DFCC Bank marks World En­vi­ron­ment Day by mit­i­gat­ing plas­tic bag menace

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

As part of DFCC Bank’s commitment to pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, the bank will be giv­ing away 10,000 re­us­able bags to its cus­tomers in ad­di­tion to an­other 2,000 bags for en­tire staff in or­der to com­mem­o­rate the World En­vi­ron­ment Day, which fell on June 5.

Th­ese bags will be given to DFCC cus­tomers who de­posit funds to new or ex­ist­ing sav­ings ac­counts across 139 branch lo­ca­tions from June 6 on­wards, on a first-come-first-served ba­sis un­til stocks last.

Com­ment­ing on this ini­tia­tive, CEO Lak­sh­man Silva said, “On the occasion of the World En­vi­ron­ment Day, DFCC Bank is mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to re­duc­ing use of plas­tic bags by do­nat­ing re­us­able bags amongst cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees. The in­creas­ing in­dis­crim­i­nate use of plas­tic bags has be­come a global prob­lem. The world uses five tril­lion plas­tic bags per year or 160,000 plas­tic bags ev­ery sec­ond, which go on to pol­lute our en­vi­ron­ment. In or­der to com­bat the plas­tic bag menace in Sri Lanka, DFCC Bank is dis­tribut­ing 12,000 re­us­able bags which are ex­pected to con­trib­ute to a reduction of ap­prox­i­mately five mil­lion plas­tic bags dur­ing a pe­riod of two years.”

The bank’s sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives fo­cus on en­tre­pre­neur devel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and emer­gency re­lief in line with emerg­ing is­sues and the bank’s strengths. Pro­tect­ing and car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment is of para­mount im­por­tance to DFCC Bank and it en­gages its staff and com­mu­nity it works with to build a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tion through ini­tia­tives such as beach cleanups, tree plant­ing for staff birthdays and plas­tic re­cy­cling and e-waste dis­posal, in ad­di­tion to pro­mot­ing re­us­able bags.

DFCC Bank is in tune with its re­spon­si­bil­ity to the en­vi­ron­ment, taking the lead in en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives and con­tin­ues to em­brace sus­tain­able prac­tices.

As a bank that has a strong sus­tain­abil­ity agenda em­bed­ded in its values, DFCC works closely with its stake­hold­ers to raise aware­ness about the need to make a tan­gi­ble con­tri­bu­tion.

DFCC Bank Sus­tain­abil­ity Team presents the re­us­able bag to DFCC Bank CEO Lak­sh­man Silva

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