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UNHCR teams up with Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter to improve living conditions of the displaced

12 June 2008

Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter, Brandix Lanka Limited, has linked up with UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in an effort to improve the living conditions of conflict-displaced communities in the country's North Western region.

Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter, Brandix Lanka Limited, has linked up with UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in an effort to improve the living conditions of conflict-displaced communities in the country's North Western region.

This is part of a larger programme involving Quick Impact Projects (QIPs), an integral part of UNHCR's operations in Sri Lanka, which sees the implementation of small-scale and short-term projects that have an immediate impact on communities. These projects aim to promote return as well as facilitate stability.

Commending Brandix's contribution UNHCR Representative in Sri Lanka Amin Awad says, "The group is setting an example to the world of social responsibility by the private sector in Sri Lanka and particularly by the apparel sector, for which they should be recognized."

This is the first step in UNHCR's efforts to forge strategic partnerships with Sri Lanka's private sector, in an effort to address some of the key humanitarian needs of the country.

The group is setting an example to the world of social responsibility by the private sector in Sri Lanka and particularly by the apparel sector, for which they should be recognized
Amin Awad, UNHCR Representative in Sri Lanka

Brandix pioneered the concept of total solutions in the Sri Lankan apparel industry and was once again recognized as Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter by the Export Development Board recently. With a vision "To be THE inspired solution for branded clothing", Brandix is supported by over 20 manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka and strategically located international sourcing offices.

Brandix's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts are driven by the central corporate theme 'Water is Life' and constitute a long term commitment to improving the living conditions of people in need including bringing safe drinking water to households in Sri Lanka.

The Group's community outreach initiatives also include providing water through desalination plants, well and pipe-borne water to communities in and around its manufacturing plants and the improvement of sanitation facilities in needy areas.

UNHCR began operations in Sri Lanka in 1987, and is the designated lead agency mandated for the protection and assistance of an estimated 450,000 persons displaced by the conflict in Sri Lanka. The agency is also monitoring the ongoing return programme facilitated by the Government of Sri Lanka in the East through which some 176,000 persons have already returned to their villages of origin.

 

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