EFL wins big at National Business Excellence Awards 2019
Leading global logistics provider Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd (EFL) won big securing two awards at the National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) 2019 held at the Hilton Colombo on 13 December.
EFL won for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Sustainability and the runner-up award for the Logistics & Transport sector in the Business Sector segment of the ceremony.
The 16th annual NBEAs organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL), saw 92 awards being presented to leading corporates as well as small and medium enterprises that excelled in their respective business ventures, across 29 industry sectors.
This year’s awards used an evaluation model of seven criteria: namely, Excellence in Leadership, Corporate Governance, Capacity Building, Performance Management, Local and Global Market-reach, CSR and Environmental Sustainability and Business & Financial Results.
The evaluations were carried out by an eminent panel of judges backed by a technical team.
Speaking to the media, EFL Sri Lanka CEO& Director, Mr. Jagath Pathirane said the company, as one of the top freight forwarders in the country as well as globally, was veryproud of its achievement.
“CSR andSustainability is about demonstrating our values beyond the confines of the company. It is about being responsiblecitizens and beinginvolved in the communities to which we belong. It is a collective and individual commitment to improving the cultural, social and physical environment in which we live and work. The wellbeing of our communities is an important aspect and goes beyond our business,” said Sabrina Yusoof, Global Lead – CSR and Sustainability of EFL.
EFL’s CSR mission has transformed into a progressive sustainability agenda that envisions a community of responsible and educated employees who are environmentally conscious, practice social responsibility in their daily lives and inspire others to do the same, she added.
In July 2018, Expo revamped its CSR & Sustainability strategy by adopting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which was followed by the launch of an internal initiative called EFL Global Goodness in 2019. The goal behind both initiatives is to encourage all members of the EFL family to participate in projects that benefitbusiness, surrounding communities, andmost importantly the environment, while also aligning them to the four main SDGs that are relevant – Responsible consumption and production, Life below water, Life on land, and Climate action.
EFL is a member of Expolanka PLC – a leading conglomerate with interests in Logistics, Leisure and Investments and now a part of the larger conglomerate in the logistics industry in Japan, SG Holdings Group. The company is ranked among the top 30 air forwarders and within the top 40 ocean freighters in the world. With solutions ranging from dedicated weekly freighters from Asia to USA, warehouse management of over 447,000 m2 of floor area worldwide, the company offers a host of supply chain solutions across its network of 60+ offices in 19 countries. The company continues to integrate the United Nations Global Compact (UN GC) and its principles as part of their business strategy, culture and day-to-day operations and remains engaged in collaborative projects that support the Sustainable Development Goals.