National Development Bank PLC achieved a remarkable milestone by securing the 12th position in the Business Today Top 40 ranking for the financial year 2021/2022. This prestigious recognition was announced on April 20th of April, 2023, during an awards ceremony. This achievement is all the more impressive considering that NDB only ranked 21st in the 2020/2021 Awards, highlighting the significant progress the bank has made in just a year.
The Business Today Top 40 Corporate Ranking is an eagerly awaited annual index that acknowledges the country's leading corporate performers who have exhibited remarkable financial performance during the year in review. The financial year 2021/22 posed significant challenges for corporations, given the steep socio-political and economic hurdles coupled with the persistent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The participating Corporates underwent a rigorous evaluation of their growth and profitability while demonstrating unwavering resilience, passion, and dedication amidst the many adversities of the year.
NDB was swift in responding to the rapidly evolving external environment, demonstrating its characteristic agility, which is attributed to its talented team, streamlined processes, and advanced digital and technological capabilities. These attributes allowed NDB to mitigate the effects of external shocks and generate significant value for all stakeholders. Moreover, NDB has consistently maintained one of the highest growth rates for total assets, gross loans, and deposits in the banking sector over the last six years, underlining its potential for sustainable growth in the long run.
NDB's impressive achievement is also attributed to its sustained efforts to drive its digital strategy through its flagship digital offering, NBD NEOS. The recent enhancements introduced to the NDB NEOS platform are industry-firsts, enabling customers to open accounts, perform fund transfers, pay bills, and more, all within a single application, regardless of their location. These advancements have earned NDB commendation from Business Today as a pioneer in several digital solutions, accelerating digitalization to improve customer service, reduce complexity, and optimize the operating model in an altered landscape.
Moreover, NDB has strategically invested in several programs promoting women's empowerment, environmental conservation and biodiversity restoration, and other sustainability initiatives, which have significantly contributed to the bank's commendable performance and continued growth.
It is important to recognize that NDB's success is largely due to the unwavering support and trust of its customers and stakeholders. NDB highly values this trust and confidence and strives to provide superior services that ensure a rewarding experience for all.
NDB Bank is the fourth largest listed commercial bank in Sri Lanka. The Bank emerged as the Most Awarded Corporate in Sri Lanka in 2022 for the second consecutive year as per the annual rankings of Sri Lankan publication LMD. The Bank was also adjudged as the Best Bank in Sri Lanka 2022 by Global Finance USA and Euromoney in their annual best bank awards programmes. Additionally, the Bank was named one of the “Top 50 Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka 2022” by Great Place To Work, USA. NDB is the parent company of the NDB Group comprising NDB capital markets subsidiary companies, together forming a unique banking and capital market services group. The Bank is committed to empowering the nation and its people through meaningful financial and advisory services, powered by digital banking solutions.