HNB PLC, a leading private sector bank, marked World Thrift Day with a resounding commitment to environmental conservation through a significant Green Pledge undertaken by all of its employees.
The pledge launched in 2009, was fully digitalized in 2023 with staff screening and downloading it via QR code ensuring the entirely paperless
Extending the idea of savings on World Thrift Day to also reflect saving the environment, all staff members of the HNB Head Office pledged their commitment to sustainable practices. They committed to minimizing paper use, reducing energy consumption, promoting sustainable commuting and fostering a culture of environmental responsibility. Through the pledge, the employees dedicated themselves to making eco-conscious choices in their everyday work, contributing positively to the well-being of our planet.
HNB Managing Director and CEO Jonathan Alles said; “Our green pledge is more than just a promise – it reflects our dedication towards going beyond the standard for our environment. As global warming intensifies, it becomes more evident that we are living on borrowed time from future generations, and the measures we have undertaken are just one step on a journey towards holistic sustainability.
Our employees’ Green Pledge is instrumental in this journey, and it signifies our commitment to not only sustainable practices but also a shift in mindset.”
HNB’s pledge is yet another step in their remarkable journey towards a more sustainable future for all. Boasting a Total Green Finance Portfolio 49.5 Bn LKR as of the 30th September 2023, the Bank has also been officially certified Carbon Neutral by the Sri Lanka Climate Fund (SLCF), operating under the authority of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment.
HNB’s Deputy General Manager for Sustainability and Corporate Communications L. Chiranthi Cooray said; “The pledge only reiterated the sustainable initiatives that employees have already put into practice. We are privileged to have an outstanding workforce at HNB, who have emulated our drive towards a greener future. The synergy between our employee- and organization-driven sustainability initiatives gives me great hope for a climate-friendly tomorrow.”
HNB employees have actively engaged in projects at branch, regional, and head office levels, which include donating a portion of their salary towards C-19 relief, nature projects, home gardening, tree planting, and providing nutrition for expectant mothers. In particular, the Bank’s Saru Gewaththa programme promotes home gardening efforts, also underscoring the collective effort commitment of specific bank branches in cultivating plants within limited spaces.
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