Hayleys Eco Solutions drives prosperity for smallholders, expands supplier base by 20%

  • Expands sourcing beyond traditional coconut triangle to North and East
  • Works with women to improve social impact and household income
  • Accommodation and transportation set up to facilitate female workforce in the region

Expanding its supplier base for coconut-related raw materials, Sri Lanka’s leading manufacturer of
value-added coconut fibre products and a subsidiary of the Hayleys Group, Hayleys Fibre, set up
new operations in the Northern and Eastern provinces, expanding its supplier base by 20%.
Working with women-headed households in the area, Hayleys Fibre expanded its operations beyond
the traditional coconut triangle to Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Pallai, Ampara and Pollonaruwa. The move
creates a network of smallholders in the Northern and Eastern provinces offering many households
with new opportunities.
“The Hayleys Group, since its inception 145 years ago, has played a significant role in manufacturing
value-added coconut products. Having worked extensively with smallholder farmers in the
traditional coconut triangle, we believe we have the tools and the know-how to create flourishing
networks across the island.
“Our expansion into the Northern and Eastern Provinces over the past few years is a testament to
this. Thus far, we are connected to over 30 farmers in the region, and we look forward to
strengthening this relationship further in the coming years,” Eco Solutions Managing Director,
Rajeeve Goonetilleke said.
The manufacturer took steps to provide housing at nearby locations for its employees to overcome
the challenges of obtaining transportation.
In addition to increasing its footprint in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Eco Solutions is also
expanding its supplier base to other areas in Southern Sri Lanka, at locations such as Buttala,
Monaragala, Embilipitiya and Suriyawawa.
Hayleys Fibre, the flagship entity behind the Eco Solutions Sector of the Hayleys Group, is a leading
manufacturer and exporter of value-added coconut fibre products. Reputed globally for its
innovative and tailor-made eco-friendly solutions, the company manufactures and distributes more
than 100 products, both locally and internationally, serving the needs of diverse customers, including
reputed retailers and DIY outlets globally.

Eco Solutions Managing Director, Rajeeve Goonetilleke
Workers at an Eco Solutions factory

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