Fiji Pine Limited joins nationwide anti-bribery campaign

Media Team   |   13 May 2022

Fiji Pine Limited has joined the “I don’t accept bribes” campaign, a joint nationwide initiative by FICAC with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.

The launch of the anti-bribery campaign took place in the presence of executives from Fiji Pine Limited and representatives from FICAC and UNDP on Wednesday 27 April 2022 in Lautoka.

The launch alongside the badging ceremony was of significant importance as the campaign is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and specifically Sustainable Development Goal 16 which calls for countries to improve their governance systems and fight corruption.

During his keynote address, the Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Pine Limited, Mr. Vimlesh Kumar stated that the launch was a special occasion as it echoed the very principles in which the organisation upholds with its employees and within the Pine Industry.

“At Pine Group we have a motto – “No Abuse, No Lies”. We have zero tolerance to any form of abuse. Our systems and processes are designed in such a way to enhance and uphold these principles”. Having the right people and the right culture will never let a drop of abuse within our organisation. Integrity is a highly valued trait, especially in leaders” said Mr. Kumar.

Mr. Kumar further stated that Fiji Pine Limited represents the aspirations and interests of the Government, the pine landowners and its employees. Therefore, due to the wide coverage, it requires the organisation to have its systems and processes to be in line with good governance, policies and principles.

Speaking at the launch, FICAC’s Manager Investigation West/North Mr. Uwate Biutanaseva stated that the campaign is about bringing long-term systemic governance change, which cannot be achieved without commitment and action of all relevant stakeholders.

“A culture of integrity will pave a pathway for continued efficiency, leveraged productivity, enhanced performance and sustainable returns and profits” added Mr. Biutanaseva.

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Anti-Corruption Adviser, Dr. Sonja Stefanovska – Trajanoska stated, “Forests can be managed without compromising on decent jobs, long-term livelihoods and environmental sustainability. Fire, erosion, habitat destruction and pollution can be successfully countered and degraded land restored”.

“To my mind, this is why our Anti-Bribery campaign and the commitment you have all made by joining it is so important. To make society and the economy sustainable, as well as the environment, and to ensure everyone has the opportunity of a fairer and more prosperous future, bribery must be banished, and all forms of corruption must be eliminated”, added Dr. Stefanovska – Trajanoska.

Dr. Stefanovska – Trajanoska further stated that “by promising not to engage in or entertain the corrupt practice of bribery, and publicly demonstrating this commitment, you are making Fiji a better place for everyone.”

In concluding his remarks, FICAC’s Manger Investigation West/North emphasized that the badge engraved with the message “I don’t accept bribes” is a reminder for the employees of Fiji Pine Limited to discharge their duties with the utmost integrity and passion. “For evils like bribery and corruption, the only immunity is your honesty”, said Mr. Biutanaseva.

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