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Heineken Lanka Adjudged Great Place to Work



Maud Meijboon Van Wel, Managing Director, with the Heineken Lanka team.

HEINEKEN Lanka Limited, the Sri Lankan subsidiary of The HEINEKEN Company, has received recognition as one of the ‘Best workplaces in the Manufacturing and Production Industry of Sri Lanka for 2023’ by Great Place to Work, a globally recognised authority that identifies and studies the best workplaces in over 150 countries and territories.

The accolade was conferred upon HEINEKEN Lanka after a comprehensive survey of over 27,300 employees from 45 reputable organizations in Sri Lanka’s Manufacturing and Production industry. The survey aimed to identify the 15 Best Workplaces from this list of companies, and the results revealed that employees in the Best 15 companies scored highest on Pride in the organization, Good Facilities, and Employee Cooperation.

Maud Meijboom-van Wel, Managing Director of HEINEKEN Lanka Limited, expressed deep appreciation for the award, citing the company’s commitment to unlocking the full potential of its people, promoting diversity and inclusion, and supporting employee wellbeing, especially during turbulent times as the elements that made all the difference. Meijboom-van Wel said, “At HEINEKEN, our purpose is to brew the joy of true togetherness to inspire a better world, and it all boils down to the emphasis we have placed on caring for our people and our planet through our global EverGreen strategy, which we have actioned to achieve superior and balanced growth.”

HEINEKEN Lanka’s EverGreen Strategy is a game changer on a global level for HEINEKEN, accelerating the establishment of a fair, inclusive, and equitable company, and aims to increase female representation in senior management positions. In Sri Lanka, the company has a 32% female participation rate in its Senior Management cadre. Globally, HEINEKEN is recognised as a company that provides equal pay for equal work between female and male colleagues and runs several initiatives to level the playing field for women in leadership, including WIN (Women Interactive Network), HEINEKEN International Management Course (HIMAC), and the regional BOOST (Build Our Own Sustainable Talent) programme.

Despite operating in a heavily regulated dark market, which poses challenges that can limit women from working in Supply Chain and Sales, HEINEKEN Lanka has successfully created a fair, inclusive, and equitable workplace, says Paduma Subasinghe, Director of Human Resources. He went on to say that the company also faired extremely well on its global climate survey, recording a 91% overall employee engagement score. Notably, he said further, the company also scored 90% on the metric of being recognised as an equal opportunity provider for all to have a successful career, regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

A major factor behind the achievement is the company’s dedication to expose its talent to the best of opportunities available within the global HEINEKEN network. Through this approach, the company has secured both long and short-term exposure assignments in regional and global placements including Amsterdam, Greece, Malaysia and even New Caledonia for several of its team who comprise its 43% Manager-and-above top talent pool category. Simultaneously, the company’s Women in Sales initiative is also creating support programs and breaking gender barriers, with good practices and progress coming from different parts of the world. Moreover, HEINEKEN Lanka has committed to other programs such as the HEINEKEN Graduate Trainee program as well as ensuring that 100% of its people managers are trained on inclusive leadership.

Meijboom-van Wel said in conclusion, “The company’s initiatives are far-reaching and many, but employee wellbeing will always be an integral component of the culture we are nurturing. We encourage people to openly discuss and address their wellbeing, while embracing enjoyment of life. We intend to be relentless in continuing to make HEINEKEN a great place to work.”

As a wholly owned subsidiary of The HEINEKEN Company, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, HEINEKEN Lanka Limited is proud to be part of the heritage of HEINEKEN, being the world’s most international brewer and the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. A career at HEINEKEN offers great opportunities, both locally and internationally, for all its employees, as the company believes in attracting and retaining the very best in global talent.

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Exterminators PLC certified as great place to work



Travis Ferreira, Executive Director, ‘Extermina tors PLC’, receiving the certificate from the GPTW team

Exterminators PLC announces that it has been certified as a Great Place to Work for the second year in a row. This achievement reaffirms our commitment to creating an environment that fosters learning, development, and success for our staff members. The certification was awarded after an independent audit and certification process conducted by the renowned organisation Great Place to Work (GPTW), which evaluated our company across various focus areas. Exterminators PLC excelled in the Trust Index, scoring high points in all focus areas during the certification process.

“The challenges we faced over the past twelve months were unprecedented. We are proud of our coworkers, who kept our business operating without interruption by working collaboratively and courageously and leaning on our collective creativity, innovation, and passion. Our slogan was ‘How can we’ keep the promise we made? and we constantly innovated to get the job done, no matter how difficult it was.

We are grateful to our coworkers who collaborated with us during these most challenging times and for their pure commitment and loyalty towards Exterminators PLC, which kept us moving forward despite unprecedented obstacles.” Marlon Ferreira the Managing Director said.

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SLT-MOBITEL mTunes introduces ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo



Bringing elevated lifestyle experiences, SLT-MOBITEL is offering users the ultimate chance to turn music into wealth with its new ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo on mTunes.mTunes is a digital lifestyle service that allows customers to personalise their Caller Ring Back Tone (CRBT) with their favourite songs or audio content. It adds a unique and personalised touch to phone calls, allowing customers to express their originality and preferences with their loved ones.

With a vast collection of songs on the mTunes platform, the ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo offers users the opportunity to connect with their hearts’ content and win big cash prizes. From September 1st to November 30th, 2023, the ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo on mTunes promises incredible prizes for lucky participants. The grand prize is an amazing Rupees One million (Rs. 1,000,000) with additional rewards of Rs. 100,000 for the second winner and Rs. 50,000 for the third place. But the path to wealth does not end; seven more lucky winners will receive Rs. 10,000 each, and every week, there will be twelve lucky winners of Rs. 10,000 each in cash prizes.

Participating in the promotion is easy. Existing and new CRBT users have the chance to win these fantastic prizes, including becoming millionaires, by simply activating more mTunes during the promotional period. With multiple cash prizes available, there are numerous opportunities to win every week. The ‘Be a Millionaire’ promotion is a golden opportunity to make dreams come true.

Users can increase their chances of winning by simply activating more mTunes daily. Users can also experience the fun, excitement, and entertainment offered by mTunes and enjoy the world of music.

For more information, contact mTunes at 777 or visit

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Lanka can build strong tourism ‘eco-brand’: UN official



United Nations Resident Representative to Sri Lanka, Azusa Kobota


ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka can build an ‘eco-brand’ catering especially to younger tourists who feel strongly about the environment, United Nations Resident Representative to Sri Lanka, Azusa Kobota said.

About 70 percent of global travellers prioritise sustainability in their holiday choices, marking a ten percent increase from 2021, while around 30 percent of travellers feel guilty about flying, due to carbon emissions, she said.

“As the world embraces green thinking during this time of economic recovery efforts, the objective of the tourism sector cannot simply be about increasing the number of inbound tourists,” Kobota said at an event marking World Tourism Day in Colombo.

“It has to be about enhancing their experience through green lenses, by implementing a responsible, eco-conscious paradigm for the sector and building a stronger eco-brand around the sustainable agenda for Sri Lanka,”

“This is no longer about reducing the trade offs between growing the industry and protecting the environment.

“We must see nature as our asset and solutions to be obtained for the exponential growth for our future generations.”

The sustainable tourism market is estimated to have earned 195 billion US dollars in 2022, and is expected to reach about 656 billion US dollars in 2032, she said.

“Tourists, particularly the younger generations from gen X,Y,Z are deeply, deeply conscious about the long term choices of their actions, and the adverse impact of tourists on the environment.

“Statistics show that a significant proportion of global travellers, about 30 percent, feel guilty about flying due to the environmental impact and 22 percent say they actively prefer public transport and bicycle rental options, over renting a car.”

Sri Lanka welcomed one million tourists by September 26 and is expecting more that 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year.

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