From left to right: Provincial Health Director, Sabaragamuwa – Dr. Kapila Kannangara; Customer Development Director, Unilever Sri Lanka – Aruna Mawilmada; Deputy Director General, Bio Medical Services – Janappriya Karunatilleke; Head of Media & Activation, Unilever Sri Lanka – Channa Tennakoon; Private Secretary to the Minister of Health – Kanchana Jayaratne; Director General of Health Services – Dr. Asela Gunawardena; Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Major General – Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe; Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health – Dr. Sunil de Alwis; and Head of Legal & Company Secretary, Unilever Sri Lanka – Laksara Marapana.
Unilever Sri Lanka, one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies in the country, has donated 32 oxygen concentrators worth Rs.10 million to the Ministry of Health, as part of its on-going efforts to support the government in managing the prevailing pandemic. Through this partnership, the oxygen concentrators will be made available to relevant government hospitals.
The donation was handed over by Unilever Sri Lanka’s Customer Development Director – Aruna Mawilmada, Head of Legal & Company Secretary – Laksara Marapana, and Head of Media & Activation – Channa Tennakoon, to the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Major General – Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe at the Ministry of Health Auditorium in the presence of the Private Secretary to the Hon. Minister of Health – Kanchana Jayaratne, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health – Dr. Sunil de Alwis, Director General of Health Services – Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Deputy Director General, Bio Medical Services – Janappriya Karunatilleke, and Provincial Health Director, Sabaragamuwa – Dr. Kapila Kannangara.
Thanking Unilever for their contribution, the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Major General – Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe said, “We are very grateful to Unilever Sri Lanka for their continued support during the pandemic. This donation comes at a crucial time when every possible form of medical support is needed to care for our people. We thank the company for their generous efforts and look forward to more collaborations with Unilever to provide relief and aid to our nation.”
Commenting on the donation, Hajar Alafifi – Chairperson of Unilever Sri Lanka said, “During these turbulent times, providing quality healthcare services has become the need of the hour. As a company that has ingrained itself into the lives of Sri Lankans for over 83 years, we consider it our duty to support medical efforts aimed at combatting the pandemic.”
Unilever has contributed over Rs. 60 million towards COVID-19 relief efforts since March 2020, with several of its brands at the forefront of public education and safety; Its hygiene brand Lifebuoy has set up 100 Lifebuoy handwashing stations across the island and has been constantly engaging with members of the community to create awareness on hygiene and sanitation. Unilever’s efforts also include donating funds to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund and providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ventilators, masks and essential Unilever products to Government and related bodies working towards preventing and controlling the pandemic.
Assetline Leasing recognised at SLIM People’s Awards
Assetline Leasing Company Limited (ALCL) was nominated for “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the Year” category at the recently held SLIM People’s Awards 2021 at BMICH, Colombo.
As a specialized leasing company with a network of 53 branches located Islandwide, ALCL has been able to carve a name for itself as a leading financial services providers by continuing to fulfill the financial needs people from all walks of life with an innovative and reliable portfolio of leasing and loan products that are geared to improve the livelihood of individuals and families whilst enriching their lifestyles. Access to financial services, particularly by SMEs and entrepreneurs, has always been a key area of ALCL’s focus.
Commenting on the achievement, Ajantha Premasiri, Chief Marketing Officer, ALCL, said; “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our valuable and loyal customers, business partners and team Assetline for their unwavering support in securing this nomination in the category of “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the year”.
DIMO forum focuses on youth skills for employment and entrepreneurship
DIMO celebrated ‘World Youth Skills Day’ by shining the spotlight on the importance of equipping the youth with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, through a webinar titled ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’, held recently.
The keynote speaker at the webinar was a renowned expert in the industry, Mangala P.B. Yapa the Director General / CEO of Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, while the panel consisted of leading Human Resources professionals Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya the Chief Human Resources Officer of DIMO, Chinthaka Premaratne the Group Director Human Resources of Fairway Holdings and Ishan Dantanarayana the Group Chief People Officer of Brandix. The event was moderated by Yohan Thilakaratne the Head of Corporate Communications of DIMO. Vocational Training is a key attribute in DIMO’s sustainability agenda and the forum ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’ was the latest initiative of DIMO to empower the dynamic youth with the correct skills.
During his keynote address, Mangala P.B. Yapa stated, “Knowledge, skills and employment are 3 elements that are inter-connected in a complex manner. Today, knowledge has surpassed skills and therefore, receives prominence. However, I believe that knowledge which does not develop skills, does not do justice to society. Through vocational education, what we attempt to do is to develop both knowledge and skills.”
CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards makes a comeback this year
In its continuing determination to crown the most brilliant financial reports produced in the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will present the prestigious Annual Reports Awards competition this year, incorporating new concessions on account of COVID-19, whilst also automating the marking system for the first time in the competition’s history.
Applications for the 56th Annual Report Awards competition 2021 will be accepted from 15th August 2021 onwards. Organisations ranging from multinationals to blue-chip companies, conglomerates, small and medium businesses, state corporations, statutory bodies and even NGOs and NPOs which produce annual reports can vie for this year’s top honours.
Known to promote transparency, corporate governance, sustainability and social responsibility, the competition’s grand comeback this year was announced at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Annual Report Awards commands a history of over half a century, but following COVID, the Institute decided not to proceed with the competition last year on grounds that the competition would not yield the required benefits for the participating companies due to the challenges stemming from the pandemic and the related crisis.
Addressing the press conference, Jayesinghe said that as the sole authority to promulgate accounting and auditing standards in Sri Lanka, the Institute has taken every effort necessary to implement a world class accounting framework, which will result in long-term benefits to the country including bringing in vital investments such as FDIs.
He said that an annual report is recognised as the single most important document for readers and potential investors to understand the financial state of a company as well as its positive contribution not only towards the company’s bottom line but also to the country and society.
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