Bata International serves customers in much of Asia, the Pacific and Africa through its 3,000 stores and many dealers. It is supervised from Singapore. Bata International operates shoe innovation centers in several countries as well as 30 factories to serve individual markets. Bata Europe is based in Paris and operates 500 stores offering fashionable footwear. The world-class shoe innovation center just outside of Venice supplies many of the exclusive lines found in Bata stores throughout Europe.
Bata Latin America is based in Mexico City. Bata is the leading retailer of shoes in Latin America and the leading marketer of children’s branded footwear. Bata Canada is based in Toronto from where 250 stores serve the Canadian market. Its chain of Athletes World’s and Nike Shops is the leading fashion source in Canada for young urban customers.
Bata Shoe Company of Ceylon Limited was incorporated on the 9th of June, 1950 at Grand pass, Colombo in a small warehouse with 53 persons. Our initial representation was only in the City of Colombo and the Retail operations commenced in 1951 from our outlet in Main Street, Colombo 11.
Today we have a spacious factory and office in Ratmalana, with 430 employees. We are now, one of the largest Footwear Manufacturers in the Republic with Retail Stores and Depots around the Island. We also have 74 Authorized Dealers and a countless number of department stores and independent retailers as our customers. In addition we have built for ourselves an export market around the world and we pride ourselves that we are “ Sri Lanka’s Largest Exporter of Quality Footwear.” Our operating policy is fairness to our customers. It is a constant struggle to keep our place in the export market.
In keeping with our Policy of promoting National and Community Development, we participate in many projects. Food production, Scholarships to Universities, improvement to hospitals, playgrounds, Public Services Institutions, Institution for the under-privileged are a few of these. We are firm believers in the building of a healthy and vigorous nation and towards this end, our contribution to furthering sports is well known.
The Story of Bata in Sri Lanka is one of enterprise, industry, courage, imagination and determination of the highest order. WE look to all employees, old and new to make their contribution to ensure future progress.
In the year 2016, we proudly celebrated the 66th anniversary of serving the Nation.
We follow the values of our Parent Company, Bata Shoe Organization, which are:
SERVE WITH PASSION
We are passionate about delighting our customers. Serving their individual needs defines everything we do. It is this passion for what we do that sets us apart from our competitors. We are proud and energized by being part of a family company with deeply held values. We have all invested something of ourselves in the company and act as if the company was our own. We like to win but not at all costs. We take responsibility for how we impact the many and diverse communities in which we operate.
We are pioneers. We value individuals with the courage to change, and to be prepared to fail sometimes. We have a healthy dissatisfaction for the status quo. We encourage creativity. We recognize curiosity and original thought. Innovation is the foundation stone of our company. We embrace the future but take time to learn from the past. We do what we say we will do and do not rest on our laurels. We celebrate success and value everyone’s unique contribution towards achieving the goal.
COUNT ON ME
We lead by example and follow when called. We value those who take accountability for their successes and failures. We take responsibility for our own performance and the performance of those around us. We encourage and support others to do their best. We place great importance on developing ourselves and those around us and we believe that feedback is the breakfast of champions. We share openly with others and we act with integrity in all that we do.
EXCEED CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS
Whether it is products, processes, or people, we are uncompromising when it comes to quality. We strive to create products that are easy to buy, exciting to wear, and exceptional value. We strive to be the most responsible and efficient in all that we do it order to deliver the best value to our customers. We operate where design, comfort and value meet. Delighting the diverse needs and preferences of our customers is our lifelong mission.
Making people’s lives better has been at the core of the company’s philosophy for over 120 years. We do this by displaying respect for our customers, suppliers, employees and the communities we touch. We believe that we can make a difference in the lives of everyone we touch through openness and tolerance to race, religion or cultural differences. We offer an inclusive and supportive work environment to our employees where individuality is valued, where people can ‘be themselves’, and where everyone is encouraged to grow.