Sri Lankan footwear manufacturer Ceylon Leather Products Plc has achieved the ISO 9001:2015 certification for the quality management systems across its operations, and says it is the country's first leather product and footwear manufacturer to do so.

ISO 9001:2015 certification is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Ceylon Leather Products was incorporated in 1939 by the then British Government to manufacture boots, shoes and accessories for the British Armed Forces. Over the years, the Sri Lankan organisation has been through several transformations and in the process, has establish its brand DI both domestically and internationally.

The company says it achieved the accreditation after a rigorous assessment process. Obtaining the new standards will, it adds, ensure stringent measures and controls are incorporated within business processes to ensure quality management.

"Being ISO 9001:2015 certified cements the fact that CLPL pays constant attention to quality assurance through the systems and processes we have implemented across all business processes," explains CEO Sajeewa Ranasinghe.

"We are not only proud of our achievement, but also recognise the importance of providing our customers with quality offerings, in an era where they have a plethora of choices to choose from. CLPL has stood the test of time and will continue to transform the way the company does business in ensuring quality is maintained and not compromised, across its business".

With the certification, Ceylon says it aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conforming to customer and applicable statuary and regulatory requirements.