HNB sweeps CCC Best Corporate Citizen Awards with 5 awards for sustainability


Left to right: Roshan Fernando, Senior Manager – Facilities Management, Gayathri Ganeshan, Senior Manager – Talent Development & Sustainability, Prashantha Hewapathirana, Senior Manager – Premises & Engineering, Anusha Gallage, Chief Financial Officer, Jonathan Alles, Managing Director/CEO, Chiranthi Cooray, Chief Human Resource Officer/DGM – Human Resources, Hemantha Senanayake, Assistant Manager – Sustainable Business, Niroshini Wettasinha, Chief Manager – Legal and Shanel Perera, Officer in Charge – Sustainable Business of HNB with the awards.

Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) delivered superior performance winning 5 awards at the recently concluded Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2017 (BCCSA).

HNB has been consistently ranked among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens in Sri Lanka, having previously won the title a total of 7 times in the past. During this year’s ceremony, HNB’s resolute commitment to triple-bottom line principles and pioneering sustainability initiatives enabled the bank to be adjudged 1st Runner-up in the Top 3 awards.

Similarly, the Bank’s business model helped HNB to win the award for the Most Sustainable Company in the Finance sector while the bank’s ambitious investments into renewable energy helped the bank to clinch the award for Best Sustainability Project.

"We take pride in the continuing recognition which HNB's vital and growing contributions to sustainable business in Sri Lanka has received at the BCCS awards. HNB remains fully committed towards a proactive approach to Corporate Social Responsibility that focuses on the utilization of technology, strategy and a complete corporate culture and structure in furtherance of the financial, social and environmental sustainability and in alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." HNB Managing Director / CEO Jonathan Alles said.

Over the past year, HNB invested in Sri Lanka's largest rooftop solar project, spanning 70 HNB Customer Centres and generating approximately 2 kWh of clean, renewable energy. Fueled by investments of Rs. 350 million from the Bank, HNB's Rooftop Solar project has resulted in a drastic reduction of the Bank's carbon footprint by approximately 1,215 tonnes per annum. Meanwhile plans are already in motion to further expand this vital initiative across the bank's entire extensive Customer Service network in the near future.

Similarly, HNB has been active in funding development projects that provide sustainable outcomes to the country as a whole, such as its recent support for three new green energy projects of solar and hydro financed with an exposure totaling Rs. 1.8 billion. More recently, the bank was also involved in as lead arranger to a syndicated loan of Rs. 9 billion towards the construction of a 10 MW garbage-to-energy power plant that will contribute to the national grid through the conversion of between 500-700 metric tonnes of garbage into energy.

Continuing its efforts to support Sri Lanka’s rich bio-diversity, HNB sponsored a special awareness programme in 2017 aimed at improving understanding on the subject of waste management together with a seminar to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity.

"HNB’s approach to responsible corporate citizenship has been consistently validated over the years and our recent performance at the BCCSA 2017 is further evidence of this remarkable legacy in responsible, sustainable business practices encompassing entrepreneur creation, reducing carbon footprint, education and literacy improvement, supported by an effective governance structure and dashboards.

"As a systemically important bank
in Sri Lanka we consider it our
obligation to proactively influence and effect change in the sphere of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Digital Banking Transformation journey we
are on is aligned to this endeavor,"
HNB Chief Operating Officer, Dilshan Rodrigo said. - HNB

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