CSR Sri Lanka in collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted a forum “Water and Sustainable Business” with 70 private, public and I/NGO sector representatives on Tuesday 27th of March 2018 in Colombo. Having identified the need for matching diverse interests of different stakeholders through sustainable and inclusive business opportunities to improve the quality and efficiency in Water, Sanitation & Health (WASH) and Water Resources Management (WRM) in Sri Lanka, CSR Sri Lanka and USAID created a platform through this forum for participants to discuss challenges and find solutions that can be continued in future. The forum resulted in establishing a Workgroup consisting of eminent persons from the Private, Public and Non-Government Sectors who will initially work to action a few solutions identified against the most critical challenges discussed. CSR Sri Lanka will facilitate the operations of the workgroup towards concrete outcomes.
The event was attended by Mr. Reed Aeschliman, the Mission Director of the USAID to Sri Lanka and the Maldives who also delivered the welcome address to the audience. The Guest of Honor of the day was Mr. A.C.M. Nafeel, Additional Secretary, Ministry of City Planning & Water Supply who represented Hon. Dr (Mrs.) Sudarshani Fernandopulle, State Minister of City Planning & Water Supply. Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Professor in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Moratuwa and Director, the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) delivered the keynote address “Water and Sustainable Business: the need for innovations and social enterprising in Sri Lanka” to the forum which deeply inspired the thinking of participants resulting in a vibrant dialogue. The content of the forum also included presentations by CSR Sri Lanka, Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) and National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) representing the private, public and non-government sectors. The discussion sessions of the event were moderated by Ms. Anusha Alles, head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Brandix Lanka Ltd.
CSR Sri Lanka, being the apex institute of a business network of Sri Lankan companies working towards sustainability in business invites stakeholders to join the business coalition of the willing it is building for collaborative solutions in the water sector.