Integrity matters, Sarawak Energy staff reminded

Sharbini touring the exhibition area. At right is Nooruddin.

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KUCHING, Nov 29: Senior management and staff of Sarawak Energy Berhad have renewed their commitment to uphold integrity, being one of the corporation’s five core values in business conduct.

During its Integrity, Risk and Business Continuity Management Day at Menara Sarawak Energy yesterday, staff were reminded of what integrity stands for and why this core value is a key ingredient for business resilience, governing the way the organisation operates and does business.

Sarawak Energy Group chief executive officer Datu Sharbini Suhaili emphasised the importance of conducting the company’s business with the highest level of integrity, creating a risk-conscious and security-aware culture and putting in place a strong business continuity management process in the organisation.

“We must not just do what is right but also be seen to do what is right. In this new digital era with social media providing immediate access to information from anywhere, you cannot hide.

“Unacceptable conduct or practices as a result of a lack of integrity will be instantly exposed and reach the stakeholders,” he said at the event.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Sarawak (MACC) senior assistant director Chang Ching and assistant senior superintendent Abang Mohd Nizam Abang Yusoff were present.

The event, themed R.I.S.K to represent Risk conscious, Integrity uncompromised, Sustaining values and Key to business resiliency, also featured the signing of the integrity pledge by senior management led by Sharbini.

This included talks by MACC, cyber expert and consultant from FM Global, Pankaj Thareja, as well as an exhibition.

To embed this core value further into the organisational culture, the company rolled out its own Fraud Risk Management Framework and Fraud Control Policy when it launched the Zero Tolerance to Fraud Campaign last year.

Sharbini signing the integrity pledge, while his senior management team looks on along with Chang (fifth from left).

“Nevertheless, even with a framework in place to protect and safeguard the value and reputation of the organisation, this virtue needs to internalised and practised by all 5,000 of our staff,” Sharbini said.

On business continuity management, he said preparation for any eventuality was essential and that the team must always be in a state of readiness in activating its emergency and crisis response team as well as deploying communication support.

Sarawak Energy has been conducting a series of business continuity management and crisis and emergency simulations at several of its offices, substations and power plants, including Batang Ai, Murum and recently Bakun to test the team’s resilience.

Earlier, Nooruddin Abdullah, senior vice-president for Legal and Enterprise Risk, explained the increasing importance of risk management to Sarawak Energy.

“An institutionalised enterprise risk management framework will enable the organisation to identify, anticipate and assess the likelihood and impact of risk on our business operations and projects during implementation. This is to pre-empt and prepare us, so we can minimise, if not, avoid all risks through mitigative measures,” he said. — DayakDaily