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Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

In pursuing WiLAT Sri Lanka’s mission to empower women in Logistics and Transport; at our 4th year anniversary celebrations we partnered with UN Women; HeForShe movement to provide an opportunity and framework for corporates in our industry to demonstrate leadership on gender equality.

HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging men as agents of change and act against negative inequalities faced by women. Gender inequality is an issue that affects everyone, socially, economically and politically. IMPACT 10x10x10 engages key decision makers in governments, corporates, and universities around the world to drive change from the top. IMPACT Champions make gender equality an institutional priority by implementing the HeForShe IMPACT framework and developing the game-changing commitments to advance and achieve gender equality for all. These leaders are committed to changing the world.

Accordingly, WiLAT Sri Lanka took the bold step in Sri Lanka by inviting 10 top corporates to sign up the CEO Statement of Support and make a pledge towards this cause.

As part of our 5th year anniversary celebrations it was decided to conduct a survey among these corporates and invited them to take part in the “HeForShe Awards Survey”, to analyze their initiatives in the work place towards gender equality.

An independent panel of judges selected the organizations that in the view of judges; best demonstrates that its human resource functions are exceptionally committed to support gender equality and nondiscrimination. The questions were based on areas of Recruitment & Retention, Work/Life Balance, Professional Development & Empowerment, Professional Conduct & Due Care, and Mentoring & Recognition.

Best corporates who have contributed towards empowerment of women were recognized under the categories Platinum, Gold & Silver.

The Platinum award was won by the IMPACT Champion John Keells Holdings PLC, while Gold & Silver awards were won by Unilever Sri Lanka & McLarens Group respectively. The awards were given away by Mr. Kevin Byrne, President CILT International, who was the Chief Guest for our 05th anniversary celebrations.

IMPACT Champion John Keells Holdings PLC – Platinum award

IMPACT Champion Unilever Sri Lanka – Gold award

IMPACT Champion McLarens Group – Silver award