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Repost: Top Glove, DiGi among four companies in new business integrity alliance

By Supriya Surendran / | December 1, 2016 : 5:02 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 1): Top Glove Corp Bhd and Bhd are among the four companies in the newly set-up business integrity alliance (BIA) which brings together companies committed to doing business with integrity.

The other two companies in the alliance are private companies Trident Integrity Solutions Sdn Bhd and Thumbprints United Sdn Bhd.

Trident chief executive officer and secretary-general of the BIA Dr Mark Lovatt said the alliance targets to bring its membership to 20 companies by the end of next year.

“We expect this to start as a fairly small group of committed companies, we won’t be looking to work with any and every company, [as] we are interested in quality above quantity because we want to support those companies which take business integrity seriously,” he told a news conference in conjunction with the launch of the BIA today.

He added that the exposure of companies in Malaysia to prosecution risk and reputational risk is increasing.

“Prosecution risk is for companies that come under the UK Bribery Act, but reputational risk is a big problem if you’re a Malaysian company and you are looking to grow, and you get caught out in a corruption scandal, it will impact ability to raise capital.

“So what we are doing is to help companies to mitigate these risks by best practice, explaining how they can do things differently, and getting the problem solved at source,” he said.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, who was also present at the news conference, said that he would assist in getting more government-linked companies to join the alliance.

“[Public listed companies] should also be interested [in the BIA]” said Low.

Meanwhile, Top Glove managing director KM Lee said the glove maker is a strong supporter of business ethics.

“We would like our business community to know [about the BIA] and we will certainly like it to be included in our next annual report, in our statement on corporate governance.

“Over time we would like to have a direct link in our website to the [BIA website], so that our customers all over the world will pay attention to this area,” he said.

DiGi general counsel Ola Hanson said that the telecommunications group has no tolerance for corruption or any unethical conduct as transparent business practices are crucial to its business.

“By sharing the same commitment to have a high standard of integrity, I am certain that we will not only continue to drive a successful business environment but also secure the trust and respect of our respective stakeholders and customers,” he said. On a separate note, Low said the amendment to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission’s Anti Corruption Act 2009, which includes a section on Corporate Liability, will be passed in March next year.

“[The amendment] is to ensure that if an employee of a company is involved in bribery, the company will be found guilty unless the company proves that it has adequate procedures to prevent bribery.

“Multiple fines will be slapped on companies,” he said.

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