Ranjit Garments joins the 'I don't accept bribes' campaign

Media Team   |   30 Nov 2021

Ranjit Garments (MFG) Pte Ltd has become the first private sector institution to join the “I don’t accept bribes” campaign currently underway.

Speaking during the launch via zoom, company Director Sachin Solanki thanked the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project for providing the opportunity to Ranjit Garments to participate in the “I don’t accept bribes” campaign.

“My brother Kalpesh and I both feel very strongly about this subject, as it has been instilled within us from our parents who started this company almost 38 years ago. The value of hard work and smart work in doing business is the foundation of what Ranjit Garments is built on.” – said Sachin Solanki.

Mr Solanki further stated that the values of the company have always been stressed to its Management and staffs with necessary checks and balances in place to ensure transparency exists when conducting normal day-to-day business.

“We are proud to be associated with UN and FICAC’s anti-corruption campaign and we are confident our Ranjit Garments team will gain a better perspective of this important issue.

Mr Solanki then shared with the Management and the team from FICAC and UNDP an old saying quote “It’s better to do less business but honestly and sleep well at night than do big business dishonestly with fame but it always keep you awake at night” end quote.

FICAC Manager Corruption Prevention Ms Kolora Naliva said it was an honour for the team from the both the Commission and UN to be at today’s launch as it marked the scaling up of the Integrity Campaign and the Anti-Bribery Campaign in the private sector.

Ms Naliva stressed to the Management team of the vital role they each play in creating an anti-bribery culture within the workforce and being committed to their integrity.

“We are implementing the campaign to all institutions here in Fiji because it is very important to do so in the context of ensuring transparency, accountability and efficient service delivery to all citizens of Fiji” said Ms Naliva.

Ms Naliva urged Ranjit Garments to adopt proactive approaches to prevent corruption in its supply chain and to establish clear policies backed by control measures. She further stressed that strong whistle blower protections are cornerstones of anti-bribery and corruption due-diligence, including within the supply chain.

UNDP Governance Consultant Ms Arti Naidu stated that the private sector institutions play a very crucial role in the contribution towards anti-corruption.

“This campaign is very important to FICAC and UNDP because it sets the tone of how Fiji is going to develop in the next couple of years and how businesses are going to change. We would like to see ethics, values, reliability and honesty being the forefront of businesses rather than saying “we’re only going to look at the profit line” – added Ms Naidu.

The management and staffs of Ranjit Garments will undergo anti-bribery awareness training sessions conducted by the Corruption Prevention Department of FICAC.

“Remember, take a stand, and say no to corruption. It is both your right and role”, stated Ms Naliva.

The campaign is supported by UNDP under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.