SLASSCOM hosts Webinar on Climate Initiatives within the IT & BPM Industry

December 7, 2021


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In the journey of achieving the goal of positioning Sri Lanka as a green IT destination, the Sri Lanka Association of Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) has rightly identified that it is imperative to establish sustainable ESG strategies for IT / BPM companies that will in turn position them more positively in the international market.

Additionally, as ESG investing accelerates in demand, several key trends are emerging – from climate change to social unrest. The coronavirus pandemic, in particular, has intensified discussions about the interconnectedness of sustainability and the financial system. Giving attention to these factors, SLASSCOM hosted a webinar on Climate Initiatives within the IT & BPM Industry.

The webinar was led by Trinity Lloyd, the Sustainability and Energy Transition Leader at Google -as the keynote speaker- and by Milou van Bruggen from the Sector of Enterprise Competitiveness at ITC. Both keynotes were followed by a panel discussion with regards to climate initiatives within the IT & BPM industry. The esteemed panel included the Chairperson of SLASSCOM, Sandra De Zoysa; the Vice Chairman of SLASSCOM, Jehan Perinpanayagam; and Pyumi Sumanasekara, Partner at KPMG.

The webinar was based on the importance of ESG both for sustainability and as a business practice as a business case for the adoption of ESG. This was followed by an educational segment that covered learnings and best practices for ESG, in order to ensure that it is mutually beneficial to both the environment and the industry

Speaking on the importance of ESG practices for the IT/BPM industry  Vice Chairman of SLASSCOM Jehan Perinpanayagam stated, “Despite its increasing importance, there is not a standardized approach to the calculation or presentation of different ESG metrics. Understanding the relative merits and limitations of different metrics can help to form a more complete picture of ESG risks and opportunities. Environmental criteria consider how a company performs as a steward of nature. Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates. Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights. Effective evaluation and control of these factors will benefit the local IT/ BPM industry as a whole, attracting foreign investors and clients.”

This webinar is an ideal platform for IT/BPM personnel to get a good  insight of some of the best practices and business cases from global tech giants such as Google and ITC and learn from local experts on how they can apply these best practices in Sri Lanka.

Watch the full video to get deeper insights –

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