regency

The most loved hotel in Kandy has a seasonal calendar that includes events for everyone! The goodie hut will be up and running from 20th onwards, alongside a seasonal high tea in the evenings. Guests can have an enjoyable time on the Christmas day at the lunch buffet and BBQ night. Regency Blitz 2018 will be held at the Regency ballroom on the last night of the year to complete the year in grand style!

 

Earl’s Regent

With Christmas high teas starting on 1st December, the hotel, known for its culinary prowess will offer seasonal treats for pre-order during the month, a sumptuous dinner buffet on Christmas eve and Christmas day festivities with a five-course lunch and an incredible dinner buffet. New Year’s eve is also set to be a memorable affair, if spent at the Regent!

 

Amethyst Resort, Passikudah

Amethyst Resort will host a special Christmas Eve dinner while the next day will feature a seasonal feast for lunch and a movie by the beach. Specialties for the season will include cocktail promotions, happy hour on 24th December and Christmas Mass in the morning of Christmas day. The end of a wonderful year will be celebrated at Amethyst Resort with an international gala dinner and a fireworks display!

 

Bandarawela Hotel

In the cool climate by the hills, the seasonal cheer will begin with a festive Sri Lankan and Western lunch buffet from the 20th to the 23rd of December and a traditional planter’s barbeque dinner on the 23rd. The hotel will host a special Santa’s Coffee Counter on 23rd, followed by a festive dinner buffet on 24th  a traditional breakfast, family lunch and carvery dinner buffet; treats for all three meals on 25th, Boxing day flambe dinner on 26th and a magical open-air BBQ and bonfire dinner on the 31st to welcome the new year.

 

Reservations

For reservations for any of the events mentioned or for stay inquiries, contact the Aitken Spence Hotels head office on 0112 308408.

Aitken Spence Travels welcomed charter from Poland for second consecutive year

26 Nov

Aitken Spence Travels welcomed its first charter from Poland together with TUI Poland for the second consecutive year. The Polish tourists were warmly welcomed by the staff of Aitken Spence Travels & TUI partner staff with flowers, beetle leaves and welcome dancers together with drummers performing a traditional Welcome to Sri Lanka.

The Polish charter will be attracting 13 charter flights from Poland with one arriving every 11 days until end March 2019. It is estimated that 24,000 room nights will be used by the Polish travellers, predominantly staying at beach properties and taking up day excursions to explore the diversity the country has to offer.

The flights are a result of the longstanding partnership between TUI, the world’s largest integrated tourism company and Aitken Spence Travels. Arrivals from Poland has shown a 6.3% growth in 2017 recording 15,346 pax against 2016 of 14,432 pax. However, country arrivals from Poland as at end September 2018 was 14,078 pax and is expected to grow positively.

Commenting on the Charter flight Niranjan Rodrigo, Vice President, Aitken Spence Travels stated “Despite the severe competition in the industry, we were able to convince TUI Poland to operate this charter flight with Aitken Spence Travels from Warsaw to Colombo, Sri Lanka. We have negotiated with hoteliers to make the destination attractive by way of special rates and have extend our fullest support to TUI Poland to promote destination Sri Lanka aggressively among their agents. We are confident that this charter operation will be a great success for the 2nd consecutive year and build confidence with our partners to continue the charter operation and look at avenues to grow the numbers.  We will work with TUI Poland to strengthen our partnership to allow more Polish tourists to visit Sri Lanka and experience Sri Lanka’s diverse attractions apart from the Sun and Sea proposition with attractive innovative tours & itineraries”

Aitken Spence Net Assets Increases to Rs. 112.30 Per Share – Improves performance in the Second Quarter

14 Nov

Leading conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC’s financial results released to the Colombo Stock Exchange revealed quarterly revenue increasing year-on-year (YoY) to Rs. 12.41 billion from Rs. 12.27 billion while revenue for the six months was Rs. 22.98 billion. The Group also recorded an improved net assets per share value of Rs. 112.30.

Profits-before-tax (PBT) for the six months ended 30th September was Rs. 1.45 bn while the quarterly PBT was recorded as Rs. 971 million, both recording decreases over the previous year. After discounting the exceptional gain on disposal of Hotel Hilltop in September 2017, the Group has recorded a PBT growth of 19% year on year in the second quarter and registered a significant improvement over the performance of the first quarter of the current financial year.

Earnings per share for the quarter was reported Rs. 1.19 while Rs. 1.71 was reported for the six months.

The tourism sector reported a decrease in profits-after-tax of Rs. 594 mn YoY. This was mainly owing to the significant gain from divesting in Hotel Hill Top that amounted to Rs. 307.6 million last year. The devaluation of the rupee had a negative impact on the translation adjustment of foreign currency loans taken by the tourism sector, which also witnessed a drop in the contribution from Meedhuparu resort in Maldives due to its investment made in the new resort Aarah. However, the revenue of the tourism sector was up 8.4 percent YoY to Rs. 12.06 billion from Rs. 11.12 billion.

During the quarter, Aitken Spence-owned Turyaa Chennai won the Leading Designer Hotel – India (South) 2018 award at the South Asia Travel Awards, while Heritance Ayurveda  Maha Gedara won the Silver Award (hotels category) for excellent contribution towards environmental conservation at the Presidential Environmental Awards conducted by Central Environmental Authority (CEA).

There were significant improvements in the maritime & logistics and services sectors. The turnaround of cargo sector and improved performance of the ship agency operation resulted in an increase in profit-before-tax for the maritime & logistics sector. The sector revenue increased by 10.2 percent to Rs. 5.62 billion from Rs. 5.10 billion. The quarterly profit-after-tax of the sector increased by 24.9 percent to Rs. 711 million from Rs. 569 million, over the previous year.

Capital expenditure incurred on the construction of Aarah resort in the Maldives and the waste-to-energy power plant in the north of Colombo resulted in an increase in property plant and equipment of the Group by approximately Rs 3.5 billion. Heritance Aarah is expected to open in February in 2019. It will be the first resort outside Sri Lanka to be branded as ‘Heritance’, introducing a premium all-inclusive offering with elegantly designed villas.

The landmark waste-to-energy project is expected help solve both the waste disposal and energy supply challenges in the country at present. The project would be equipped to convert municipal solid waste to electricity, aimed at greatly relieving the Colombo City of its waste disposal burden.

Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983 and marking its 150th year milestone in 2018, Aitken Spence is a blue-chip conglomerate with a strong regional presence in the Hotels, Travels, Maritime Services, Logistic Solutions, Plantations, Power Generation, Financial Outsourcing, Insurance, IT, Printing and Apparel sectors. 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.

Aitken Spence Hotels win big at South Asia Travel Awards 2018

28 Oct

Aitken Spence Hotels secured several awards at the recently held South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 in Mumbai, India.

Launched in 2016, the prestigious awards for travel and tourism stakeholders in the region has affiliations from regional associations. The awards were held for the third consecutive year recently at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace. With over 500 entries from Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bhutan under 36 categories, the recognitions thus received further reiterates Aitken Spence’s lead in the region, as an innovative hospitality provider.

Among the wins are three Heritance properties from Sri Lanka with Heritance Kandalama winning both Sri Lankan and South Asia awards for Leading Eco Hotel/Resort; and Heritance Negombo and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara securing destination-specific awards as Leading Beach Hotel/Resort and Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort respectively. Group’s Indian property, Turyaa Chennai won Leading Design Hotel in South India. Adaaran Resorts, under which Aitken Spence currently manage properties in Maldives was accoladed as the Most Marketed Hotel Chain in South Asia. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, won the Leading Dive Resort title for both Maldives and South Asia, while Adaaran Prestige Vadoo secured Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Maldives title.

Speaking of the recognition, Aitken Spence PLC Director and Head of Tourism and Leisure and Aitken Spence Hotels Management (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Stasshani Jayawardena said; “As a hospitality chain that promotes the local culture and heritage whilst contributing to the growth and development of the regional tourism industry, these awards further reinforces our role as a leader in the field.”

“Ever since we began our journey in the hospitality sector we have pioneered change, challenged the status quo and innovated our way forward. No matter where we are located, we have worked hard to offer our guests an experiential holiday that celebrates the locality. We are focused on where we want to be, and this has made our journey a successful one thus far; and we will strive to be better,” she said. She thanked the management teams, the hotel General Managers and the employees for their dedication which has undeniably been vital for the growth of the company.

Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 21 star-classed properties, with 11 owned and managed properties in Sri Lanka, four in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India. The hotel chain will introduce the ‘Heritance’ brand of hotels to Maldives next year with the opening of premium all-inclusive all-villa property, Heritance Aarah.

 

Heritance Kandalama

Leading Eco Hotel/ Resort – Asia Pacific

Leading Eco Hotel/ Resort – Sri Lanka

 

Heritance Negombo

Leading Beach Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka

 

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara

Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka

 

Turyaa Chennai

Leading Design Hotel – South India

 

Adaaran Resorts

Most Marketed Hotel Chain – South Asia

 

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Leading Dive Resort – South Asia

Leading Dive Resort – Maldives

 

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Leading All Inclusive Resort – Maldives

Large-Scale Housing, Water & Sanitation Projects at Dunsinane Estate of Elpitiya Plantations

17 Aug

158 new homes were built at Dunsinane estate, in the Nuwara Eliya District, owned and managed by Elpitiya Plantations PLC.    Out of  404 Housing  Units  which are being  constructed under the Indian Government’s large-scale housing project initiated in the country at a cost of Rs. 1.2 Mn.,  158 Housing Units were declared opened recently by Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

The Indian Government initiated a programme to construct 14,000 housing units to provide decent houses in light of improving living standards of plantation workers under the ‘Plantation Villages’ concept introduced by the Sri Lankan Government in Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka.

The above programme was initially launched in October 2014, as the first ever mega project to construct housing units at the Dunsinane estate and to provide public amenities such as a Child Development Centre, Community Development Centre and an internal road network for easy access to all housing units.

The General Manager of Dunsinane estate at the time when the project was initially launched, Mr. M.I. Izzadeen and the current Deputy General Manager of the up-country cluster Mr. Ranga Gunasekera and Manager of Dunsinane estate Mr. Asela Udumulla ensured the correct selection of sites, beneficiaries while assisting the respective officials of the Ministry in Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development and the Plantation Human Trust to facilitate the implementing Agency – UN-HABITAT to complete the task successfully.

Coinciding this event, another first ever mega project to provide safe and pure drinking water, and sanitation facilities at cost of Rs. 74 million, funded by the World Bank was ceremonially declared opened at Dunsinane estate by the Hon. Prime Minister and the distinguished guests. This project is the first of its kind implemented on an estate owned by a Regional Plantation Company and would benefit a population of over 6,000.

The opening ceremony was held with the presence of His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Hon. Naveen Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries,  Hon. Palani Digambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, Hon. Rauf Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Planning, and other distinguished dignitaries felicitated this ceremonial event.

Elpitiya Plantations wishes to greatly acknowledge the kind gesture of the Government of India for implementing a housing project of such magnitude and for selecting Dunsinane estate to launch this Pilot Project to construct 383 housing units. A special note of appreciation to the key role played by Hon. Palani Digambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, respective Ministry officials and officials of Plantation Human Development Trust and the implementing Agency – UN-HABITAT and other Government Institutions for initiating the above projects.

Elpitiya Plantations PLC is a public liability company and is one of Sri Lanka’s leading producers of exquisite high quality premium teas. The Company is managed by the Aitken Spence since 1997. Elpitiya Plantations comprises of 13 estates located in up, mid and low country regions, which cover more than 8,800 hectares. While the core business is focused on cultivation and manufacturing of tea, rubber, oil palm, coconut and cinnamon, the Company has diversified into sustainable forestry development, eco-tourism, hydropower development, and specialty teas.

Aitken Spence PLC Records 29 pc Drop in First Quarter PBT

10 Aug

Blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC reported a drop of 29.3 per cent pre-tax profit from Rs. 678 mn to Rs. 480 mn, over the previous year. The Company’s financial results for the three months ended 30th June 2018 reported the revenue for the first quarter decreasing by 9.2 per cent from Rs. 11.6 bn to Rs. 10.6 bn.

The Group’s earnings per share for the quarter stood at Rs. 0.52, whilst profit attributable to shareholders of the parent was reported as Rs. 210 mn.

Despite the impact of the exchange rates and increase in costs, revenue from the tourism sector remained strong as in the previous year rising by 4.7 per cent to Rs. 4.9 bn. The revenue increased across Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India markets while Oman reported a reduction.

However, the tourism sector reported a loss of Rs. 262 mn for the quarter, which is an increase from Rs. 150 mn, over the previous year. Lower occupancies in the Maldivian resorts and a lack of significant improvement in occupancy levels in Sri Lankan hotels contributed towards the losses. India performance improved, with better occupancy and banquet sales at Turyaa Chennai. Performance from Aitken Spence Travels during the quarter remained steady over the corresponding period last year.

Maritime & logistics and services sectors recorded increments. The maritime & logistics sector revenue increased by 12 per cent from Rs.1.9 bn to Rs.2.2 bn, driven by an improved contribution from the freight, courier and shipping agency businesses. The quarterly profit-before-tax of the maritime & logistics sector increased by 17.4 per cent to Rs. 436 mn, over the previous year.

The first quarter services sector revenue increased by 32 per cent from Rs.387 mn to Rs. 513 mn, while profit-before-tax rose by 1.8 per cent to Rs. 82 mn over the previous year, driven mainly by property and elevators segments.

Major expenses were incurred on the construction of Heritance Aarah resort, in the Maldives and the 10 MW waste-to-energy power plant in north of Colombo.

The construction of Heritance Aarah is expected to open in the Maldives by the end of 2018. Heritance Aarah will be the first resort outside Sri Lanka to be branded as ‘Heritance’, introducing a premium all-inclusive offering with elegantly designed villas.

The landmark waste-to-energy project is expected help solve both the waste disposal and energy supply challenges in the country at present. The project would be equipped to convert municipal solid waste to electricity, aimed at greatly relieving the Colombo City of its waste disposal burden.

Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983 and marking its 150th year milestone in 2018, Aitken Spence is a blue-chip conglomerate with a strong regional presence in the Hotels, Travels, Maritime Services, Logistic Solutions, Plantations, Power Generation, Financial Outsourcing, Insurance, IT, Printing and Apparel sectors. 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.

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.

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.