Maliban Biscuit Manufactories, the pioneer biscuit manufacturer in the country, has embarked on yet another corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative where the company is hosting factory visits for school children.
This programme has been implemented with the objective of providing practical knowledge on the manufacturing process of Maliban products and operations of the company, with first-hand experience.
As a company which has been in the forefront in providing goodness to the people for over 60 years, Maliban took this bold initiative to educate the school children. This could be seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity for them to see one of the best biscuit production facilities in the country.
Commenting on the venture, Maliban Biscuit Manufactories Group General Manager Operations Bandula Perera said, “Earlier we did not accommodate outside visitors to the factory due to the strict hygienic standards that we maintain in the production facility. Yet, we had a vision to give an opportunity to our young generation to observe the facility. Moreover, we found out that the school curriculum requires students to visit a manufacturing facility to learn about its operations. Hence, the blueprints of the new manufacturing facility were drawn with the necessary facilities to implement this programme. As such, the newly built plant consists of a viewing deck where the children could watch the entire operation of the factory.”
There are two separate programmes conducted: one for children below Grade Five and one for children of Grades Five and above.
Children under Grade Five will be guided throughout the factory visit with a simple explanation of its manufacturing process, while children above Grade Five will be educated on the company’s management structure, division of departments and the responsibilities of each department to educate them on how a company operates.
“All employees from the top management to the lower grades are dedicated to ensure that this programme is carried out successfully and we have allocated more than 15 team members per programme to make sure that the children are well taken care of during their visit and they are able to gain an interactive learning experience,” added Perera.