Hambantota International Port (HIP) won in the Corporate Social Responsibility category at the 2022 Maritime Standard Awards held in Dubai, becoming the first Sri Lankan port to win an international award for CSR.
HIP was pitted against 5 other finalists Abu Dhabi Ports Group, DP World UAE, Glander International Bunkering, The Shipping Corporation of India and Tristar Maritime Logistics for the CSR award. The Port’s win at the Maritime Standard Awards is underpinned by a series of well-planned initiatives to support people and the planet.
Johnson Liu, CEO of HIPG, said, “CSR plays a key role in the port’s strategic development and is strongly supported by the China Merchant Foundation, the CSR arm of our global partner CMPort. We believe that the success of our business is aligned with the contribution we make to the sustainability of our surrounding communities and our environment. Today, we received international recognition for our efforts. Some of the major socially and environmentally responsible projects undertaken by HIP include a waste management/recycling plant and the planting of trees to create green lungs in the port and surrounding areas.
Assistance to rural schools and many other CSR events in the district remain a permanent activity in the port calendar. HIP has also helped the community during pandemic times, not only supporting families with essentials, but also providing medical supplies. The Hope Village concept is the port’s flagship project for building and developing communities,
The Maritime Standard Awards, held for the 9th year in a row, is one of the world’s premier shipping and maritime events held in the region. More recently, the port established the Human Elephant Peace Fund, supported by a grant from the China Merchant Foundation. The Maritime Standard Awards, held for the 9th year in a row, is one of the world’s premier shipping and maritime events held in the region.