Re – establishing their commitment to a green environment, Siddhalepa was once again recognised at the recent Presidential Environmental Awards, with a bronze award. Consistently and courageously championing the green cause, Siddhalepa has been among the country’s annual environment award winners in the past few years. Siddhalepa is also the first Ayurveda company to be recognised in the pharmaceutical category at the Green Awards.
The Group has won awards at the National Cleaner Production Awards for water efficiency, material efficiency and production practices from 2009 to 2011 and won a Green Award for the third time.This year the company strengthened its key criteria for eligibility which are energy saving, waste management, efficiency in utilisation of natural resources, and contribution to CSR activities.
“Our award is a reflection of our commitment to nature,” said Director, Mrs. Lankani Hettigoda. “This award and the awards won in the past are testimony to our commitment to a sustainable living,” she added.
The company has a well-defined Environmental Management system of ISO 14001 and have taken all measures to mitigate the impact on environment due to industrial activities. Siddhalepa’s innovative project for schoolchildren – the Herbal Garden has been hailed as a pioneering and unique environment program which encourages children at a very young age to contribute to protecting our environment. In a country wide program schoolchild are trained to grow indigenous herbs in their school premises and care for the garden with assistance provided by for plants, tools, manure etc. by Siddhalepa.
The company also runs a highly successful national waste management program covering religious sites and maternity homes in the entire country. Storage containers for raw material are modified as waste bins and distributed to these sites to be used to manage waste.
The international environment norm of the three principle – reduce, recycle and reuse is practiced using effective waste management methods for all other types of waste in the company.Caption: Director Purchasing, Siddhalepa, Mr. Wasantha Ariyathilake receiving the award on behalf of the company from Chief Minister, Western Province, Isura Devapriya.