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Aitken Spence Launches Empowering Sri Lanka First

26 Jul

Aitken Spence PLC has launched Empowering Sri Lanka First, an English and IT teaching programme for children from its neighbouring communities as its flagship corporate community engagement initiative. The leading diversified conglomerate commenced the pilot phase of the English programme benefiting 180 students in Dambulla, Ahungalla and Mawaramandiya in May.

The eight-year old students follow a globally recognised British Council syllabus combined with accompanying teaching material delivered by local teachers who have completed British Council conducted teacher training.

Aitken Spence was recognized as Sri Lanka’s Best Corporate Citizen for 2012 by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

“With a leading presence in some of Sri Lanka’s key sectors, Aitken Spence has over the years engaged in numerous programmes to enrich the lives of our neighbouring communities across the island. Empowering Sri Lanka First is intended to add more focus to our community engagements by concentrating on two key enablers for young students to achieve their true potential, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of the communities in which we operate”, said J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman & Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

“Our plan is to expand the programme to dozens of local communities within a few years with the support of our many international and local partners who enjoy longstanding relationships with Aitken Spence”, he added.

The Company’s unique model enrols students for a three-year programme to learn the English language and information technology during weekly classes conducted at each locality. Aitken Spence plans to launch the IT module in September this year at all three locations.

“The curriculum followed is one that will complement the national syllabus and meant to make the process of learning more fun and interactive so that the students will be encouraged to keep learning by themselves even after they graduate from the programme”, said Rohan Pandithakorralage, Director and Chief Human Resources Officer of Aitken Spence Group Ltd.

Teachers for the programme are recruited from the same communities and trained on the curriculum so that they can use and benefit from the new teaching methods in their own careers and create more value for the learning process of more students in these communities.

Aitken Spence is among Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities with operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific. In Sri Lanka, it is an industry leader in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics, power generation and printing, with a significant presence in plantations, financial services, insurance, information technology and apparel.

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Cancer Awareness Day

11 Aug

WORLD WATER DAY – 22 MARCH 2010

22 Mar

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Aitken Spence Rated Platinum for Corporate Accountability

23 Feb

Aitken Spence PLC has been classified as among the four Platinum-level companies in the Corporate Accountability Index published in the February issue of Sri Lanka’s leading business magazine LMD in its cover story.

The index developed by STING Consultants- Sri Lanka’s sole marketing and brand-consulting company-  assessed 66 entities comprising of Sri Lanka’s largest publicly listed, state owned and private companies.

The index follows a method ‘similar to the procedure adopted internationally by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index which is published annually’. The index classifies companies into broad bands (Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze) based on their commitment to corporate accountability and its integration into corporate strategies.

Companies were rated on a compulsory basis and key areas of assessment for this index were the organizations corporate values, stakeholder engagements, identifying impacts, risks and opportunities, policy coverage, management and governance and measurement and disclosures.

Media Release – 24 February 2010

Aitken Spence Recognized for Exemplary Corporate Citizenship

12 Dec

Dr. Rohan Fernando receiving the award

Aitken Spence PLC was awarded the 2nd Runner-Up in the overall category at the 6th Annual Best Corporate Citizens Awards organized by the Ceylon Chamber on 10th December 2009. This is the second consecutive year that Aitken Spence has been recognized as among the top corporate citizens in the country.

Aitken Spence also received an award for being among the Top Ten Corporate Citizens.

The Chamber evaluates companies on its performance with regards to the environment, community relations, employee relations, customer/supplier relations, economic contribution and governance.

Awards – 2009

Seal the Deal at Copenhagen

1 Dec

Statement from Mr. J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman/Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC in support of the UN Seal the Deal! campaign calling for a fair, balanced and effective post-Kyoto climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 15) to be held from 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen.

“It is clear that effective action on Climate Change is a global priority to which all responsible entities should be committed to. We have commenced a corporate sustainability strategy which takes a 360° approach on sustainability across various industries in which we operate. As an integral component of this strategy all strategic business units under Aitken Spence have established environmental management systems to manage the environmental impacts of our operations. We encourage action on the Millennium Development Goals and uphold the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. A viable and equitable agreement at Copenhagen is not only a necessity it is also an obligation to the future generations.”

J.M.S. Brito
Deputy Chairman/ Managing Director
Aitken Spence PLC

Meet Mister Clean & Green

16 Nov

The conservation experts helping to protect the future

Helping Aitken Spence make an enormous contribution in establishing a greener and cleaner Sri Lanka is Ravi de Silva. Although he started his career as a civil engineer, Ravi is now heavily involved with raising awareness and implementing initiatives on issues such as alternate energy and eco-tourism.

DSC00913As a consultant in environment management and conservation, he acted as the Environmental Management Representative (EMR) in obtaining the Green Globe 21 standard certification for Kandalama Hotel, the first hotel in Asia to do so. Having attended international training programmes in ISO 1400 overseas, Ravi uses all his knowledge and experience to create a greater understanding of our natural environment among hotel staff, community-based organisations and schools.

‘Children enjoy knowing they can make a big difference to the planet,’ he explains. ‘As well as being receptive to instructions they also help educate their parents!’

A keen naturalist, Ravi is adamant that people do listen and are prepared to change their ways if things are explained clearly. Our carbon footprint, he stresses, can be heavily reduced if we consistently remember to do the simple things in our daily lives. There are, he believes, simple solutions to complex issues.

‘Turning garbage into a resource, using both sides to a piece of paper when making notes, switching off lights, closing taps, having more efficient AC facilities, replacing plastics gradually with better material….. there is so much more we can do in our homes and at work.’

The Environmental Management System installed at Kandalama is now the benchmark for other hotels and RaviRohitha Rajarathna is instrumental in advising industry leaders how they can optimize their resources, alleviate waste and even save money.

Rohitha Rajaratne’s brainchild at the Tea Factory is an example of how progressive the country has developed in recent years with conservation issues. The Director of Engineering for ASHM has reduced energy costs and carbon emissions by using the Grilicidea plant when generating hot water. It minimizes the amount of diesel used, nourishes the soil and ensures a livelihood for the growers.

2008 – Ace Magazine Issue 1