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Ceytea builds awareness on water consumption

Unilever Sri Lanka’s instant tea factory “Ceytea”, located in Agarapathana, celebrated World Water Day on the 22nd of March 2012, with a prize distribution ceremony held in April. With Unilever’s commitment on environment sustainability, the factory has initiated many projects to reduce its water consumption and the overall impact to the environment. As part of this year’s World Water Day activities, the factory engaged all of its employees to come up with innovative solutions to further reduce the environmental impact due to the consumption of water and awarded valuable prizes for the best ideas.

Not restricting the message to the employees, activities were extended to the community by conducting an art competition among children living in the nearby Agarakanda estate on the theme of the importance of water and the need to conserve it. The competition was conducted together with the management of Agarakanda estate and saw the participation of nearly 50 children from the estate community taking part. The competition was held in two age segments, 5 to 10 years and 10 to 15 years. Winners from each category were awarded valuable prizes.

The factory management provided the children with necessary drawing tools; art books and color pastels as well as sponsored the prizes. The competition was supervised by a team of employees from the factory together with some staff from the estate. The art was evaluated by an art teacher from a nearby school.

“Water shortages are becoming a common global concern due to factors such as climate change and population increase. To grow our business sustainably, Unilever aims to reduce both our direct and indirect water footprint. Programmes such as this help our communities to realize the impact of their actions towards conserving water and creating a sustainable future,” said Suneth Kotuthenne, Factory Manager at Ceytea.

Strengthening partnerships

“At Unilever, we maintain a very close relationship with the society and also with our business partners. For the Ceytea factory, the neighboring estates are both a business partner supplying us with our raw material and an essential component in the social network that we operate in. Therefore we make it a priority to ensure that our sustainability agenda is taken to them” added Suneth.

Channe Ikiriwatte, Manager of the Agarakanda Estate thanked the management at Ceytea for providing this opportunity to the children of estate workers. “This type of programme will certainly help the children of the Estate to enhance their knowledge and make them aware of the impending global water shortage problems and make them to use water wisely”, added Ikiriwatte.

Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd.

258 M. Vincent Perera Mw

Colombo 14

Sri Lanka

+94 (0) 11 4700 800

communications.usl@unilever.com

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