Corporate White Paper on unified CSR model


By Sanath Nanayakkare

Members of the CSR Lanka Board. (L-R) Mahesh Wijewardene, Anusha Alles, Chandula Abeywickreme, and Rizvi Zaheed. Rohan Pandithakorralage and Keerthi Kotagama were also at the head table.

Sri Lanka’s corporate sector last year spent a total of Rs.4 billion on individually-implemented Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects, and the time is ideal to make a concerted effort to bring them all under one umbrella organization, upon drafting a Consensus White Paper, Chandula Abeywickrema, Chairman, CSR Lanka said Tuesday in Colombo.

He said so at a media briefing where CSR Lanka along with several corporate giants of the country such as Brandix, Nestle, Sampath Bank Ambuja Cement, Hayleys Plc. unveiled planned for the upcoming CSR Conference 2014 scheduled for October 3 at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel which marks the first conference of this nature in Sri Lanka.

"A concerted effort of the corporate sector is under way to evolve a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model to develop a unified, high-value CSR structure for the nation, " Abeywickrema said.

"This conference will focus on a cohesive CSR strategy for the country and will have wide participation from the corporate entities of the country. A number of renowned International and local speakers will share their insights and experiences related to CSR projects at the conference," he said.

"The founder of CSR International and world-renowned speaker Prof. Wayne Visser will take centre stage speaking on the importance of Sustainability Leadership. Economist, author and Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, Professor Saman Kelegama will share his expertise on the national priorities and importance of stakeholder focus."

"The conference will include two panel discussions. The first will focus on ‘Collaboration’ and the second plenary session will focus on ‘Resilience in CSR Efforts’ where Prof. Tom Widger, Associate Researcher (Anthropology) at the University of Sussex will also be speaking, "he said.

Abeywickrema said any organization; public, private or non-profit would be welcome to join hands in this meaningful effort regardless of any differences.

The conference will be preceded by an intensive workshop in association with MVO Nederland - the largest CSR business network in Europe, and renowned as a knowledge centre for CSR for 30 of Sri Lanka’s top CSR contributors. The two day workshop scheduled for September 30 will cover a range of topics including, best global practices in CSR, research and analyses.

Tickets priced at Rs. 12,500/= and will be available at the CSR Lanka Conference Secretariat (No. 45, Silva Road, Rajagiriya). For more information contact Shiong on 0721 644 969 or Shamnika on 0712 644 939 or visit

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