Fresh leaders to steer Global Compact Ceylon Network
Future advances in global integration, poverty reduction, protection
of our planet and, ultimately, peace critically depend on our ability to
collectively address the most pressing global challenges.
Accelerating the practice of corporate sustainability and
responsibility is an urgent task in these complex times, when crises -
from financial market breakdowns to environmental degradation - are
increasingly global and connected.
The stakes could not be higher, given that climate change threatens
the security of food, water and energy - the interlocking resource
pillars which underpin prosperity and the productivity of the economy.
Putting long-term sustainability, comprehensive risk management and
ethics at the top of the corporate agenda must be a priority for
The Global Compact Local Network Ceylon was officially formed in 2003
at an event that included senior government officials and
representatives from the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and top-notch local
enterprises. The committee consists of Corporate Governance, Operations
and Communication verticals, further strengthening the local body in the
efforts to promote Corporate Sustainability in Sri Lanka.
UN Global Compact Focal Point and CEO Global Compact Ceylon Network
Ravi Fernando said, “With the influence of global business expanding,
companies worldwide are increasingly called on to foster sustainable
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest and most recognised
corporate citizenship initiative. It is the most powerful instrument for
businesses to globally position their commitment to corporate
We are delighted to have a highly capable and dedicated team from Sri
Lanka’s corporate sector to drive economic growth sustainably”.
The steering committee comprises UN Global Compact Focal Point and
CEO Global Compact Ceylon Network Ravi Fernando, Vice President -
Sustainable Development Holcim Lanka, Rathika De Silva, Assistant
General Manager Group Business Development - Aitken Spence PLC Azam
Bakeer Markar, General Manager Corporate Communications and
Sustainability - Hayleys PLC Charmila De Silva, General Manager -
Aspirations Education Deepamala Abeysekara, Corporate Communications and
Sustainability - Virtusa Lakwi Perera, Head of Public Relations -
Virtusa Ashan Kumar, Attorney at Law Revan B. Weerasinghe, Customer
Relations - Ceylon Asset Management Thrishana Pothupitiya.