The John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation (‘Foundation’) swiftly came to the aid of recent victims of floods in Bandaragama. The Foundation donated 5,000 packs of essential food items – including rice, tea, sugar and meat balls – worth approximately Rs.2.5 million to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights. The distribution of part of the relief items was carried out by the Minister for Disaster Management and Human Rights, the Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe on 10 June 2008.
Speaking on behalf of the John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation, Sumithra Gunesekara, Director, John Keells Holdings, said, "The victims of the torrential rains were rendered nearly helpless and we consider it both our responsibility and a privilege to be able to assist them in their need. Employees from across the Group rallied round to help pack the rations and a team took time off from work to travel to Bandaragama and help distribute them. At JKH, this is one of the values we abide by: reaching out to communities, identifying their needs and simply helping them. This has been instilled into all our employees and I am pleased that, be it a flood or a tsunami, everyone is eager and willing to help out in any way they can."
The John Keells Responsibility Foundation is a registered voluntary social service organization through which the John Keells Group channels its corporate social responsibility initiatives. Since its establishment in 2005, the Foundation has continued to dedicate itself to already undertaken commitments, as well as accept new ones that would contribute further towards sustainable social and economic goals. Giving validity to the work the Foundation does and the means they use to achieve it, the title of ‘Best Corporate Citizen’ for 2007 was awarded to John Keells Holdings PLC by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in November 2007.