Our success should be mirrored in the communities from which we operate. We believe in creating long-term value for all our stakeholders.
Hence, we build sustainable partnerships to engage with and develop communities around us. Aitken Spence works with communities in which we operate, along with other relevant organizations and authorities to improve the educational, cultural, economic, social and environmental well- being of those communities.
Whether it be by providing international hospitality careers to rural youth or improving water infrastructure for community well-being, Aitken Spence is keen address key needs of its neighbours wherever we operate.
At Aitken Spence, corporate sustainability in practice translates into creating sustainable value and driving reliable growth. One of the most effective ways of being a meaningful partner with the community is to generate livelihoods; by opting for locally based suppliers at significant locations of operation or by facilitating employment opportunities for talent from the local communities when and where possible. The definition of local is subjective and depends on the operation of each subsidiary. For most operations, we have defined the areas within a 20 km radius as 'local' and priority is given to local communities as and when possibility in employment as well as purchase of goods and required services.
For example; At Heritance Ahungalla, 'local' refers to a radius of 10 – 20km from the hotel due to its proximity to the neighbouring communities. The hotel sources 100% of the vegetables, 90% of the fruits, 100% of the fish, 40% of the meat from within this community. Aitken Spence Travels uses local suppliers for 100% of their safari vehicles in the locations such as Yala, Udawalawe, Horton Plains and Minneriya. Over 80% of the senior management team of Hill Top Hotel are from within a 35 – 40km radius of the hotel. The senior management teams of Adaaran Select HudhuRan Fushi and Adaaran Select Meedhupparu consist of 25% local team members while the management team of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo consists of 57% local team members. 36% of the senior management team at Heritance Tea Factory is from the community that lies within a 20km radius locality from the hotel.
Funds channeled to different community benefit and infrastructure development projects through Aitken Spence companies during the last couple of years exceeds Rs. 40 million. More details of our community development efforts are detailed in these case studies;