Sampath Bank PLC has been recognized as Sri Lanka’s ‘Best Retail Bank’ and ‘Best Commercial Bank’ for the 8th consecutive year at the esteemed World Finance Banking Awards organized by the World Finance magazine based in the UK.
Flying the Sri Lankan flag high at this prestigious global forum where the Bank has been receiving both these awards every year since 2014, Sampath Bank is the only bank from the country to be recognized here this year too.
The World Finance Banking Award is one of the most respected accolades in the banking and financial services sector, globally. The renowned World Finance magazine has been celebrating achievement, innovation and brilliance since 2007, through these annual awards that recognize banks’ excellence across several criteria.
“It is our honour and privilege to be rated amongst the best banking and financial service providers in the world, and emerge as the ‘Best Retail Bank’ and ‘Best Commercial Bank’ in Sri Lanka for the 8th consecutive year at the World Finance Banking Awards,” said Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC. “We could not have achieved this without the trust and support of our customers, investors and business partners and the ingenuity and commitment of our team members. Awards such as this give us added impetus to recommit ourselves to delivering greater value to our customers and all other stakeholders, as we continue to present their future.”
This recent recognition, one of the innumerable awards and accolades that have been bestowed on Sampath Bank, comes at a time when Sri Lanka and the world at large is reeling under the impact of a global health and economic crisis. The Bank has continued to rise steadily on corporate leaderboards, earning several distinctions for both its financial strength and performance as well as the love, respect and trust it has earned from its customers and the industry.
Most recently, Sampath Bank was ranked as the country’s Most Loved Bank in the 2021 edition of the Brands Annual ‘Most Loved Brands’ listings, compiled by Brand Finance and presented by LMD. The Bank climbed to 7th place in the overall ‘Most Loved Brands’ rankings, rising from last year’s 10th position. It stands tall amongst FMCG giants as the only banking brand to be featured in the Top 10. The Bank was also ranked among the Top 10 ‘Most Valuable Consumer Brands’ for 2021.
Sampath Bank is a 100% local bank that has deeply rooted itself in the lives of the people of Sri Lanka. Established in 1987, the bank has become a state-of-the-art financial institution that continues to be a market leader today thanks to its constant innovation and customer focused approach to business.
It has introduced many firsts to the Sri Lankan banking sector including introducing ATMs to Sri Lanka, extended banking hours, slip-less banking and adaptation of block chain technology to name a few. As part of its visionary 2020 approach, the bank is steadily transforming itself into a ‘tech company engaged in banking,’ from the traditional approach of a bank engaged in technology.