Kelani Cables CEO Mahinda Saranapala with the award. Kelani Cables HR Manager Gihan Vidanagama, Chief Juror Dr. Saugata Mitka and Juror Dr. Sanjay Muthal are also present
Kelani Cables PLC the corporate giant in Sri Lanka became the first ever Sri Lankan manufacturing company to win ‘Asia’s Best Employer Brand Award’. The award ceremony was held at Pan Pacific hotel in Singapore on 12 August.
Kelani Cables PLC which is the number one brand in secure electrical and communication cables in Sri Lanka competed with 33 countries to clinch this prestigious award.
The annual award ceremony is hosted by Employer Brands Institute and World HRD Congress with CHRO Asia as a strategic partner. Asia’s Best Employer Brand award is endorsed by the Asian Federation of Business. The award is considered the most recognised one amongst awards conferred to organisations that contribute towards strengthening Asia’s economy.
An internationally recognised panel of judges constitute professionals from different parts in Asia scrutinise applicants with strict discipline to select a winners each year.
The eligibility criteria for the award are twofold. Either an Asian company can apply for the award individually or an independent panel of judges can evaluate a particular company’s credentials to grant the award. Significance of Kelani Cables having been selected as the winner for this year’s award is the award been conferred on a recommendation made by the independent panel of judges. They have carried out a nonbiased research on Kelani Cables PLC to select it as the winner for 2015.
The nine-member jury has chosen organisation award winners based on following criteria:
Been exemplary in learning and development
Communicating distinctiveness in employee hiring, training and retention practices
Kelani Cables PLC CEO Mahinda Saranapala received Asia’s Best Employer Brand Award 2015 amidst a gathering of over 200 most senior personnel from Asian companies. The award was presented by Chief Juror Dr. Saugata Mitka and Juror Dr. Sanjay Muthal. The occasion was also graced by Kelani Cables PLC Manager – HR Gihan Vidanagama. Saranapala was privileged to address the prestigious gathering. He delivered a profound speech on the theme; 480 employees, ‘480 hearts with one beat’ which focused on HR policy of the company.
The CEO expressing his views told the award has endorsed the best HR policy practices maintained by his company. “Kelani Cables continue to be the number one brand in secure electrical and communication cables in Sri Lanka. That goes hand-in-hand with our HR policy and code of conduct. Thus Asia’s Best Employer Brand award 2015 will add immense credibility to our products as well as the HR policy of the company. This brings to fore the determination of our employees to offer superior products to our customers,” he said.
Kelani Cables PLC is a 100% Sri Lankan company serving the nation for over four decades manufacturing electrical and communication cables. The company achieved ‘Super Brands’ status in the electrical and telecommunication sector in 2008 for professional supremacy it demonstrated in the sector. In 2012, Kelani Cables PLC clinched the bronze award for the Excellent Business Brand category at the SLIM Brand Excellence. It clinched gold at the SLIM Brand Excellence once again in 2013 for the same category.
The company secured gold at the SLITAD People Development – 2013 award ceremony for the contribution it has made towards training and development of the work-force plus up keeping their welfare. Kelani Cables PLC is the proud recipient of ISO 9000:2008 for quality, ISO 14001:2004 for better environment management, National Standards award and the gold winner of Taiki Akimoto 5S award.