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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

FCCISL wins awards one after the other

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 18 December, (Asiantribune.com): The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) received the Silver award in the category of NGO/NPO in the Best Annual Reports Competition conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL), proving that FCCISL is within the ambit of Transparency, Social Accountability and good governance reflecting its excellent performances.Samantha Abeywickrama, Secretary General/CEO, FCCISL receiving the award from Prof. Gamini Samaranayake, Guest of Honour. Sujeewa Mudalige, Vice President ICASL and Kapila Athukorala, Alternate Chairman of ICASL - Annual Report Awards Committee are also in the pictureSamantha Abeywickrama, Secretary General/CEO, FCCISL receiving the award from Prof. Gamini Samaranayake, Guest of Honour. Sujeewa Mudalige, Vice President ICASL and Kapila Athukorala, Alternate Chairman of ICASL - Annual Report Awards Committee are also in the picture

Earlier FCCISL has received several awards including some international awards. Among them for the first time in Sri Lanka FCCISL won the award for the Best Unconventional project for SMEs at the 5th World Chambers Congress held in Turkey for the FCCISL project "Back to Business".

Then FCCISL was adjudged the Best Social Marketing Project at the Brand Excellence Awards of the Asian Brand Congress held in Mumbai for its “Business for Peace Initiative” (BPI). Just before receiving the award from ICASL, it received another international award for the Best CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Projects again under its BPI from the Asian CSR Forum in Singapore.

Commenting on FCCISL winning these highest international and local accolades one after the other, Samantha Abeywickrama, Secretary General, FCCISL said that it is the sum result of it embarking on an effort to bring in highest professionalism in the Sri Lankan Chamber movement and achieve higher standards in governance and service delivery. All these awards and achievements are to be looked at in the context of milestones in excellence.

He said "We are trying to pushing the limits and widening the wall of the conventional understanding and concepts of Chambers of Commerce." He said that there are some Chambers which are concerned of making profits, looking after their members only and not thinking of other people, the country and the economy. But FCCISL is changing that conventional chamber concept by pushing the limits and enlarge the chambers to gain greater recognition by their local and international stakeholders. It is very important to comply with higher standards of governance and higher standards of service delivery.

Mr Abeywickrama said that as the national apex body they have to set examples for others to follow. He said "We are a strong body with 56 regional chambers and altogether around 12,500 companies coming under FCCISL umbrella and thus it is our responsibility that we set an example by achieving these accolades."

He said that they have gained ISO 9000 international accreditation, the second Chamber in Sri Lanka to gain this standard. They have gained SA 8000 International Social Accountability Standard, first Sri Lankan Chamber to achieve this standard. He said that they are in the process of gaining ISO 14001 the International Standard for Environmental Management. Once they receive this Environmental Standard FCCISL is going for ISO 27000 the International Standard on information security management.

- Asian Tribune -

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