The Bank carried out a series of special projects that broadly focused on education, healthcare, and environmental conservation throughout the year. Driven by a larger vision of creating a thriving society and safeguarding the environment, these initiatives were primarily channeled through the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Trust, which was established in 2004 under a Deed of Trust.
The Bank donated 21 laptop computers to visually-handicapped university students in response to a request by the ‘Centre for Sight’ of the Kandy Teaching Hospital’s Department of Ophthalmology, the institution that handles ophthalmic disorders and helps visually handicapped students to gain admissions to universities in Sri Lanka.
The latest presentation takes the number of undergraduates in this category that have received laptops from the Bank to 62.The Bank previously donated laptops to two groups of vision-impaired students attending universities around the country in 2014 and 2015.
Software Coding Clubs were set up in 50 schools under a STEMup Educational Foundation project supported by the Bank. The project aims to set up 100 such clubs to advance computer programming knowledge among school children and inspire students to pursue Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) degrees and careers.
Smart classrooms that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was established in 100 schools across Sri Lanka, with the backing of the Bank to commemorate the centenary of the country’s benchmark private bank.
Drawing synergies from several ongoing education-centered initiatives supported by the Bank, this project aims to transform orthodox educational institutions to STEM centres, using digital learning content developed for the "Sipnena" online education website also funded by the Bank, thereby giving the project its name: the "100 Sipnena Smart STEM Schools" initiative.
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has funded the construction of an IT lab at the Paranagamawewa Vidyalaya, Welioya in collaboration with the Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni. The contribution of the Bank includes financial support for the purchase of building materials to construct a building for the lab, and donations of furniture, solar panels to power the school, and computers. The engineering services and labour required for this operation were provided free of charge by the Sri Lanka Army.
The Bank’s nationally-scaled community initiative to elevate computer literacy levels in Sri Lanka reached an important milestone with the opening of the 200th IT lab donated by the Bank, a landmark achievement in the year that the Bank celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The recipient of the fully-equipped and furnished IT Lab was the Janadhipathi Vidyalaya, Matara, which also received a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classroom from the Bank.
The Bank engaged in a tree planting project in the hill country capital as part of its centenary celebrations.
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has pledged support to a marine turtle conservation project in Panama, a village on the east coast of Sri Lanka, to enable the expansion of the scope of the project from the Kumana village to Panakala Lagoon.
The immediate objective of the programme is to protect the nests and eggs of four endangered species of sea turtles from predators such as pigs, foxes, mongoose, spotted iguana and dogs.
The CSR Trust of the bank made a series of donations of essential equipment to hospitals to support doctors and healthcare personnel battling to treat victims and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Bank donated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits, N95 protective masks, surgical masks, surgical suits and hand sanitiser in bulk as well as in dispenser form to the hospitals based on identified needs. The Bank also made a cash donation to the COVID-19 fund established by the government.
The Bank donated an Activated Clotting Time (ACT) machine and 20 syringe pumps to the Children’s Heart Centre of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo to be used in three Cardiac Theatres and two Intensive Care Units.
The Bank announced a partnership with the Sri Lanka Army to financially support the second phase of the “Thuru Mithuru Nawa Ratak” initiative designed to transform Sri Lanka into a country self-sufficient in essential food.
The Bank provided the 135-year old Sri Nagarukkarama Temple in Kotikawatte, Angoda with water and sanitation facilities. Following a request from the custodian of the temple, the Bank constructed a 50-foot water tank storage tower with the capacity to hold 20,000 litres of water and accommodate four washrooms.