Kishani Weerasinghe

Employee Relations Manager, Sri Lanka

“The past 22 years working at Coats have given me many opportunities to grow (for example from trainee to manager) and to have a significant impact on gender diversity at Coats Sri Lanka. In support of Coats Diversity & Inclusion initiative, I recently implemented a local Diversity and Inclusion programme, which enabled employing female colleagues on the production floor as well as allowing them to work night shifts.

This was a great challenge and milestone and required setting new standards, changing mind sets, coaching trainers, mentoring the newly recruited female colleagues as well as ensuring all aspects of legal compliance.

On International Women’s Day Coats launched a global initiative to identify internal role models who are being ‘Bold for Change’. I was delighted to be nominated as a role model and commended by my colleagues for increasing gender diversity at Coats.”