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Finance Houses Association revises Self-Regulation Code

25 April, 2021
The presentation of the  “Code of Conduct of Licensed Finance Companies Sri Lanka” by FHA Council members to Central Bank Governor Prof. W D Lakshman.  Looking on are Deputy Governor Mrs. T. M. J. Y. P. Fernando, Assistant Governor J. P. R. Karunaratne,  Addl. Director, Dept. SNBFI Mrs. R. M.  C. H. K. Jayasinghe and Additional Director, Dept. of SNBFI  Mrs. A. P Liyanapatabendi.
The presentation of the  “Code of Conduct of Licensed Finance Companies Sri Lanka” by FHA Council members to Central Bank Governor Prof. W D Lakshman.  Looking on are Deputy Governor Mrs. T. M. J. Y. P. Fernando, Assistant Governor J. P. R. Karunaratne,  Addl. Director, Dept. SNBFI Mrs. R. M.  C. H. K. Jayasinghe and Additional Director, Dept. of SNBFI  Mrs. A. P Liyanapatabendi.

The Finance Houses Association of Sri Lanka (FHA) the apex body of all Registered Finance companies has revised its Self-Regulation Code which has been voluntarily practiced by member companies over a long period, but has to be adapted to changing times.

The timely revisions to the Code were affected to maintain the highest standards on strategic and business operations in Sri Lanka’s Non-Banking Financial and Leasing Institutions (NBFI) sector.  The FHA collective of 39 Licensed Finance Companies (LFCs) is the driver of financial inclusion of Sri Lanka’s MSME sector.

Titled “Code of Conduct of Licensed Finance Companies Sri Lanka” the updated instrument was presented to the Governor of Central Bank Prof. W. D. Lakshman and Bank officials by FHA Council members at the Central Bank premises recently.

Chairman of FHA, Niroshan Udage said, “FHA’s time tested gentlemen’s agreement that was codified some time ago needed revisions and updates as per the needs of today’s changing times. The overall objectives of updating the Code was to comply with all regulatory and legal requirements while adhering to industry best practices. We take humble pride in the fact that the Code was not imposed on our sector by any authority but was self-introduced by all FHA members on their own will, which demonstrates the members’ strong commitment to sectoral integrity and their social responsibility.”

Members of FHA also presented their Sustainability Mandate to the Governor.

“The purpose of the Sustainability Mandate is to serve as the guideline for the LFCs to integrate sustainability principles holistically into their businesses, enabling sustainable value creation through their own financing approaches, in line with defined sustainability guidelines that would ultimately contribute towards national sustainability agenda and UN Sustainable Development Goals,” said Chairman Udage.

“As a growing number of financial institutions in the world are adopting policies, systems, and lending practices that reduce the environmental impact of their operational footprint, it is time Sri Lankan LFCs actively follow suit. We are making sure that financing practices for economic development shall not come at the cost of our ecosystems and our future generations,” he said.

Romani de Silva, speaking on behalf of the FHA sub committee that overlooks Sustainability, said, “Adopting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be significant to every finance company operating in Sri Lanka’s NBFI sector. The good news is that many members of FHA already subscribe to at least three SDG guidelines by default; the SDGs are ‘No Poverty’, ‘Zero Hunger’ and ‘Good Health and Well Being’  through their activities in serving customers at the base of the pyramid. Therefore, Sri Lanka FHA has ‘already arrived’ towards SDGs to some extent. Such facts as our member companies already serving the MSMEs and the Bottom of the Pyramid market and some even investing in Sri Lanka’s Social Enterprises also testifies to FHA members’ active engagement with Sustainability.”

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