Further extending its commitment to eco-friendly and cost-effective modes of transportation, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, partnered with private sector banks Sampath Bank, Nations Trust Bank and DFCC Bank to promote cycling as a more sustainable mode of commuting to work.
The bankers organised a cycle ride parade for their employees recently, commencing from DFCC customer center in Colombo 3. Cyclists breezed through their 25km journey from the starting point, through R. A De Mel Mawatha and rode to the Dehiwela Railway Station and returned to the starting Point via Marine Drive.
“We are very excited to continue cycling and bring the industry together to promote sustainable lifestyles, health and fitness among our staff and unite for common causes in friendship and camaraderie,” Deputy General Manager, Chief Human Resource Officer/ Chief Transformation Officer, L Chiranthi Cooray said.
The initiative, is an extension to HNB’s own eco-friendly commuting campaign ‘Walk the Talk’ held each year. The bank has successfully promoted walking and carpooling as low-cost modes of transportation. Notably, earlier this year, HNB encouraged its employees to take up cycling on World Bicycle Day, in response to the fuel crisis experienced in the country at the time. The Bank also took extra measures to offer bicycles at discounted rates of up to 20% through HNB SOLO for employees who wished to cycle to work.
Launched in 2018 , Walk the Talk encouraged employees to choose a healthier, more sustainable way of life and an environmentally friendly commute while minimising the potential carbon footprint and cutting down on fuel consumption.