South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), in the Port of Colombo, launched its Sustainability Report 2020/21- “Bringing the World Closer. Investing in a greener future”. This is the second consecutive report published by SAGT and details the company’s sustainability performance during the financial year 2020/21. It remains the only formal report published by a terminal operator in the Port of Colombo and in doing so, the report further enhances the positioning of the Port of Colombo within the international supply-chain.
With a strong commitment to driving a sustainable business, the report reflects SAGT’s approach to embed Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards to its core business operations towards driving its triple-bottom-line performance. All sustainability information is gathered and published based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards ‘Core’ option and in full adherence to GRI principles. Thereby, key sustainability themes such as materiality, stakeholder inclusiveness and sustainability context, are derived based on GRI principles. In line with global best practice, the SAGT Sustainability Report 2020/21 and the data presented has been independently assured by DNV GL.
The Port of Colombo showed great resilience and innovation from the onset of the pandemic and continued to offer uninterrupted services to global shipping lines and port users in Sri Lanka by ensuring the unhindered movement of cargo through and to/from the Port. SAGT was quick to respond to minimizing personal contact which was the primary need of the hour – and was at the forefront of revolutionizing the traditionally paper-based import clearance process, by introducing a simple digital process to instantaneously offer importers the convenience of processing import documentation from the safety of their offices or homes. The company also introduced dedicated staff transport, participated fully in the Government’s vaccination drive for essential services, implemented other social distancing and sanitization procedures and a work from home policy for some categories of office staff.
Amidst the uncertainty and challenges brought upon by the pandemic, SAGT continued its efforts to drive and enhance its sustainability initiatives. During the year in review, Team SAGT was successful in reducing its carbon footprint by 3% (excluding electricity consumption of customer owned and operated refrigerated containers) mainly through forging ahead with an investment of over Rs 1.3 billion in the conversion of 24 Rubber Tyred Gantries (RTGs) to cutting edge Japanese hybrid technology. The company furthered its commitment to environmental conservation by pledging to reforest and maintain a further 4 acres of land at the Yagirala Forest Reserve.
Furthering its commitment to operational efficiencies, during the year 2020/21 the company confirmed an order for two new Ship-to-Shore quay cranes with twin lift capabilities to be delivered in April 2022 and commissioned 46 new intra-terminal prime movers during the year – at a combined investment of over Rs 4.0 billion.
Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation
The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.
He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.
Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.
Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka
Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.
Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.
‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.
DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms
Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.
Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”
DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.
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