Sri Lanka ‘green’ companies named by ILO

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June 09, 2012 (LBO) – A survey by the International Labour Organisation has named seven Sri Lankan companies as having good practices in providing ‘green’ jobs that ensure decent work for employees and environmental sustainability. Use of ‘green’ sustainable initiatives was high among the 50 companies covered in the survey by the ILO and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, although there were many gaps that remained to be filled, officials said.

A key recommendation of the study was the need to work out policies on green jobs with relevant government ministries to improve implementation, said Mahesh Jayaweera, who headed the study team.

“To see a positive growth in green jobs, organizations must foresee the benefits of green jobs and the possibility of inclining towards a green business by catering to green needs and opportunities and the green market.”

For this to be successful, employers should take the leading role with the employees given proper training so that more ‘green’ jobs are created, he told a news conference where survey results were unveiled.

The seven companies recognised were Hatton National Bank, Seylan Bank, Heritance Kandalama, part of the Aitken Spence group, Cinnamon Lodge h