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Brandix strengthens gender equality focus with support from UNFPA

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Navchaa Suren, Representative a.i. for UNFPA in Sri Lanka, and Ishan Dantanarayana, Group Chief People Officer of Brandix, formally signing the agreement on the collaboration.

Colombo, October 18, 2021 – Leading Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Brandix has embarked on a journey to strengthen the company’s gender equality policies and procedures with technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), to support and provide an inspiring workplace culture for its employees.

In line with this agreement, Brandix together with UNFPA, the lead UN Agency working towards prevention and response to gender-based violence in Sri Lanka, will collaborate to build awareness on the Abuse and Harassment-Free Policy for Brandix. This will entail reviewing the carefully developed policy of Brandix, providing technical assistance for further enhancement and delivery, and conducting sensitization and training sessions for internal stakeholder groups.

Navchaa Suren, Representative a.i. for UNFPA in Sri Lanka, and Ishan Dantanarayana, Group Chief People Officer of Brandix, formally signed the agreement on the collaboration.

As an organization with nearly 90% female representation across its employee base, Brandix’s zero-tolerance Abuse and Harassment-Free Policy and grievance procedure enables employees to report any form of abuse or harassment in the workplace. The Policy extends Brandix’s Code of Conduct and goes into depth on how everyone must be treated with dignity, equality, respect, and ethics – and the importance of personal and organizational accountability in ensuring a safe and inclusive workplace for all.

“As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Brandix has always strived to operate in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this policy is one such significant step towards achieving SDGs 5 and 8, ‘Gender Equality’ and ‘Decent Work & Economic Growth’. Female employees represent the majority of our organization’s workforce and ensuring a respectful and safe work environment is a commitment we consistently strive to deliver on. We greatly value the technical support and guidance from UNFPA to align Brandix’s gender equality policies with global best practices. We will ensure that it is effectively actioned and continue our efforts to provide an inclusive work environment for our team members with their wellbeing as our priority,” stated Ishan Dantanarayana, Group Chief People Officer at Brandix.

Navchaa Suren, Representative a.i. for UNFPA in Sri Lanka stated, “Gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live with dignity, and freedom from want and from fear. It is also a precondition for advancing development and the eradication of poverty, as empowered women can contribute more productively to communities and nations. UNFPA is pleased to provide technical support to Brandix to roll out its Abuse and Harassment-Free Policy.”

Over the ensuing months, Brandix will focus on increasing awareness and sensitivity to abuse and harassment in the workplace through focused training programs conducted with the support of UNFPA. With values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, and Excellence (RITE) ingrained in its DNA, Brandix will continue to work towards an inspiring workplace for all – devoid of any bias or discrimination and committed to inclusivity.



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Dialog Enterprise with Fortinet strengthens the security of its Managed SD-WAN Service for Sri Lankan Enterprises

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Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, announced the strengthening of its Flexnet managed SD-WAN service leveraging the Secure SD-WAN solution from Fortinet, a global leader in cybersecurity with broad and integrated solutions.

Dialog Enterprise pioneered the Sri Lanka’s first Managed SD-WAN service with the release of its Flexnet offering since September 2019. Two years after, most modern organisations are embracing digital acceleration, driving demand for greater agility in networks in order to stay competitive and deliver superior customer experiences. With the scale and variety of cyber threats continuing to grow, Dialog Enterprise enhances its Flexnet service with the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN accelerates network and security convergence, aims at simplifying WAN architecture, and securing work-from-anywhere new normality with embedded ZTNA (zero-trust network access) Access Proxy for explicit per-user application access controls. It delivers integrated security and safer access to internal and external data and applications wherever they are residing, on-premises, or in the cloud.

By integrating Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution to its Flexnet managed SD-WAN service, Dialog Enterprise will enable its customers the ability to cost-effectively eliminate security gaps in their network while gaining the benefits of advanced routing and self-healing WAN capabilities to ensure superior quality of experience for their users, and an increased business uptime. Additionally, an improved connectivity and user experience can be achieved through an integrated security by prioritizing network traffic and reduced latency. As well as the benefit of an integrated security by prioritizing network traffic is achieved by offering, unified thread management, SSL inspection and proactive security threat prevention.

“With the recent shift to remote working, cloud adaptation and SaaS usage accelerating SD-WAN adoption with organizations, many of our customers in the government, finance, retail, services and manufacturing industries will benefit from Dialog Enterprise’s Managed SD-WAN based on the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution. It provides us with an integrated, one-stop management and orchestration console to ensure that connections, configurations, advanced routing features and protections are easily configurable. Being the only Fortinet Managed Security Service Provider in Sri Lanka, we have already been able to provide Secure SDWAN solutions with Fortinet in over 1000 locations across the island.” said Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer – Dialog Enterprise at Dialog Axiata PLC.

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SLT-MOBITEL completes first phase of Amazon Alexa integrations for Home Broadband customers offering exciting digital lifestyles

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The first phase of fully integrating Amazon Alexa for SLT-MOBITEL Home Broadband customers was successfully concluded recently. Now customers can seek help from Amazon’s virtual smart assistant Alexa and obtain a range of information on SLT-MOBITEL services such as Voice, Broadband, PEO TV services etc. ensuring subscribers experience exciting new intelligent built digital lifestyles.

Pictured Dilshan Boteju, Chief Executive Officer of The Connection Workshop, handing over the report on the concluded project to Prabhath Dahanayake, Chief Marketing Officer SLT. Also present were Lathika Weerasinghe, Administrative Coordinator, Anup Silva, Lead Developer Alexa program of The Connection Workshop, Ayoma Wickramaarachchi, Deputy General Manager, Product Development & Management of SLT, Ruwan Rekogama, Engineer-Product Development & Management of SLT.

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Loops wins big at SLIM DIGIS

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Award-winning creative-led integrated marketing agency, Loops Integrated, received 6 recognitions, including a Gold, at the SLIM DIGIS Awards, held on the 25th of January 2022. Loops Integrated received the only Gold DIGI in the Banking and Finance category for Softlogic Invest’s “This Could Be You” campaign, a Silver DIGI in the Performance Marketing category for British Council’s IELTS programme, and another Silver DIGI in the Best Use of Branded Content category for Sri Lankan Airlines. In addition to these three prestigious awards, Loops Integrated also received 3 finalist awards for the Banking & Finance, Performance Marketing and Best Use of Branded Content categories.

Discussing the awards, CEO at Loops, Wasaam Ismail said, “We work with our clients as partners, therefore it’s important to say a big thank you to them for having faith in us and letting us take their campaigns to town. Putting together creative-led campaigns amidst working from home during periodic lockdowns is nothing short of a herculean undertaking, which would not have been possible without our stellar team. Therefore, I must also acknowledge and appreciate our exceptionally talented, committed, dedicated and mind-blowingly fun team here at Loops, without whom none of this would be possible. A big thank you also to SLIM for ensuring that digital marketers in Sri Lanka have a national platform upon which to be recognized.”

The SLIM DIGIS awards is organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and recognizes and celebrates Sri Lanka’s best digital marketing work, innovation and talent. SLIM is the national body for marketing in Sri Lanka and the SLIM DIGIS is among Sri Lanka’s most prestigious awards programmes that recognize innovation and budding talent in the digital marketing space.

Loops is an award-winning Creative Led Integrated Marketing Agency with operations in Sri Lanka, Qatar, Malaysia & Australia. The agency has worked with over 250 brands in 15 countries and has over 50 awards for its efforts in creative and digital excellence, awarded by both international and local bodies. Visit www.loops.lk to learn more.

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