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Just In Time Group first in Sri Lanka to assess with ‘Transformative CSR 2.0 Assessment Tool’

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image_1489638144-82b5c38223A team of members from CSR Sri Lanka conducted a workshop for the Just In Time Group (JIT) recently, to assess their current operations against systematic sustainability benchmarks. Just In time Group (JIT) was the first corporate in Sri Lanka to use the internationally recognised diagnostic tool CSR 2.0; demonstrating their investment towards transformative CSR and to enter into the age of responsibility. 

The aim of this assessment was to evaluate JIT’s current awareness to align business strategies towards achieving a long term value creation through systematic sustainability. JIT’s assessment covered a cross sectional team representing; PR and Communications, Legal, HR, Engineering, Secretarial, Marketing and Managerial – which led to a shared transparent view of the organisation and therefore an effective assessment of the CSR stage that JIT required to strategise to enhance their way forward. 

The assessing team comprised of CSR SL Chairman Chandula Abeywickrema, Director Mahesh Wijewardena and Aitken Spence PLC’s Asst. General Manager, Sustainability Yasangi Randen, who are professionals in their respective fields who are passionate.

Many companies globally tend to practice one of four types of CSR, depending on their level of maturity; namely – defensive CSR (compliance-driven, risk-based), charitable CSR (altruism-driven, philanthropy-based), promotional CSR (image-driven, PR-based), and strategic CSR (product driven, code-based). This theory identifies five principles of CSR 2.0 – creativity, scalability, responsiveness, glocality, circularity and four DNA elements of CSR 2.0 – value creation, good governance, societal contribution and environmental integrity.

JIT hopes to work towards their own goals to assist CSR SL’s objective to shape the fabric of sustainable development initiatives of the private sector by increasing awareness of the potential to create long term value through systematic CSR or transformative CSR.

“Transformative CSR is pivotal to making change happen at all levels be it societal, national, organisational and individual level. To keep with the pulse of our stakeholders, we at JIT are moving forward to embrace and transform with greater sustainability and accountability. We are excited to be a part of CSR 2.0 and also as the first company in Sri Lanka to consult on this,” said JIT HR, Legal and Admin Head Sherene Goonetilleke.

“CSR 2.0 is a strategic engagement that drives corporates towards greater sustainability by identifying key stakeholders namely, shareholders, employees, customers and the environment and ensuring all of their transformation in the process of doing normal business of the company as a business strategy,” said CSR Sri Lanka Chairman Chandula Abeywickrema.

CSR Sri Lanka is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development and private sector companies to improve the quality of CSR programmes to achieve business sustainability and to ensure companies’ responsibility towards their stakeholders such as shareholders, customers, employees, society and the environment to bridge the gap between ad hoc CSR projects and creating sustainable value.

JIT surpasses their two decade landmark in the ICT landscape of Sri Lanka, as a leading ICT Systems and Solutions Integrator to the country. This two decade success with our longstanding customers, strategic principals and committed employees have been the catalyst for JIT’s success and brining many landmark projects with cutting edge technology to the country and making Sri Lanka’s mark in the global ICT map. JIT’s key strengths are focused on; systems integration, software solutions, network and infrastructure, hardware solution, mobility, outsourcing IT professionals, professional services, information security services, support and maintenance services.

To commemorate JIT’s 20 Year milestone, the launch of their ‘20 Reading Corner Projects’ all across the country for rural schools or orphanages as part of their CSR initiative in 2016, “Today a reader – Tomorrow a Leader” is ongoing with glowing success. Working to create a better future every day for our country’s children is a cause JIT is passionate about. We want to inculcate and encourage the habit of reading for children across the island, thereby playing our part in shaping well rounded individuals for the future. 

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