Ethics on Support of Anti-Fraud and Corruption
The Board of Directors adheres to transparent business operations under legal frameworks, principle of ethics and good corporate governance guidelines, supporting anti-corruption campaigns, with full awareness that corruption is detrimental to the development of the country’s economic, social and national security systems as defined in the Corporate Governance and Business Ethics Manual.
The Company has supervisory measures in place to ensure that employees comply with anti-corruption policies and practices and provides channels where complaints and information on dishonest practices can be sent to the Audit Committee, which comprises independent directors, by posting and e-mail to email@example.com, as given in the Company’s website, Annual Information Report Form (Form 56-1), the Company’s Annual Report and Good Corporate Governance and Business Ethics Manual for processing and submission to the Board of Directors. The Company also has a policy to protect the provider of information or clues and treat the information with strict confidentiality, with measures on investigation and punishment under relevant regulations. In 2020, there were no reports or cases of fraudulent activities involving the Company and/or affiliated companies.
Additional Guidelines on the Prevention of Corruption Involvement
The Risk Management Committee has determined additional guidelines on the prevention of corruption involvement, with three measures as follows:
Fraud risk assessment process
The Company has put in place a risk management system suitable to the Company’s business nature, aiming to prevent and combat fraud and corruption by identifying incidents of high fraud and corruption risks that may arise from business operations, estimating possibility and impact determining proper measures to combat fraud and corruption, suitable to the assessed risks, methods to measure the success and resources utilized in risk mitigation and evaluating the performance under the established risk management plan.
Supervision and control practices to prevent and monitor fraud risk
The Company has established supervision and control practices to prevent and monitor fraud and corruption risks, which can be summarized as follows:
- Put in place the audit process, internal control and risk management systems covering key operating systems, such as, sales and marketing, purchasing, contract preparation, account recording, payment systems, etc., aiming to prevent and monitor fraud and corruption risk and provide suitable guidelines in solving problems.
- Provide channels for receiving information, clues or complaints on breaches of laws or the Company’s business ethics or guidelines on the prevention of corruption involvement or suspicious abuse in financial reports or internal control systems, with a policy to protect the providers of information or clues and treat the received information with confidentiality, including measures on investigation and punishment under the Company’s discipline and/or related laws. In case the provider of information or clues or the complainant can be contacted, the Company will give a written reply on the Company’s action for information.
- The relevant department’s head is responsible for monitoring the action, correcting the error (if any) and reporting to the authorized person
Guidelines on monitoring and evaluating compliance with the guidelines on the prevention of corruption involvement
The Company has determined guidelines on monitoring and evaluating compliance with the guidelines on the prevention of corruption involvement as follows:
- Executives and employees are required to regularly appraise their own performance in compliance with the Good Corporate Governance and Business Ethics Manual of the Company, which contains policies on good corporate governance, business ethics, ethics on support to fraud and corruption counteracting, guidelines on the prevention of corruption involvement and employees’ ethics and code of conduct.
- Internal Audit Office is set up to oversee the internal control system, risk management and corporate governance, to provide recommendations continuously by conducting audit in accordance with the annual audit plan approved by the Audit Committee and report significant results with recommendations to the Audit Committee.
- Risk Management and Internal Control Department is responsible for testing and evaluating fraud and corruption risk on a regular basis to ensure that anti-corruption measures are implemented effectively, including monitoring, reviewing and improving anti-corruption measures on a continued basis, with the assessment results being presented to the Risk Management Committee and reported to the Board of Directors regularly, on a timely basis.
- In case of the facts from the investigation or complaints present the evidence with a reasonable cause to believe that there exists a transaction or abuse that may have a significant impact on the Company’s financial position or operations, including an offense or breach of laws or the Company’s business ethics or guidelines on the prevention of corruption involvement or suspicious abuse in financial reports or internal control system, the Audit Committee will report the findings to the Board of Directors for correction and improvement within a period of time deemed appropriate by the Audit Committee.
The Company has provided various channels for the communication of guidelines on the prevention of corruption involvement, such as the Group’s intranet and the Company’s website so that all executives and employees can acknowledge and follow.