The pioneering Covid-19 Recovery Programme initiated by NDB Bank under the theme, ‘Jayagamu Sri Lanka’ is a platform aimed at lending support to Small & Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), emerging exporters, aspiring entrepreneurs and enthusiastic innovators of Sri Lanka who are severely challenged by the effects of the pandemic and the resultant impact in global trade and logistical practices.
Since its launch a year ago, the programme has evolved into a sought-after platform among the affected stakeholders in need of support to revive their business undertakings. To this end, the NDB Bank has collaborated with several partner organisations such as the Export Development Board (EDB), Cord 360, Maersk (Pvt) Ltd, Codevus (Pvt) Limited (ERP service provider), Thinkcube Solutions (Pvt) Ltd (ERP service provider) and is a part of the SL@100 initiative developed by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in order to provide much needed assistance and guidance, both financial and non-financial services to the country’s exporters and innovators during the pandemic as well as in the post-Covid revival phase enabling them to build sustainable business ventures.
NDB has made continuous efforts to empower women through various initiatives significantly through SME and Micro Finance. As a Bank, NDB takes every effort to provide constant support encouragement and proper financial guidance for Sri Lankan women with determination to grow in life. With Banking on Women a key strategic focus of the Bank driven under the Araliya brand, NDB aims at improving financial inclusivity, gender equity and supporting women led organisations. The Bank's efforts through Sri Lanka Vanithabhimana, the largest private sector women’s empowerment program initiated in 2020, not only celebrates rewards and recognizes the contribution made by outstanding women from across the country in their area of expertise, but also empowers them for the future in their chosen field.
NDB has always been at the forefront of sustainability by creating value for its stakeholders, through its ‘NDB Cares’ and making sustainability initiatives the crux of all business operations. The Bank’s sustainability goals include ethical business practices, good governance, minimizing of its carbon footprint, fostering of a sustainability culture throughout the organization and implementation of CS initiatives that promote national sustainable development.
NDB has pioneered several initiatives in fighting climate change such as “Let’s Grow” NDB reforestation project of planting 3,000 trees in Matale, restoration of 40,000 mangroves in Puttlam and Mannar and empowering the youth of Sri Lanka with environmental literacy and consciousness in partnership with Wildlife & Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka.