Caltex partners with Presidential book project for 4th consecutive year
Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:10
Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC (CLLP), marketer of Caltex branded lubricants in Sri Lanka, has been actively spearheading socioeconomic and cultural development projects through its development efforts for local communities for nearly two decades.
The company’s most recent CSR project is the collaboration with the Government to annihilate the learning barrier in the country faced by rural schools. Caltex officials recently met Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President, at the Presidential Secretariat to mark the company’s support towards the ‘Nena Guna Thilina’ Presidential book project for the fourth consecutive year.
Under this special community program, hundreds of children in less privileged schools receive an equal opportunity to education with access to very insightful and developmental reading material such as encyclopaedias and other books by acclaimed authors.
Over 950 rural schools have benefited under the program to date, where each school received a book pack valued at Rs. 75,000. Caltex has contributed over Rs. 4 million towards this project, providing a new developmental bridge for schoolchildren from less privileged communities across Sri Lanka. “We feel privileged to be a part of such a remarkable knowledge enhancement program launched by the Government, which we are confident will contribute immensely towards linguistic and intellect development in our children who represent less privileged communities. This gives us an opportunity to give back to communities that deserve this free opportunity, which can help the future of our nation as a knowledgeable intellect driven economy,” stated Kishu Gomes, Managing Director/CEO, Chevron Lubricants Lanka.
This year’s donation by Caltex contributes towards the significant mark of 10,000 books gifted under the Presidential book project to date.
Corporate responsibility is embodied in the organisation’s values and the way it operates. The social responsibility projects carried out by Chevron is driven largely by a commitment to socioeconomic development, based on research that considers the medical, social, economic and cultural dynamics shaping the future of Sri Lanka. According to the organisation, community partnerships and being socially responsible are fundamental to the broader success of the business as it assists in ways that help stimulate economic growth and enable communities to prosper.