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HNB one of Lanka’s most Women Friendly Workplaces

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HNB DGM Legal / Company Secretary, Thushari Ranaweera accepting the award for Sri Lanka’s most Women – Friendly Workplaces from CIMA Global President and Head of Finance and Administration at the World Bank in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Melanie Kanaka in the presence of (from left) HNB Head of Legal Shiromi Halloluwa, HNB Senior Manager Talent Development Gayathri Ganeshan, HNB Head of Marketing Upul Adikari, HNB AGM Risk  Dilunika Jasinghe, HNB Head of Club Michelle De SIlva, HNB Deputy General Manager -Treasury & Markets Arjuna Abeygunasekara and Nayomini Weerasooriya Managing Editor -Satyn Magazine

Celebrating efforts made to uplift and empower women in the workplace, HNB PLC was recognized as offering one of the nations’s best working cultures for women at the Second Edition of the Women Friendly Workplace Awards 2022 (WFWA).

“Sri Lanka’s women have always played an iconic role in our society, contributing immense economic value, and providing leadership at every level. As a nation, it is more important than ever to ensure that women are given equal respect and opportunity in the workplace. We are honored to have received this important recognition, which is a validation of our efforts to create workplaces that empower women, and encourage them to achieve their fullest potential,” HNB Deputy General Manager, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Transformation Officer, L. Chiranthi Cooray stated.

Diversity and inclusion are essential components of HNB’s HR strategy, as evidenced by the banks near even male-to-female ratio of 52:48, while internal research conducted by the bank across executives, managers and senior management roles has found that women and men working in the same pay-grades are evenly remunerated.

The bank also enforces a zero-tolerance policy on sexual discrimination and harassment, while women are well represented in all employment grades, including its Board of Directors.

Similarly, 380 leaders were provided with a unique ‘Women in Management’ development program run by HNB Talent Centre. As a result, almost 100% of all HNB employees have chosen to return to work after taking maternity leave.

Sharing some of her personal experiences working for the bank, Sri Lankan National Women’s Netball Team Captain Gayanjali Amarawansa said: “HNB has always been extremely supportive of my professional, athletic and personal ambitions. In addition to investing in my professional career, the bank also supported the sustainable development of my sports career..”

Sri Lanka Women’s Basketball Team Captain Anjalee Ekanayake shared her HNB experience: “My journey with HNB started as a student manager while schooling. I have been amazed by its work culture since then. HNB has been a source of strength and plays a pivotal part in me becoming a victorious national basketball captain in 2022”.

Monday, December 12, 2022 – 01:00

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