HNB the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th year | Sunday Observer

HNB the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th year

2 April, 2023

HNB PLC was again crowned as the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th time at the Asian Banker Global Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2023.

Hosted by the Asian Banker Magazine, the awards are considered among the most rigorous and transparent programs for consumer financial services in the world and is designed to showcase regional institutions that establish new benchmarks in stability, innovation, digital enablement and process re-engineering towards unleashing rapid, sustainable growth.

“True to our founding principles, HNB has always believed in building partnerships based on integrity and service to drive progress. For over 135 years, we have upheld this legacy with a strong sense of pride and responsibility, continuously transforming our capabilities to meet the changing needs of our customers.

“We are honoured to be recognised by the Asian Banker Magazine as the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th year, a testament to the dedicated efforts of our team and our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional banking experiences to our customers.

Despite the unprecedented challenges facing our nation today, we remain steadfast in our pledge to serve as a true partner in progress, driving the growth and development of Sri Lanka’s financial landscape for generations to come,” HNB Managing Director and CEO Jonathan Alles said.

Retail banking is a flagship segment for HNB, which caters to the needs of over 2.5 million Sri Lankans islandwide.

HNB has also been a pioneer in leveraging digital banking products, services and channels to provide customers with convenient, comprehensive and secured options to transact remotely.

Over the past year, the bank has delivered another strong and stable performance despite the significant challenges.

The volume of digital banking transactions grew by 105% over the year, with an 80% increase in customers onboarded during the year.

HNB’s leadership in tech-enabled banking has resulted in a series of breakthrough platforms like HNB Solo- a frictionless, one-stop shop for digital payments linked to bank accounts and credit and debit cards that have rapidly gained popularity.

The bank consolidated its position through exclusive partnerships with tech giants to promote the quick adoption of digital payment solutions for merchants.

HNB DGM, Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said, “At HNB, we are extremely proud to have been named Sri Lanka’s Best Retail Bank for the 13th year by the Asian Banker Magazine.

This prestigious recognition is a testament to our ongoing commitment to excellence and our steadfast focus on delivering innovative banking solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers.

“Throughout the past year, we have continued to invest in cutting-edge technologies and capabilities to provide customers with faster, more convenient, and more secure banking experiences. As we look towards the future, we remain dedicated to leveraging our strengths and unique capabilities to drive growth and prosperity across Sri Lanka,” he said.

Having being declared the overall winner, HNB secured four other accolades including Governance category winner, Sustainability Champion for the Finance sector, Second runner-up for Demonstrated Resilient Practices for Covid-19 category, and ranked among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens, a position which HNB has achieved for 13 years.