Annual General Meeting 2018

September 24, 2018

CSR Sri Lanka had its 5th Annual General Meeting on Thursday 20th September from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at “Sankathani" Auditorium of Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) attended by the Member Companies, some distinguished guests and other invitees. To mark the theme of the day, CSR Sri Lanka had organized a keynote speech on “Opportunities for a Circular Economy through the International Collaborations on Sustainable & Inclusive Business” which was delivered by Her Excellency, Eva Van Woersem, the Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who inspired the audience with the knowledge and insights shared. The keynote speech identified the need for more efficient use of raw materials as one of the key challenges of the 21st century. Vital change of usage is required to ensure a safe and healthy environment for future generations. Circular economy emerges to address those challenges through both social and...

Forum on Water and Sustainable Business – “CSR Sri Lanka and USAID call for collaborative actions”

September 7, 2018

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...

New Sustainable & Inclusive Businesses Opportunities in Sri Lanka

February 23, 2018

CSR Netherlands and CSR Sri Lanka have tied up cooperation with each other to match Sri Lankan industries to Dutch counterparts to develop sustainable value chains. As the first step in this strategic initiative, experts from CSR Netherlands conducted a Sustainable and Inclusive Business (SIB) scan in Sri Lanka in the Agriculture, Tourism and Apparel sectors. The SIB Scan consisted of a series of sector roundtables with business leaders on sustainability challenges & solutions and co-creating an agenda for international collaboration. The roundtables were held from February 19th to 23rd at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo. CSR Netherlands and CSR Sri Lanka shared with Sri Lankan business leaders and SMEs the international best practices and innovative solutions to various sectoral challenges in the field of sustainability and inclusiveness. Focus of the discussions was on soliciting inputs from the private sector and other experts on avoiding negative and creating positive impact...

CSR Sri Lanka’s Topical Discussions Series with Corporate Leaders (Forum 1)

October 27, 2017

“Impact of Natural Disasters to business sustainability and responsibility of corporates” CSR Sri Lanka bring together more than 50 corporate leaders and sustainability representatives from private sector companies in a forum to discuss the impact of climate change to business sustainability and responsibility of corporates. The forum assembled at the Conference Room 6 of Galle Face Hotel Colombo last Friday 27th October 2017 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. The keynote address of the event was delivered by Professor Buddhi Marambe, the Chairman of Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya and of the National Experts Committee on Climate Change Adaptation (NECCCA), Ministry of Environment. The session was moderated by CSR Sri Lanka Director Mr. Mahesh Wijewardene, Director Sales and Commercial of Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC. This is the first of a series of topical discussions with corporate leaders to be organized by CSR Sri Lanka to enlighten the private sector...

Private Sector Achieving Food Security and Nutrition in Sri Lanka

July 17, 2017

A discussion panel was held by CSR Lanka together with the World Food Programme and USAID on the 17th of July 2017 to discuss the importance of private sector partnership in achieving food security and nutrition in Sri Lanka. The discussion focused around a number of topics such as the importance of nutrition and the ways in the people of Sri Lanka could get the right types of nutrition for their lifestyles, as well as the role that the private sector may play in it. The discussion was moderated by Mr Rizvi Zaheed, Managing Director of Hayleys Agriculture and tabled by Brenda Barton, Country Director of the WFP and Chandula Abeywickrama, Chairman of CSR Lanka, alongside several other representatives from the private and public sectors alike. Presentations were also prepared by Laksiri Nanayakkara of the WFP, Sashrika Jayasinghe of the WFP and Maree Bouterakos of the FAO, who brought to...

CSR Sri Lanka Receives USAID Support to take Transformative Corporate Social Responsibility forward in Sri Lanka

January 31, 2017

CSR SRI LANKA launched the project ‘’Stakeholder Collaboration for Sustainable Development’’- SCoSD which was awarded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The SCoSD project spans over two years and seeks solutions relating to Corporate Social Responsibility with sustainability through a wide collaboration of stakeholders. The Project launching ceremony took place on the 31st January 2017 at Ramada in the presence of Ann Marie Yastishock – USAID’S Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia, Dr Andrew Sisson – Mission Director, USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives, CSR SL members and the Board of Directors, Corporate sector representatives, Officials from the government and civil society representatives. Dr. Andrew Sisson, USAID Mission Director and Mr. Chandula Abeywickrema, Chairman, CSR SL officially launched the project. As a key initiative of empowering the sustainability in the corporate sector in Sri Lanka with the support and encouragement of USAID, the CSR Sri...

Mahoga Launch

July 29, 2016

MillenniumIT (a member of London Stock Exchange Group) together with CSR Sri Lanka has launched Mahoga, a revolutionary matchmaking platform that paves the way for corporations to engage in meaningful corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity. The launch was held in the presence of MillenniumIT CEO Mack Gill, CSR Sri Lanka Chairman Chandula Abeywickrema and board members, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris, USAID Mission Director to Sri Lanka Andrew Sisson, investors, beneficiaries and senior members of the corporate sector Visit Mahoga  

Policy Dialogue on the National Priorities for Private Sector Responsibility and Sustainability

May 26, 2016

sponsored by University of Sussex and Durham University (Dfid and ESRC funding) Good Governance Elimination of collaborative corruption, tax evasion, lack of active citizenship, concentration solely on the profit motive, human rights factor, lack of response, ethics, transparency, law and order. Female participation Women empowerment, women’s economic participation, single headed households where the female is the single parent, the lack of contextualised gender equality, human rights education with respect to women, women being paid less despite their educational qualifications (under employment). Entrepreneurship, Youth Development and Youth Empowerment The academic form of free education has created desire for exclusivity- white collar jobs. Technical, vocational, and skills based education is marginalized - no aspiration to skills based employment career. There is a huge gap between employment opportunities and employability. Issues with dignity of the labour. Insufficient systems for training of teachers, Disparity in the level of education in the rural areas as...

CSR Sri Lanka takes Sustainability to North

March 26, 2016

Jaffna workshop titled P4 (passion- principal-practice –empowerment) was a great success. P4 was a one day workshop in Jaffna on the 26th March 2016 targeting both private and public sector. 25 participants attended the workshop including high ranking academics, medical practioners, Engineers and Managing Directors etc. from various sectors.

Deciders’ Breakfast Forum – Resilient Cities : Vision for the Sri Lankan urban transformation

March 22, 2016

In callaboration with Holcim Lanka and Maga