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MAS CHAMPIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION FOR SRI LANKA YOUTH

 
 

MAS Holdings felicitated the ECO Go beyond Schools Sustainability Awards for the 2nd consecutive year on 7th October 2008 at the MAS Institute of Management Technology, Thulhiriya. Schools were recognized and rewarded for their outstanding contribution towards developing a sustainable future.
 
MAS Eco Go Beyond, a strategic Sustainability initiative of MAS Holdings commenced in August 2006. The Schools Sustainable Development Education Project is a flagship initiative of this programme which is aimed at introducing the concept of Sustainable Development and creating understanding of its applicability to youth as tomorrow’s leaders. In the first year of commencement, in-school workshops were conducted in 20 schools in the communities of Horana, Agalawatte, Pannala, Kuliyapitiya  and Hanwella followed by a project activation phase which enabled  the morphing of “Sustainable development” from an abstract concept to a ground reality that impacted the everyday life of the audience of 15- 18 year old youth. The total target group comprised 8080 youth.. In 2008 the programme worked across an additional three Business units (Thulhiriya, Kandy and Awissawella)  and to date has impacted 11,260 youth in 30 rural schools in Sri Lanka.  This initiative is endorsed and supported by the Ministry of Education.

 

 
 

His Excellency Tore Hattrem, Ambassador of Norway and His Excellency Michel Lummaux, Ambassador of France were the Guests of Honors and Mr Joel Bacha, ESD project coordinator of UNESCO Asia pacific regional office Bangkok was also present. The audience comprised additional secretaries for the Ministry of Education, 29 school principles, 29 teachers and 280 students.

Pallekanugala Maha Vidyalaya, Walagedara Maha Vidyalaya, St. Mary's (Tamil)  Maha Vidyalaya Yatiyantota and Ms. Achini Pearl Ratnayake of Pallekanugala Maha Vidyalaya were the 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and the Most Committed Teacher winners respectively.

 

 
 

Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean, Chairman MAS Holdings presented the 1st place award to the students of Pallekanugala Maha Vidyalaya for their winning project on Student Personality Development.  The project was a systematic and effective approach to develop the personalities of students by understanding the problems at hand and developing solutions to overcome them.

Commenting on the honor His Excellency Michel Lummaux, Ambassador of France stated, “For the first time in Sri Lankan history we see a training dedicated for the students in sustainable development. In the future, employment related to sustainability will be more valuable compared to the rest”

His Excellency Tore Hattrem, Ambassador of Norway provided us with some insight to the worlds contribution to sustainability by stating, “The fact that the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Al Gore, former vice-president of the US, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a dramatic statement about the need to tackle climate change and underlines the gravity of the situation facing our planet.”

Mr Joel Bacha, ESD project coordinator of UNESCO Asia pacific regional office Bangkok stated in his key note address, “Today we experienced what the youth of Sri Lanka have done to demonstrate the sustainable change needed in the world and their impeccable contribution towards learning it. You have to be the change you want to see in the world and these students have certainly shown us that”

Mr. Ravi Fernando, Director, Corporate Branding and Strategic Sustainability, MAS Holdings added, “We are born to this world to ensure that we protect our mother earth. This programme has set a benchmark in teaching sustainability across the region”

Today, MAS is the lead strategic partner for Victoria’s Secret (VS) servicing numerous global brands including Nike, Speedo, Marks & Spencer (M&S) & Triumph international. Our global operations include design studios & 30 world class manufacturing facilities spearheaded by our skilled international team of over 44,000 people. We continue to be committed to ethical and sustainable practices that complement the balance in social & environmental spheres alongside our operational excellence.

The opening of the MAS Fabric Park in Thulhiriya re-confirmed our commitment to sustainable opportunities. Sri Lanka’s first privately owned eco-friendly industrial part was launched at the end of 2007, offering investors the opportunity to focus on their core business activities, whilst the park managers the complete solution of water, electricity, effluent treatment, human resources, training and lifestyle. The first ever green power supply agreement to be signed in Sri Lanka affirmed our commitment to eco- sustainability.

 

 

October 10, 2008

MAS FABRIC PARK /MAS ECO GO BEYOND SCHOOLS GREEN COVER PROJECT

 
 

MAS Fabric Park (MFP) and the MAS Eco Go Beyond programme commemorated World Environment Day on 5 June with the participation of the three community schools in MAS Fabric Park and MAS Eco Go Beyond Green Cover Project. Three schools in Thulhiriya, Thulhiriya Maha Vidyalaya, Ambepussa Maha Vidyalaya and Dudley Senanayake Madya Maha Vidyalaya participated in a tree planting campaign which aimed at increasing green cover in the park.

The three schools made arrangements for the students to bring plants which are endemic to this area; over 300 trees were planted. Three zones were segregated for these three schools in a non industrial area. The Chief Guest, Mrs. Sandhya Wijebandara, Additional Secretary – Education Services and Establishment, Ministry of Education elucidated the immediacy of the need to address climate change and move to a low carbon lifestyle. She also commended the commitment and work done by the schools on sustainable development.

Whilst the Fabric Park will be responsible for maintenance of these zones it will also facilitate regular visits by the student groups to sustain the initiative. Each school was presented with a sponsorship of Rs 15,000 and a set of certificates for the 300 students. These three schools are currently working on applied learning projects on sustainability as part of the Eco Go Beyond programme conducted by MAS Holdings.

This green cover project looks at achieving the long term objective of increasing the green cover of MFP from the current 14% to 20% by 2012. Achievement of this target in this industrial zone will be significant in positioning MAS Fabric Park as an eco friendly industrial zone. The MAS Eco Go Beyond programme which commenced in May 2006 provides 11,260 students in 30 schools in Sri Lanka a theoretical and practical knowledge of sustainable development.

 
 

Mrs. Sandhya Wijebandara, Additional Secretary, and Ministry of Education planting the first tree. ( L – R) Mr. Lalith Samarawikrama , Chief Operating Officer, MAS Fabric Park Mr. Chandan De Silva, CEO, MAS Institute of Management and Technology, Mr. Timothy Speldewinde, Member of MAS Holdings Board/MD  MAS Fabric and Mr. Ravi Fernando, Director, MAS Fabric Park Board

 

Caring for our fragile planet

 

June 2008

UNESCO FORMS ALLIANCE WITH MAS TO EDUCATE YOUTH ON SUSTAINABILITY

 
 
 

The MAS Eco Go Beyond programme which commenced May 2006 provides 11,260 students in 30 schools in Sri Lanka a theoretical and practical knowledge of sustainable development.

Sustainability is not new to business. Many current Corporate Responsibility (CR) initiatives embrace both education and sustainability. However, few organisations assume the role of the “educator”. With a vision for education that empowers people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future, UNESCO Bangkok recently partnered with MAS Holdings, a lead apparel solutions in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in line with its decade for sustainable development spanning 2005 – 2014.To this end MAS has entered into a memorandum of understanding with UNESCO to strengthen and upscale the programme. UNESCO will use the MAS sustainable development education model and operations base whilst MAS will benefit from the technical expertise, resource and credibility that the agency has in the realm of sustainability.

Further to in-school workshops held under the Eco Go Beyond programme in Q 1 the selected schools are currently working on applied learning projects which adopt a synergistic approach to “society”, “economy”, and “environment” in the contexts of home, school and community. Each school taking part in the initiative identifies existing sustainability problems and designs its own project to devise the means to address the issue based on the learning gained from the workshops. 

The workshops included activities that turn the abstract idea of “sustainable development” into reality to impact the everyday lives of fifteen-to-eighteen-year-olds. The learning processes and outcomes will be showcased in school exhibitions followed by a dedicated awards ceremony scheduled for October 2008.

Looking ahead
To spread the practice, UNESCO will also develop a toolkit that will allow replication of the project throughout the region. Beyond providing tips “to bring ESD to life”, the toolkit aims to supply ESD providers with content and instructional methodology that can be utilized in local communities.

Developing sustainability mindsets is of particular interest to UNESCO Bangkok as it is for MAS Holdings which exhibits how businesses can take on the responsibility to educate employees, schools and communities.

Eco Go Beyond a strategic corporate responsibility initiative of MAS Holdings comes together with UNESCO’s capacity to provide technical support in the area of ESD to bring this initiative to fruition and we look forward to a continued collaboration. 

Education for sustainable development
UNESCO, Bangkok

 

May 2008

 
 

MAS ACTIVE GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO SOCIALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURING BY WRAP.

 
     
   

 

 

MAS Active continues to be committed as a social and environmentally responsible manufacture by adhering to global compliance standards.

WRAP - Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world. The objective of the Wrap Certification Program is to independently monitor and certify the factories for compliance with detailed practices and procedures implied by adherence to the set standards.

The WRAP Certification Program certifies individual factories for compliance with WRAP's principles and procedures concerning fair pay, workers' dignity, safe and secure conditions and environmental impact.

On 30th April, 2008 WRAP certified all nine MAS Active manufacturing plants for the outstanding dedication to global compliance standards.

Steven A. Jesseph, President and CEO of WRAP mentioned, “It’s my distinct pleasure to present this certificate of recognition and appreciation for your outstanding commitment socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. Through your personal leadership, MAS Active now has all manufacturing facilities certified to the WRAP standard. Your participation and active support of WRAP is greatly appreciated.”
 
About MAS Active
With a support network of the region’s most specialized production facilities combined with a team-spirited and committed workforce, MAS Active create an unbeatable design-to-delivery solution.

Providing national and international sportsmen and women with high-visibility, performance enhancing attire that defies the very boundaries of speed, technology and superlative seamless capabilities has helped the division to stand out from its competitors.

MAS Active is the strategic business partner to Nike, Speedo and the fastest growing supplier of activewear to internationally recognized brands such as Reebok, adidas, and Speedo.

May 2008