(Left to Right) Kanishka Jayasinghe– CCC, Mega Ganeshan - Executive Sustainability, Linea Aqua, Sarinda Unamboowe - Managing Director, Linea Aqua, Lakmini Senadheera - Manager Sustainability Assurance & Advisory Services, SFG, Lalith Herath - Manager Lean & Sustainability, Linea Aqua, Chalana Perera - Executive Sustainability, Linea Aqua
The region's leading swimwear manufacturer recently reinforced their standing as a frontrunner in environmental sustainability by recertifying their Hanwella Factory as Carbon Conscious®, Water Conscious® & Waste Conscious® for a second consecutive year. The certifications were awarded following stringent conformity assessments that measured the factory’s greenhou segase missions, waste generation, water consumption & wastage, and inspections of the comprehensive management plans that have been introduced to mitigate the environmental impact caused by the said focus areas.
Receiving the certifications, Sarinda Unamboowe, CEO/Managing Director of Linea Aqua (Pvt) Ltd remarked, “We have alway splaced sustainability at the forefront of our business operations. The certifications are a testament to Aqua’s long-term commitment towards reducing our impact, in the hope of safe guarding the environment for the next generation; and wewill continue to find innovative ways to achieve these goals.”
The independent consultancy services were provided by the country’smos trecognised sustainability solutions expert - The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC). Commenting on Linea Aqua’ sachievements, Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne, CEO of CCC, stated, “We are humbled to work alongs ideindustry giants such as Linea Aqua who are passionate about conserving our national resources and taking strong action to ensurethatthey mitigate the impact of their operations on the planet.”
Certified Conscious® is part of a proprietary, diverse range of certifications developed following internationally accepted standards and protocols to measure, manage and mitigate/enhance key environmental impact areas such as carbon, water, waste and biodiversity, by the region’s first verification& certification provider to beaccredited for ISO14064 - The Sustainable Future Group (SFG)
“We can confirmthat Linea Aqua has met all the requiredcriteria to obtain Carbon, Water & Waste Conscious® certifications, including having systems in place for the reduction of the identified impact areas”, Lakmini Senadheera, Manager Sustainability Assurance &Advisory Services at SFG stated during the certificate hand over.
Linea Aqua is no stranger to sustainable business practices. From treeplanting in the Sri Lankan rain forest conservation project “Hiniduma Bio-link”; improving facilities in rural schools & elders’ homes; to large-scale habitat restoration & clearing-up projects in Bundala & Yala National Parks, they have made sure sustainabilityis part and parcel of theirorganisationaloperations. In addition, Linea Aqua announced their intention to maketheir Hanwella Factory Water Neutral® by the next fiscal year. The company plans to systematically replenish all the water they use in theirfactoryoperations, towards reaching an ambitious goal of becoming the first garment manufacturer to become ‘water neutral’ - a concept first coined by the Water Footprint Network of the Netherlands that has been adapted to a regional context by SFG.