JAT Holdings PLC, a Sri Lankan multinational conglomerate and the country’s market leader in wood coatings, recently hosted the “JAT ESG Forum 2023” at its head office auditorium. The event, which was a knowledge-sharing session covering environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, brought together sustainability experts from leading business organizations in Sri Lanka, including Dialog Axiata PLC, MAS Holdings, John Keells Holdings PLC, Hayleys Advantis Limited, and Atlas Axillia Co. (Pvt) Ltd. The sustainability experts representing these organizations were able to discuss and share insights about the incorporation of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) frameworks within Sri Lanka’s corporate sector during the event.
The audience included personalities from the wider corporate sector, along with undergraduates from universities around the country, who envision taking up sustainability-focused roles within the corporate sector. The talks, discussions and presentations made at the event were able to convey information and ideas about current progress and future insights, with regard to the implementation of ESG frameworks in Sri Lanka.
During the event, JAT Holdings PLC’s Sustainability Team also publicly unveiled the Group’s latest chemical management initiative, the “JAT Chemical Conscious Project”, which is designed to reduce the impact of JAT Holdings PLC’s emulsion paint products on the environment. In March 2021, JAT Holdings PLC partnered with the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) and the Eco-Innovation Project, which is supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka, to identify and reduce the use of “chemicals of concern” in the building sector. In recognition of the successful implementation of the JAT Chemical Conscious Project, the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) also awarded the “Eco Label” to JAT’s emulsion paint range at the event, which concluded with an evening of cocktails and fellowship.
JAT Holdings PLC is committed to building a green culture within the organization, starting from the acquisition of raw materials and going all the way to the point of distribution of products to end-customers. Committed to ensuring employee and community health and safety, JAT Holdings PLC’s overarching sustainability objective is to develop, manufacture and supply products that are safer for humans and the environment, and implement policies and processes that support this effort across all its operations.