‘Puritas Sath Diyawara – Going Beyond’ bags 3rd award in a row at the prestigious Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA)
Flagship CSR initiative of Hayleys Group that provides clean drinking water to villages affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – Puritas Sath Diyawara’s “Going Beyond” initiative was recognized by Enterprise Asia as a leading social initiative in the Asian Region. In the recently concluded award ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand, Puritas (Private) Limited of Haycarb Plc which is under the Hayleys Group umbrella was applauded for its efforts of currently operating 13 Projects in North and North Central Provinces in Sri Lanka. All these projects are funded by the key sectors of the Hayley’s Group as its flagship CSR initiative.
“We are privileged to have won three AREA awards in a row for the past three years. This depicts the impact of Puritas Sath Diyawara and its sister program – ‘Going Beyond’ to the Sri Lankan society at large, catering over 25,000 people in the country. Recognition at a global platform gives initiative of this nature the confidence to sustain in the future and expand its reach to provide clean drinking water to CKD affected areas’, Mr. Mohan Pandithage, Chairman and Chief Executive of Hayleys Group stated.
AREA Awards organized by Enterprise Asia recognizes and honours Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship emphasizing leadership, on-going commitment, and involvement in communities and in protection of the environment into the way they run their businesses.
Puritas Oxypura- Personal Protection Partner of the 2016 Colombo Motor Show
Puritas, a fully owned subsidiary of Haycarb, a Group member of Hayleys PLC was the Personal Protection Partner of the recently concluded Colombo Motor Show 2016, the largest international automobile event in Sri Lanka. The Colombo Motor Show which commenced this year under the patronage of Chief Guest Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, is an annual event which brings together global manufacturers, industry specialists, distributors and motor enthusiast.
Puritas showcased their key products that included the new Oxypura Facemask range directly catering to motorcyclists and their passengers. Commenting on this innovative product range, Managing Director, Puritas/Haycarb, Mr. Rajitha Kariyawasan said, “The fast deteriorating quality of breathing air is a growing global concern that need extensive education and solutions for Sri Lankan public as well. As a solution to this serious problem we have developed a new and fashionable face mask range with special activated carbon filter media to vastly improve the quality of breathing air of motorcyclists and its passengers to have pleasurable and safer riding experience. The Oxypura facemask range can be used to protect against the varying levels of air pollution in situations ranging from motor bike riding to agricultural & industrial use.
Speaking on the event Mr. Rajitha Kariyawasan, further added, “We chose to partner the Colombo Motor Show, as it is the annual platform for industry experts and buyers to network and experience the latest developments within the industry. As champions and ardent drivers of environmental sustainability and management, we felt that this was a most pertinent platform to educate the public on how they could benefit from the health and safety factors of our products.”
Haycarb Plc who is the parent Company of Puritas, is a global leader in the manufacture and marketing of coconut activated carbon with a 16% market share.
Puritas manufactures and markets activated carbon based purification products, ranging from facemasks to odour control products under the brands of ‘Oxypura’, ‘Raptor’, ‘Clipit’, ‘Mr. Fresh” and ‘Bin Fresh’. It is a leader in designing and building of water and waste water treatment systems in Sri Lanka and Maldives who also distributes activated carbon for varying purification needs in Sri Lanka. Puritas has been creating value added activated carbon products since 2005, through in-house research & development and manufacturing.
Hayleys Group CKD – CSR Water Initiative “Puritas Sath Diyawara” wins prestigious Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award 2015
Puritas Private Limited brought home the prestigious Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 under the category of SME Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – Drinking water based broad spectrum community development project. The Award honours Small and Medium Enterprises that have successful CSR policies that forms part of their core business and are appropriate to their size and business operations.
Puritas (Pvt) Ltd has been in the forefront of providing environmental engineering solutions with over 280 treatment plants in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives, Thailand and Indonesia treating over 24 million litres of water and wastewater per day. With over 20 years of experience in the purification industry, Puritas (Pvt) Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Haycarb PLC, the world’s largest coconut shell based activated carbon manufacturer and is also a member of the Hayleys Group which is one of the largest multinational conglomerates in Sri Lanka.
CKD is the most common illness amongst the farmers of the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. While the underlying cause of CKD is yet to be determined 400,000 individuals are said to be affected with the disease and more than 22,000 lives lost. It is believed to be a water borne disease and has been proven that consumption of quality drinking water not only prevents the disease, but also reverses the early stages of the ailment. Puritas, being the specialist in water and wastewater treatment, designed “Puritas Sath Diyawara” to provide a self-sustaining, integrated solution for the communities in CKD affected areas. The project includes a Reverse Osmosis water purification system, cost effective distribution methodology, effective waste management system, knowledge dissemination centre, organic farming initiatives, good health and sanitation initiatives, and livelihood development activities. The project was implemented and successfully operating in 4 villages of the North Central Province with 2 nearing completion and 4 such projects are in progress and expected to be completed by December 2015.
Mr. Mohan Pandithage, Chairman – Hayleys Group said that “we are pleased and honoured to have been selected for the SME CSR award; this CKD – CSR water project has been the prime collective initiative of the various sectors of group coming forward to provide hope in the form of water and related infrastructure for a village each, covering close to 15,000 people over 10 villages”.
“There was a real need to step in and support the farming community in the North Central Province by providing them with good quality drinking water and a solution to the community’s needs. Starting with our first project at Maithreepura, Padaviya for a village of 1,500 people, we feel humbled to have expanded the reach. An investment of Rs. 35 lakhs per project with many valuable and committed hours of our team’s own expertise in water purification, we feel honoured to be recognized and ranked amongst the top organisations in the region for CSR,” Rajitha Kariyawasan, Managing Director of Haycarb PLC said.
Mr. Rajitha Kariyawasan, Managing Director of Haycarb PLC and Ms. Sharmila Ragunathan, Director of Puritas (Pvt) Ltd accepted the award at the prestigious International CSR Summit 2015 which was held at Banyan Ballroom, Banyan Tree, Macau SAR on the 19th of June 2015.
Enterprise Asia’s Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards program (AREA) recognizes and honours Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship. The programme highlights the participants’ leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, legal compliance, respect for people and individuals, involvement in communities and in protection of the environment into the way they run their businesses.
Puritas commissions pioneering wastewater treatment plant for the coir industry in Sri Lanka
The wastewater produced in the process of removing unwanted elements in the coir substrate manufacturing process, if not managed properly, can become a threat to the local environment. No cost-effective technology was available to treat this wastewater.Puritas (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Haycarb PLC, using its state-of -the-art analytical laboratory and pilot scale testing facility, successfully designed, constructed and commissioned an advanced wastewater treatment plant at theBotanicoir production site in the North Western Province.
Incorporated in 1995, Puritas (Pvt) Ltd, provides consultancy and turnkey solutions for raw water, sewage and industrial wastes. In addition, Puritas offers customized, innovative solutions to suit specific waste characteristics, site conditions and budgets. The company’s portfolio encompasses over 250 treatment plants in Sri Lanka and in Maldives, Indonesia and Thailand, treating a diverse range of effluents including DC mills,Rubber, Paint, Packaging, Printing and for the Food Industry.
Botanicoir is now the first coir substrate manufacturer with such an advancedwastewater treatment plant. All wastewater is collected in a closed, central system and large particles are removed with advanced filtration technologies. The wastewater is thenpurified via several treatment processes. “After treatment, the water is totally clear and it meets all standards of the Central Environmental Authority”, says Botanicoir’s Managing Director Mr. Kalum Balasuriya.
Representatives of the Provincial Environmental Authority (North Western Provice) were present during the opening ceremony, underlining the importance of the first Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Sri Lankan coir industry. This technology is now available for other coir manufacturers as well and Puritas officials can be contacted on
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