THE Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has reaffirmed its vow to curb corruption in the work environment.
Represented by its chief executive Datuk C.M. Vignaesvaran Jeyandran, the agency signed a Corruption-Free Pledge with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Anti-Corruption Academy deputy commissioner Datuk Idris Zaharudin, witnessed by Human Resources Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adenan Abd Rahman.
During the ceremony, 312 senior management and staff members at the HRDF headquarters also declared their pledge.
By signing the pledge, Vignaesvaran hoped it would empower employees to fight corruption and take ownership of their duties while avoiding corrupt practices.
“We also hope to strengthen trust and confidence of employers toward HRDF in our management of the training funds which we carry out with transparency and integrity,” added Vignaesvaran.
He said the move affirms HRDF’s commitment to the four core values of Integrity, Customer Focus, Continuous Improvement and Accountability.
“These four serves as a guideline for HRDF in our aspiration to become a trusted authority in human capital development.”
Some of the measures HRDF has taken to ensure good governance include sharing business intelligence on irregularities and corruption with MACC, and providing support in investigations on fraudulent claims made by companies or private sector training providers registered with HRDF.
In the spirit of integrity, the HRDF Code of Business Ethics (COBE) was introduced in 2014 to guide HRDF employees and providers on sustainable business relationships.
The codes are based on six principles: to act with integrity; maintain accountability; avoid the appearance of or actual conflicts of interest; abide by the rule of law; give an honest representation; and prohibit any form of gifts or business courtesy to procure favours and/or unfair advantage.
Vignaesvaran said the codes are observed and also strengthened with two sessions of Corporate Integrity Pledges the HRDF has done in previous years with its employees as well as employers, trainers and suppliers.
As the 16th private company to sign the pledge, Idris said HRDF has taken a proactive measure to combat corruption.
“The pledge clearly outlines the direction and will of the organisation’s top management, setting a clear leadership tone that corruption will not be compromised.
“If the spirit of this pledge becomes the main pulse that drives the HRDF, it will ensure the efficacy of their corporate governance and keep them on track with their goals and purposes,” he said.
The event was held at HRDF’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.