Hayleys Plantations holds Management Symposium for estate -based teams

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Heralded as a first-of-its kind event for the Sri Lankan plantations industry and local corporates, Hayleys Plantations hosted its inaugural Management Symposium, showcasing powerful new innovations and best practices developed by its estate teams in response to historic recent challenges.

The symposium, a common practice within academic and scientific circles, was the culmination of a structured programme launched across 60 estates and its teams across the island, by the HR Division of the Hayleys Plantations Sector. Encouraging a research-driven scientific mindset, teams were tasked with compiling data and case studies around real-world problem solving, backed by sound scientific and economic methodologies.

The event was attended by Hayleys Group top management and prominent industry stakeholders. The keynote address was delivered by respected academic, Senior Professor Buddhi  Marambe, from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya who reiterated the importance of the private sector investing in research and development.

Held under the theme ‘Innovative Business Thinking and Applications’, the symposium recognised the Top 10 projects / success stories with 3 Company level Winners, one from each of the Hayleys Plantations companies and the ‘Best of the Best’ Overall Winner. Awards were presented to estate teams for high impact initiatives covering triple bottom line areas such as worker happiness, increases in quality, use of renewable energy, innovative eco-friendly solutions, maximising land utilisation and increasing the professionalism of tea harvesters.

A panel of 7 judges, led by Dr. Samantha Rathnayake, PIM Senior Management Consultant and Faculty Member, scored submissions based on value-adding potential, innovation and creativity deployed.