UNGCNSL WATER MANDATE

To combat these local water issues and ensure that all Sri Lankans have the right to clean water and sanitation, the GC Network Sri Lanka is proposing a localized Water Mandate developed using the template of the Global Compact CEO Water Mandate.The GC CEO Water Mandate is a voluntary public-private initiative developed by the GC to assist business organizations in practicing sustainable water policies and practices. The Sri Lankan Water Mandate follows this program by seeking to engage a critical mass of Sri Lankan private sector businesses to combat local water issues through advancing sustainable water solutions.

Since 2006 Brandix (member of the GCNC Board) has been significantly engaged in projects focused on water and sanitation across Sri Lanka. These projects focused on 4 pillars: provide, educate, research and disaster relief, and were initially implemented in areas where Brandix has presence, but eventually expanded to over 3000 water supply projects around the country. Most of these projects were implemented independently by Brandix, but also involved partnerships with organizations like HSBC, John Keells Holdings, Coca-Cola and the Ministry of Water. The Brandix water initiative coincided with the GCNC’s plan to set up local platforms primarily driven by the wealth of knowledge and the best practices available with the UNGC. Based on the willingness of Brandix to work with the GCNC, the Board unanimously agreed to pursue the Water Mandate as the first of the GCNC.

The 2014 Water Mandate targets businesses that are willing to work in partnership with other stakeholders to maximize impact by coordinating efforts and forming multi-stakeholder relationships with the purpose of addressing local water issues.The GC Local Network Water Mandate strives to work with existing water programs wherever possible and to create an action platform for Sri Lankan businesses to share practices and form partnerships.

CIMA HAND-IN-HAND COMPETITION

This competition aims to engage students and their educational institutions in understanding corporate sustainability and its potential benefits to business, society, the environment and the economy. Its mission is to strengthen and support local communities in the realisation of their own ideas. The competitive character of the undertaking encourages local neighbouring authorities and associations to organise challenging and interesting initiatives rather that would create and inspire long-term progress.

The competition will be extended to ongoing sustainability projects that consider the United Nations Global Compact’s 10 principles at three educational levels: International Schools, Local and Foreign-Affiliated Universities, and CIMA Tuition Colleges. At the end of the project, students will be given the opportunity to present their projects and reports, before a final decision is made.

The winning team from each category will receive the title of CIMA Sustainability Entrepreneurship Winner, and a trophy, as well as gift certificates from sponsor institutions. The achievement will be publicized in newspapers, websites and the press, and the winning projects will be presented at one of the national UN forums in Sri Lanka. Winners will have the opportunity to obtain recommendation letters for further studies/employment.

We hope that the contestants value the exposure they will receive to the CSR industry and different communities in Sri Lanka, as well as to the UNGC and its connecting networks. We are also optimistic about the potential for investors to fund innovative projects in the long term as a start-up. We expect all our contestants to develop and take forward the communication, cooperation, civic awareness, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and their political and socio-economic knowledge, of Sri Lanka.