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Corporate Social Responsibility

Contribution towards Sustainable Environment

Environmental sustainability is the ability to maintain the qualities that are valued in the physical environment.

Sustainability issues arise wherever there is a risk of difficult or irreversible loss of things or qualities of the environment that people value. And whenever there are such risks there is a degree of urgency to take action.

In Sri Lanka, the ethology of Chronic Kidney Disease is uncertain and has spread widely in the Dry Zone. However, the disease is attributed to several causative factors including high use of agrochemicals, hard water which include high levels of Calcium and Fluoride, and presence or absence of certain chemical compounds (Eg. high levels of Arsenic and Cadmium, low levels of Selenium).

Evidence shows;
• High level of Arsenic, Cadmium in humans
• High levels of Calcium and fluoride in the water
• Presence of Agrochemicals residues in humans
• Excessive and indiscriminate use of agrochemicals

In a bid to build a healthier Sri Lanka, and the keen interest of H.E the President in the eradication and prevention of chronic kidney disease spreading specially in 10 districts led to the establishment of the Presidential Task force on Prevention of Kidney Disease of uncertain ethology. Primary Objective of the task force is to manage the chronic kidney disease of unknown ethology (CKDU) and prevent further spreading with the coordination of respective authorities and ensure, awareness, preventive and welfare measures are in place to the benefit of the effected community.

As a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) the Blue Ocean Group contributed Rs. 3 million on August 2, 2016 towards this project spearheaded by HE The President.

Contribution to the Society

Education in Sri Lanka has a long history which dates back two millennia and the Constitution of Sri Lanka provide for education as a fundamental right. The Sri Lanka's population has a literacy rate of 92%, higher than that expected for a third world country; it has the highest literacy rate in South Asia and overall, one of the highest literacy rates in Asia. Education plays a pivotal role in the life and culture of the country and dates back to 543 BC.

The Higher Education Division of Ministry Higher Education & Highways has a very important role to play in many areas and especially in the area of organizing and directing the higher education system. Ministry has a great responsibility in social and economic development. It has a huge impact towards the Development of Human Resource demanded by the key sectors as well. The present situation created a favourable atmosphere for education sector while freeing the government to finally focus on education and other economic and social development activities. As a result, the Ministry of Higher Education and Education has already formulated policies and strategies and implementing the same to bring the education system of the country equivalent to the standards of the rest of the world.