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Maliban Gold Marie advances the ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ programme

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Prabath Chandrakeerthi – Advocate General, Labour Commissioner, Department of Labour receiving the commemorative plaque from Kumudika Fernando - Managing Director, Maliban Biscuit Manufacturers and Ravi Jayawardana – Group Executive Officer, Maliban Biscuits Manufacturer

In line with World Children’s Day 2021, the ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ fund programme was launched under the Maliban Gold Marie brand, with the aim of minimising the number of children who were compelled to leave school prematurely and seek employment to supplement the income of their families. The purpose of the fund is to provide support and improve livelihoods of children, enabling them to resume their schooling and benefit from the free education available to them. Additionally, the Maliban Gold Marie Freedom Children’s Fund, progressed into becoming a foundation for the education of the children by opening the paths of economic development to the families of the Southern and the North Central Province.

Renewing their commitment this year, Maliban Biscuits in collaboration with the Department of Labour and MullenLowe Group Sri Lanka, have recently signed a new agreement extending their Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding. Crediting 50 cents from every 80-gram packet of Maliban Gold Marie sold the tripartite agreement was generated to further advance the strengthening of the Maliban Gold Marie ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ fund.

The agreement was signed by B. K. Prabhath Chandrakeerthi – Commissioner General of Labour, Kumudika Hemanthi Fernando – Managing Director, Maliban Biscuits Limited, Thayalan Bartlett – Chief Executive Officer, MullenLowe Group Sri Lanka. Furthermore, in addition to signing this memorandum of understanding, a donation of school equipment was distributed to 100 children during the ceremony.

Over the past year the Maliban Gold Marie ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ programme has identified and provided aid to the disadvantaged families and children who are deprived from basic necessities. The success of the project can be evaluated by the fact that most of the families who have received assistance have achieved a significant improvement in their economic status today.

Speaking on the occasion B. K. Prabath Chandrakeerthi – Commissioner General of Labour said, “The existing global health and economic crisis has deprived many children from education, freedom, and happiness. Considering this, the Maliban Gold Marie ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ Fund is dedicated towards ensuring that these children acquire financial and economic resources for their futures. I would like to extend my appreciation to Maliban Biscuits, and the ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ programme for their contribution. With this agreement, I believe that we will be able to forge a brighter future for an even larger number of people to continue this programme further.”

Kushani Peeris, Senior Marketing Manager of Maliban Biscuit Pvt. Ltd., stated, “The ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ fund initiated for World Children’s Day 2021, allowed us to brighten the lives of families facing economic difficulties. Progressing forward, Maliban Gold Marie will dedicate itself towards providing opportunities for children and their families in other provinces of Sri Lanka. We would also like to express our gratitude at this time to the Department of Labour, as well as to MullenLowe Group Sri Lanka who have joined hands with us in this project with the sole ambition of continuing to support more families and children in the future.”

Under this scheme, the Department of Labour will track the children engaged in domestic service and other forms of child labour, and based on this information, provide necessary facilities to encourage their families to achieve economic stability through the Maliban Gold Marie ‘Nidahase Ran Daruwo’ Fund.



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MN Group becomes the Best Business of the Year at Pinnacals Awards

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The MN Group won the Best Business of the Year Award at the Pinnacals Sri Lanka award ceremony at the Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. Managing Director of MN Group of Companies (www.mngroup.lk), Roshan Wewage accepted the award on behalf of the organization. MN Group of Companies has previously won many awards including Lanka Business Awards (LBA) and Shramabimani.

Customers can obtain any construction related service from MN Group at a reasonable price. The company is also willing to finish half completed houses and commercial buildings at agreeable terms. MN Group understands that the tough economic circumstances have placed great pressure on the people and the company is committed to understanding their needs and to provide a warm and professional service. Roshan Wewage invited those who need to renovate their buildings to reach out to them.

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Dilmah Adjudged Best Corporate Citizen for the Third Consecutive Year

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Dilmah was awarded ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability’ in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover, for the third consecutive year at the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Awards organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; recognizing that Dilmah has successfully achieved a sustainable balance between social, environmental, and economic performanc, a company news release said.

Evaluated by an independent & expert panel of judges, the awards are Sri Lanka’s most prestigious, scrutinizing and recognizing ethical and sustainable businesses. Dilmah was honoured as one of ten ‘Best Corporate Citizens’ of Sri Lanka, won the Award in the Environment Beyond Business Category, and was lauded for continuous commitment to the environment surpassing the realms of business.

“The annual BCCS Awards is the premier corporate citizenship award, highlights sustainability champions in the national corporate arena. The awards promote corporate citizen sustainability ownership and initiatives that deliver social and environmental benefits while pursuing profits. This recognition validates Dilmah’s emphasis on delivering social and environmental impact by sharing earnings through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation,” the release said.

“In 1988, Merrill J. Fernando founded Dilmah, a family business, to serve humanity with kindness to people and nature, while sharing his passion for taste and goodness in tea. Over the years Dilmah has delivered over Rs. 7 billion for humanitarian benefit through the work of its charitable arm MJF Foundation and environmental arm Dilmah Conservation.

“Ensuring economic, social, and environmental sustainability exists at the heart of its operations and is integrated to every operational aspect of the business, Dilmah’s purpose is further extended through the work of the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJF Foundation) and Dilmah Conservation (DC) by driving life-impacting initiatives.

“The MJF Foundation works directly with estate workers and underprivileged communities to uplift lives and empower them to pay-it-forward to their communities. Some of its core initiatives are the countrywide MJF centres, small-medium enterprises with over 2,000 small entrepreneurs, ‘Empower’ Culinary & Hospitality School, and ‘disABILITY’ teletherapy app.

“The sustainable development of people goes hand-in-hand with the planet. Dilmah Tea is a carbon neutral product manufactured at a carbon neutral facility. Further, Dilmah has pledged to achieve zero-emissions for its manufacturing process by 2030 through science-based targets. Dilmah Conservation functions under three main categories: environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and education and awareness. As such, Dilmah Conservation initiatives range from butterfly to elephant conservation, climate research, adaptation and mitigation, rewilding tea gardens, conserving mangrove forests, and promoting nature-based entrepreneurship through seaweed cultivation and empowering agro-entrepreneurs.”

Winning the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 is considered a top honour in the Sri Lankan corporate field. Each year, submissions are evaluated by an eminent panel of local experts, thought leaders, and academics. Dilmah considers receiving the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 an important milestone in its journey as a truly sustainable brand with a purpose beyond profit.

Across the shores, Dilmah has been recognized for its attempt to take Ayurvedic wellness and goodness to the world with the help of tea. The Arana Range of Herbal Infusion Teas was voted the Product of the Year 2022 in Australia. Meanwhile, Dilmah on its 7th Consecutive Year was awarded Most Trusted Brand in New Zealand in 2022.

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DSI Tyres bags two awards at SLIM Brand Excellence 2022

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Sri Lanka’s premium tyre brand, DSI Tyres won two prestigious awards at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2022, held recently in Colombo. DSI Tyres, who has already made a mark in the international markets too, won the Silver Award under the Product Brand of the Year category and the Bronze Award under the Local Brand of the Year category. These mark another important milestone in the company’s journey spanning three decades. DSI Tyres has also remained within the top three brands in Sri Lanka for three consecutive years, a significant achievement in a very competitive arena.

DSI Tyres’ role as a leading local tyre manufacturing company that continues to promote its brand in an eco-friendly manner through the use of state-of-the-art technology and continuous research and development which enables them to identify customer needs in a timely manner is the key reason behind its continuous achievements. DSI Tyres has been able to place its products optimally among the local and international customers using the latest marketing strategies. The company also places great emphasis on sustainability and has been able to expand its local and international market share maintaining continuous customer loyalty even at the most difficult periods. DSI tyres are becoming increasingly popular in the online sphere as well, due to the facilitation of online orders at the convenience of customers as well as the use of attractive digital marketing. “DSI Tyres has a special place in the people’s hearts.

We have won the people’s trust and it is the highest award we can receive. It is a great privilege for us to receive these awards, which a mark of appreciation for the work we do to maintain customer loyalty,” Managing Director of DSI Tyres Kavinda Rajapaksa said. SLIM Brand Excellence Awards is the Sri Lanka’s premier celebration of Sri Lankan brands that rewards the outstanding efforts of marketers. This gala event for this year was held at Grand Monarch Hotel, Colombo. The Chairman of DSI Tyres, Ranatunga Rajapaksa received the two awards on behalf of the company. Previously, DSI Tyres had won SLIM Turnaround Brand of the Year, Product Brand of the Year, Local Brand of the Year and many SLIM DIGIs awards.

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