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John Keells Group wins Platinum at WiLAT Sri Lanka’s “HeForShe” Awards 2018


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John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) won the Platinum Award at the Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka’s “HeForShe” Awards on 23 March. 

WiLAT Sri Lanka, in pursuing their mission to empower women in Logistics and Transport, partnered with UN Women’s “HeForShe” program to provide an opportunity and framework for corporates in the transportation industry to demonstrate leadership on gender equality, and invited 10 top corporates including JKH, as IMPACT Champions, to sign the CEO statement of support as a pledge towards this cause.

In 2018, as part of its 5th year anniversary celebrations, WiLAT carried out a survey among these 10 corporates and invited them to take part in the “HeForShe Awards Survey”, to showcase their initiatives in the workplace towards gender equality.

JKH won the Platinum Award in recognition of its commitment as an equal opportunity employer, with not only policies and processes in place to support gender equality and non-discrimination in the workplace, but also their CSR initiatives to empower women in Sri Lanka. The criteria for judging by an independent panel included the areas of recruitment & retention, work/life balance, professional development & empowerment, professional conduct & due care, mentoring & recognition.

‘HeForShe’ is a global solidarity campaign for the advancement of women, initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging men as agents of change to act against negative inequalities faced by women. Gender equality is an issue that affects everyone, socially, economically and politically. IMPACT 10x10x10 engages key decision makers in governments, corporates, and universities around the world to drive change from the top. IMPACT Champions make gender equality an institutional priority by implementing the HeForShe IMPACT framework and developing game-changing commitments to advance and achieve gender equality for all. These leaders are committed to changing the world.


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