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First SL logistics company to set Science Based Targets on reducing emissions

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The world still has an opportunity to reverse the harmful impacts of climate change- and big businesses are crucial to the fight. Businesses contribute 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and any meaningful impact on reducing mankind’s carbon emissions requires an equally meaningful commitment from large corporates.

That’s the momentous pledge that Expolanka Freight (EFL) is making as it marks another milestone in its sustainability journey with an official commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a global project that aims to provide business leaders with the accountability framework they need to reduce their carbon footprint.

SBTi is a collaboration between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The initiative defines, promotes and showcases best practices on setting science-based targets to reduce emissions, and independently assesses and approves targets set by committed companies. Businesses can transform society by setting these targets, delivering on ambitious but achievable reductions in emissions and demonstrating to governments that it is possible to reverse the rapid deterioration of climate health.

EFL is the first logistics company and only the third organisation in Sri Lanka to make the SBTi commitment. “This puts us on a path beyond mere good intentions,” says its Global Lead – Sustainability, Sabrina Yusoof. “SBTi gives us specific targets that we can measure our progress against. It’s a real call to action within EFL- we’re signalling to our employees, shareholders and clients that we mean to make real change.”

The company has already made significant strides across its structure to implement concrete changes; earlier this year it announced that it was further expanding the capacity of its solar powered facility at Orugodawatta; the first LEED Gold Accredited facility of its kind which follows an ISO 14064:2006 certification to quantify and report on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is in addition to becoming the first Sri Lankan company to obtain membership for Green Freight Asia and initiating a five year commitment to plan over 125,000 trees to revive the Bundala National Park in 2019.

 



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BOI launches long term residence visa programme for investors

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Investment Promotion Minister Dhammika Perera and BOI Director General Renuka M Weerakone with Hajar Alafifi Laadel, Chairperson and Managing Director, Unilever, Sri Lanka ltd

The Board of Investment (BOI) recently launched the five-year residence visa program dedicated to investors, stakeholders and BOI enterprises.Issuing long-term visas for investors has been the practice as per the international standards. On par with matching the international benchmark in respect of ease of doing business, the BOI has decided to launch this program to attract more investors to the country.

The long-term visa program, a long-felt need, primarily aims to facilitate the investors who wish to embark on a journey with the BOI.The BOI annually issues 7500-8000 visa recommendations for investors, employees and dependents.The BOI has granted visas for foreign nationals from 109 countries such as India, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan which represent the most applicants based on last year’s statistics.

Addressing the gathering, Investment Promotion Minister Dhammika Perera said “The happiness on the faces of those investors present at the occasion, implies that the newly launched visa residence scheme is a success,”

“Before the implementation of this program, they had to go through a long documentation process every year to get these visas,” he pointed out.

“Having understood the prime need to provide a seamless and convenient service for investors, we have launched the new program albeit I have not officially assumed duties as the Investment Promotion Minister,” Perera highlighted.

BOI Director General Renuka M Weerakone stated “It is certainly a pleasure to see all our long-standing investors on this special day of launching the long-term residence visa program for investors.

“You all have been the contributors towards 65% of export earnings to Sri Lanka and have stood by us even in times of difficult periods that our country faced, which we wish to acknowledge with great gratitude,” she underscored.

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Dialog Enterprise introduces Dialog SmartLife App for Three Sinha roller doors

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Manjula Ariyakumara, Managing Director of Three Sinha Group of Companies and Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer - Dialog Enterprise of Dialog Axiata PLC

The Three Sinha Group, a leading roller door company in Sri Lanka, has teamed up with Dialog Enterprise, the corporate ICT solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, to launch a smart roller door controlled via the Dialog SmartLife App. This app enables users to control and access roller door services conveniently from their smartphones. Customers who use Three Sinha roller doors simply need to download the Dialog SmartLife App on Apple App Store and Google Play Store on their smartphone to operate the roller doors from anywhere.

“This is another important step in that process, and we are pleased to partner Dialog Enterprise to provide customers with a future-fit solution. I invite our customers to become a part of this experience”, said Manjula Ariyakumara, the Managing Director of Three Sinha Group of Companies. “As expounded by our brand ethos ‘The Future.Today’, Dialog is continuously seeking avenues of incorporating communication technology into many service areas and product offerings. In line with this vision, we are delighted to partner Three Sinha, a leading Roller Door company in Sri Lanka”, stated Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer – Dialog Enterprise of Dialog Axiata PLC

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People’s Bank commemorates its 61st anniversary

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People’s Bank, held a modest ceremony to on 1st July to commemorate their 61st anniversary at the bank’s Head Office in Colombo 02. Chairman of the People’s Bank Sujeewa Rajapakse and CEO/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku addressed the staff at this event.

In addition, Religious programs were organized by the Buddhist Association, Hindu Association, Muslim Majlis and the Christians Guild of the People’s Bank to invoke blessings on the country, the people, the customers and the pioneering leaders who have contributed to establish the People’s Bank.

Accordingly, a Pirith chanting was held at the Head Office which was followed by an alms giving at Sambodhi Viharaya in Fort with the patronage of Chief Incumbent Most Ven. Professor Iththademaliye Indhasara Thero. Hindu pooja was conducted by Sri Nivasa Kurukkal, Bambalapitiya, Islamic Service conducted by Deshabandu Al Haj Faisal Hassan mowlavi at Dawatagaha Jumma mosque in Colombo and the holy mass was conducted by Rev. Father Anton Rohitha at St. Philip Mary’s church in Pettah.People’s Bank Corporate and Executive Management, bank staffs and retired employees were also present at the occasion.

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