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Holcim Lanka continues animal rescue program

Holcim (Lanka) Ltd continues its animal rescue program for the seventh consecutive year, with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the Puttalam quarry site.

Maintaining its commitment to the conservation of the environment as part of a global sustainability strategy, anchored to the triple bottom-line approach of creating value for people and the planet, alongside profitability, the company places emphasis on the protection and promotion of biodiversity as part of its initiative to protect and practise responsible quarrying.

Manager, Environment, System Compliance and Product Sustainability, Holcim, Chalaka Fernando said, "It is both an honour and a pleasure to be met with such avid support of this animal rescue program meeting its seventh year of success. Our partnership with the IUCN saw its beginnings in 2009."

Thus far Holcim has helped in the relocation of over 8,500 species of slow moving animals. As the popularity of the program increased since 2012, the increased number of volunteers has led to over 2,000 animals being rescued annually. CEO, Holcim, Philippe Richart said, "We believe in embedding this green culture and above all responsibility for our actions - in this case responsible quarrying, from which we can see the fruit of our labour and passion coming alive in all our employees."

As the world's oldest and largest global environmental organization and a leading authority on environmental and sustainable development, the IUCN enhances Holcim's initiative for animal rescue through leveraging its exponential expertise.

Program Coordinator, IUCN, Shamen Vidanage said, "This is an outstanding effort by Holcim. Having carried this through with such vigour and passion from its inception has been a feat that Holcim has carried on in the years past. We look forward to the continued success of this program and the continued partnership with Holcim."

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