FSC commits to Anti-Bribery goals

Media Team   |   13 May 2022

The Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) has become the latest statutory organisation to join 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 the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) and representatives from FICAC on Thursday 5 May 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.

In his keynote address, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) Mr. Bhan Pratap stated that the ultimate objective is to ensure FSC is an organisation which embeds a culture of productivity, profitability, high ethical values and professionalism.

“FSC has its own Code of Conduct and principles, one of our core values is Integrity. The company personnel are required to exhibit the highest levels of honesty, fairness, transparency, professional behaviour, social respect and confidentiality to name a few. FSC is mandated to put in place explicit measures that ensure adherence with these principles,” said Mr. Pratap.

“Corruption and bribery prevention mechanisms are often successful if it embedded in the policies and the code of conduct. At FSC, the Code of Conduct is used for promotion of personal standards such as integrity, honesty and responsibility. The Codes provide guidance on how we are intended to conduct ourselves in relation to these standards and how we may be held accountable for our actions and decisions,” added Mr. Pratap.

Mr. Pratap further added that FSC believes in having a system that rewards appropriate behaviour and penalizes corrupt behaviour. “Our system includes extrinsic motivations such as a decent wage and merit-based appointments and promotions. A high level of staff moral is crucial for anti-corruption efforts to succeed, and there is a lower tolerance for corruption among persons who find their jobs satisfying – something that we are working on establishing,” said Mr. Pratap.

Speaking at the launch, FICAC’s Manager Corruption Prevention Mrs. Kolora Celua stated that the Sugarcane Industry plays a pivotal role in terms of its major contribution to the growth and development of the Fijian economy. Mrs. Celua further stated that as employees of FSC, they are at the front line, charged with determining and delivering on growth and development of local priorities.

“This campaign, the “I don’t accept bribes” badge and FSC’s commitment to integrity is very important as it demonstrates your determination and efforts to stop corruption and bribery, and to help counter this global problem by refusing to engage in this crime that can have devasting effects on our society and country,” said Mrs. Celua.

“An evil like bribery and corruption, the only immunity is your personal integrity. Integrity needs to be inculcated into the mind and character, so that while you are carrying out your duties you are doing so in a dignified manner,” added Mrs. Celua.

Mrs. Celua further added that by wearing the badge, the Officers at FSC are making a promise and national commitment to make Fiji a better place for every Fijian. “Report matters of bribery and corruption to FICAC. Take a stand and say No to bribery and corruption. It is your civic duty,” said Mrs. Celua.