Corporate Social Responsibility
 

At Horana Plantations PLC, we have always endeavoured to conduct business responsibly and ethically. Sustainability development, the adoption of best practices and processes that ensures long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability is considered a key business goal at the Company.

We understand that integrating Corporate Social Responsibility in to our organisation takes more than stating objectives and building business processes alone. For Corporate Social Responsibility to take root and thrive, we realise that we must develop the necessary capabilities and culture. Continued education of the workforce and changing mindsets is a key component of a successful Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

Developing a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility framework is a dynamic and ongoing process; and Horana Plantations regularly engages and consults with stakeholders and other interested parties on environmental and social issues, especially those concerning the plantations work force.

On our journey of sustainability, continued focus is important. During the financial year of 2009/10, some of the Company's key community projects are highlighted below.

 

Upgrading of Facilities
Upgrading of crèches and recreational facilities and the provision of amenities such as clean water and electricity.

 

World Children's Day
World Children's Day and World Elders Day was celebrated on Gouravilla and Alton estates on 1st October 2009 giving the local communities an opportunity to interact and enjoy some light entertainment.

 

Oral Hygiene Awareness
An Oral Hygiene awareness programme was carried out on Millakande and Fairlawn Estates during the year. The programme included the conducting of two Dental Clinics by the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Science in Peradeniya and two other Dental Surgeons. Ninety patients were treated at the Millakande Estate, a majority of them were children. The Fairlawn Estate project was also highly successful with several patients being treated from adjoining estates and the local villages.

 

Health Camps
Stockholm Estate conducted a free health camp at the Sinhala Vidyalaya, Upcot with the assistance of the Lions Club, Kotahena. Four General Physicians from the National Hospital Colombo and Pearly Hospital (Pvt) Ltd, Colombo with the Consultant V.O.G., District Base Hospital, Dickoya and his staff screened 47 pregnant mothers from Stockholm, Alton, Gouravilla and Mahanilu estates. 210 Male and female workers from Stockholm estate were screened for Haemoglobin levels by officials of Emerchemi (Pvt) Ltd and those requiring iron supplements were provided with starter packs. There were 1,023 patients who were treated at this camp of which 638 patients were from other estates. All patients were issued with free medicines.

 

Dengue prevention
In light of the unprecedented outbreak of Dengue Fever around Sri Lanka, Horana Plantations took preventive action in the estates to reduce the incidence of this disease in the community. Cleanup programmes were organised to keep the local areas free of mosquito breeding sites and awareness programmes were conducted with the assistance of community leaders and volunteers to educate the people about dengue symptoms and prevention.

 

Lending a hand
With the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in May 2009, some 300,000 persons in the north of the island were displaced in the final phase of the military operations. In the spirit of brotherhood and reconciliation, Horana Plantations made arrangements to make donations to the northern displaced persons, including dry rations, water and other necessities. The donations were channelled through the Estate Worker Housing Cooperative Society, to encourage the community to be stakeholders in this reconciliatory and nation building endeavour.

 

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)
In the period under review, Horana Plantations worked with the Ethical Tea Partnership to make significant sustainability improvements on our estates. The initiatives focused on equipment safety and the use of protective clothing, sanitation, water and washing facilities and housing.

Horana Plantations shares the ETP vision of a thriving industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable, striving to improve the lives of tea workers and to ensure that tea drinkers can be confident that the tea in their cup has been produced under good social and environmental conditions. The Company conforms to all requirements of ETP standards and all our tea estates continue to be monitored and audited by ETP for continuous improvement.

 

The road to sobriety
Alcohol abuse in plantation communities have remained a constant problem, leading to many other social hazards including child abuse and domestic violence. The Company has continued to focus on preventing alcohol abuse, through awareness programmes and incentive schemes. Horana Plantations has collaborated with the Ministry of Plantation Industries and the Plantation Development Project, on these projects. The Alcohol and Drug Information Center (ADIC) was one of the organizations selected to provide all project services including awareness programmes, conducted using propaganda posters, banners and leaflets as well as street drama to illustrate the negative effects of alcohol abuse. The programme has produced positive results in many areas.

 
 
 
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No. 20, R A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3 Sri Lanka.
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