Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence sole Lankan company in Top 100 Global Companies for Sustainability 2022
Daily FT: Aitken Spence PLC has been recognised in the global ranking of Top 100 Companies in Sustainability 2022, in an independent assessment carried out by the ‘Sustainability’ magazine which is an established international publication.
Aitken Spence is the only Sri Lankan company to have been included in this ranking of global industry leaders such as Nissan, Lenovo, Novo Nordisk, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, PWC, Ernst & Young and KPMG to name a few with Schneider Electric taking the highest position in the ranking.
The DPD Group, which operates in Sri Lanka with Aitken Spence as its network partner, is also listed in this ranking.
The ‘Sustainability’ magazine is a trusted, leading voice on sustainability with a global platform, with a targeted audience of global executives. It is a digital community for the global sustainability space that connects the world’s largest sustainability brands and their most senior executives with the latest trends, industry insight, and influential projects as the world embraces technology and digital transformation. This is a matter of pride for Aitken Spence as well as the private sector in Sri Lanka for illustrating leadership in sustainability.
Commenting on this recognition, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Dr. Parakrama Dissanayaka said: “At Aitken Spence, we manage the triple bottom line by controlling the fourth P – the processes we use to run our operations. This recognition is an appreciation to every single Spensonian who has passionately embraced the Group’s commitments to sustainability.
“It is their effort coupled with the unwavering support of the senior management of the company that has put our sustainability strategy on the global map. It is what kept us going as we worked through some of the toughest times we have faced in the last couple of years without compromising on our commitments to sustainability. We are truly humbled by this recognition at a global platform.”
Aitken Spence took an integrated, systemic approach to sustainability more than a decade ago, well ahead of their peers. The company focused on institutionalising policies and procedures to ensure social and environmental governance and sustainability.
The latest ranking of Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence Plc portrays the growth of the country’s private sector and overall resilience of the overall economy. Even amidst the challenges posed by the global Covid 19 pandemic, several key economic sectors in the country as well as a majority of private sector companies recorded a growth and profits. Sri Lanka’s economy is currently undergoing a transformation with an aggressive development programme and a push towards placing the country as an emerging business destination in the South Asian region. Given Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as concessions enjoyed by the country positioning it as a growing business hub, foreign businesses/investors could confidently explore the growing opportunities in Sri Lanka. Foreign businesses/investors could also look at forming partnerships or joint ventures with local businesses.
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