HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2022 by honoring and paying tribute to its female colleagues. HNBA and HNBGI as leading Life and General Insurance service providers in the country, have taken a number of measures to create equality, diversity and inclusion within the two organizations and promoting a healthy, work-life balance for all its staff members.
Extending his wishes on International Women’s Day, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, Chief Executive Officer of HNBA stated, “Every year on the 8th of March we celebrate the spirit of womanhood and laud their leadership traits, achievements, strength and courage, but in reality, the spirit of womanhood should be celebrated 24 x 7 x 365 as women are the guardians of our families, society and economy. In an effort to create and promote a culture of equality and inclusion and to make a real difference, HNBA has launched several initiatives and programs, especially to empower and motivate women at all levels to reach their career aspirations and goals. For striving to create a meaningful difference, HNBA was recognized among the Top 10 Women Friendly Workplaces in Sri Lanka at Women Friendly Workplaces Awards 2021 organized by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. This recognition augurs well for all our efforts to create a happy and safe workplace for all staff members.
Mr. Wimalaratne continued, “In celebration of International Women’s Day, HNBA together with HNBGI launched Liya Harasara, offering a range of exclusive benefits for women during the month of March and April. HNBA will always be committed to doing what’s right and standing for its core values and beliefs and is committed to foster inclusion and equality and accelerate diversity for women to help reach great heights in their journey”.
Mr. Sithumina Jayasundara, Chief Executive Officer of HNBGI extended his wishes stating, “In today’s society, women play multiple roles amidst many challenges, barriers and hurdles with the ultimate objective of providing for their families and their loved ones. But most often, their contribution, hard work and dedication is undervalued and ignored by the society. It’s time we change this. Empowering women is essential to sustainability of any business and HNBGI will continue to empower women at all levels and create space to grow, shine and prosper”.
Mr. Jayasundara added, “HNBGI is committed to further amplify the voices of women across the organization and drive a cultural change by bringing women to the forefront and highlight them for their achievements, commitment and hard work. Whilst extending my wishes this International Women’s Day, I wish to reiterate that HNBGI is committed to stand beside women, creating a safe and happy place for women to grow and achieve their career aspiration”.
Mrs. Sitari Jayasundara, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Board Secretary of HNBA and HNBGI stated, “I wish to extend my wishes on this International Women’s Day to all brave and strong women and I urge all women to keep going forth and stay focused on their goals, as we’re courageous and unstoppable”.
Ms. Punsirini Perera, Chief Financial Officer of HNBA and HNBGI extended her wishes stating, “Women are strong, women are confident, and women are real go-getters. Over the years, as women we have achieved many milestones together and made history and let’s continue to do so and let nothing hold you back”.
Sharing her views on International Women’s Day, Mrs. Geethani Saram, Head of Procurement and Support Services of HNBA and HNBGI commented, “Women across the country have made great strides in their respective industries and as women we should support one another to overcome day-to-day challenges, hurdles and barriers women face and help each other shine and grow”.
Head of Customer Experience of HNBA Mrs. Shaaza Ossen stated, “On this day let’s celebrate and applaud all our efforts and hard work and what we have achieved as women in our lives. Let’s continue to raise our voices and build a truly happy and safe place for all women across the country”.
HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is one of the fastest growing Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka with a network of 63 branches. HNBA is a Life Insurance company with a rating of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka for ‘National Insurer Financial Strength Rating’. Following the introduction of the segregation rules by the Insurance Regulator, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was created and commenced its operations in January 2015; HNBGI continues to specialize in motor, non-motor and Takaful insurance solutions and is a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC. HNB General Insurance has been assigned a ‘National Insurer Financial Strength Rating’ of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka Limited. HNBA is rated within the Top 100 brands and Top 100 companies in Sri Lanka by LMD and HNB Assurance has won international awards for Brand Excellence, Digital Marketing and HR Excellence including the Great Place To Work® Certification, and won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.