This Code of Business Conduct & Ethics Policy has been adopted by the Board of Directors to provide clear guidance to all Employees at all levels of MB World Group Berhad (‘MBWG’) and its subsidiaries (‘MBWG Group’ or ‘Group’) to ensure a consistent approach to business practices throughout the MBWG Group.
This Code is not meant to cover all possible situations that may occur. It is designed to provide a reference and guidance. Employees should seek guidance when they are in doubt about the proper course of action in any given situation as it is the ultimate responsibility for each employee to ‘do what is the right things to do’.
Employees for the purpose of this Policy includes all Directors of the Company both Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors.
I. Policy Purposes
1. The aim of this Policy is to ensure that all Directors and employees of the Group act with the utmost integrity and uncompromising honesty in the course of conduct of their affairs, striving at all times to enhance the reputation and performance of the Company.
2. The rights of fellow Board members, employees and all stakeholders must be respected and each person must be accorded equal opportunity without regard to their race, colours, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, lawful alien status, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
3. Misconduct cannot be excused and all parties are expected to alert management whenever an illegal, dishonest or unethical act is discovered or suspected.
4. MBWG conducts its affairs consistent with all applicable laws and regulations where it carries out its business. Business practices, customs and traditions may differ from state to state, country to country, community to community and entity to entity. Where conflicts arises between MBWG’s practices and the practices, customs, laws or traditions in any particular matter and if the conflict cannot be resolved, MBWG will not proceed with the proposed action giving rise to that conflict.
II. Policy Scope
2. Conflicts of Interest.
3. Corporate opportunities.
4. Insider Trading.
5. Confidential Information.
6. Fraud, protection of company assets.
7. Bribery and corruption, Favours, Gifts, Meals, Entertainment,
8. Discrimination and harassment.
9. Reporting Violations.
10. Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing & proceeds of unlawful activities.
11. Importance of Safety & Health
1. Respect For The Law
MBWG, its Directors and all employees are bound by all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Compliance with all applicable laws and regulations must be observed and all employees must adhere to all internal company policies, rules and regulations specific to the MBWG Group which may go beyond what is requested by law.
A Conflict of Interest occurs where personal interest of an employee or the interests of a third party competes with the interest of the MBWG Group.
All employees shall avoid putting themselves in a position of conflict of interest whenever possible.
Where a conflict of interest situation arises, or has occurred or where an employee becomes aware that he faces a situation that may involve or lead to a conflict of interest, the employee shall disclose the situation to his Line Manager, his Head of Department or the Human Resources Department to resolve the situation in a fair and transparent manner.
In respect of Senior Management level upwards, the concerns should be brought to the attention of the Executive Directors and in respect of the Board level, it should be brought to the attention of the Board.
All Directors are required to observe and comply with :
(a) the provisions of the Companies Act 2016 in respect of Sub-Division 3 – Directors Duties and Responsibilities.
(b) Paragraph 120 and 122 of the Company’s Constitution
(c) the provisions of Chapter 10 of the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad’s Main Market Listing Requirements.
3. Corporate Opportunities
All employees shall not compete with the MBWG Group or take personal advantage of business opportunities that arose or discovered during the course of their employment unless MBWG expressly waives its interest in pursuing such opportunity.
Where any employees desire to pursue business opportunities that MBWG is interested or engaged in, they shall inform their Line Manager or head of Department or the Human Resources Department who will then seek clearance from the Management or Board where applicable.
In respect of Senior Management level upwards, the issue should be brought to the attention of the Executive Directors and in respect of the Board level, it should be brought to the attention of the Board.
4. Insider Trading
As a general policy, all employees of the Group are discouraged from engaging in speculative trading (as opposed to investing) in the Company’s listed securities, and are reminded to observe the prohibitions imposed on “insiders” in relation to Insider Trading under the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007.
In addition to this, all Directors and key management personnel, identified and designated pursuant to the Board’s Corporate Disclosure Policy (“designated key management personnel”) are required to comply with Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad’s Listing Requirements on Dealings in Listed Securities under Chapter 14 of the Main Market Listing Requirements.
5. Confidential Information
Confidential Information comprises of any information that is not or has not been released to the public and includes business and trade secrets, business, marketing and service strategies and plans, research information, reports and data, business ideas, products, designs, databases, records, human resource information, and any non-published financial and non-financial data or other data deemed by MBWG to be confidential and secret.
Unless required by law or authorised by Management, all employees shall not disclose, divulge or reveal any confidential information, allow or facilitate the disclosure of such confidential information.
All employees are required to use their best effort and endeavour to avoid unintentional disclosure of confidential information including taking precautions and care when storing or transmitting confidential information.
6. Protection and preservation of Company Assets and Financial Records.
All employees shall safeguard and make proper and efficient use of MBWG’s assets and financial records.
All employees shall use their best efforts and endeavour to protect the Company’s assets and financial records from loss, damage, misuse, theft, fraud, embezzlement and destruction. These obligations cover both tangible and intangible assets including trademark, know-how, confidential or proprietary information and information systems.
MBWG reserves the right to monitor and inspect how its assets and financial records are being used by its employees including inspection of all correspondence, e-mails, chat messages, data and files kept on Company’s network terminals.
7. Bribery, Corruption, Gifts, Meals and Entertainment.
Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy
MBWG is committed to abide to the anti-fraud, bribery and corruption acts in the business and operational when dealing with government officers, vendors and customers, public as well as among the employees (including full time, probationary, contract and temporary staff) and directors within the group & subsidiaries, to be committed to acting professionally and with integrity in their business dealings. It is our policy that we conduct our business dealing based on compliance requirement, ethical and transparency.
The Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy is provide information and guidance to the directors and employees on standards of behaviour to which they must adhere to and how to recognise as well as deal with bribery and corruption.
All employees are prohibited from directly or indirectly offering, giving, soliciting or receiving any form of bribe, kickback or other corrupt payment, or anything of value, to or from any person or organization, including government agencies, individual government officials, private companies and employees of those private companies under any circumstances.
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption means any action which would be considered as an offence of giving or receiving ‘gratification’ under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 (MACCA). In practice, this means offering, giving, receiving or soliciting something of value in an attempt to illicitly influence the decisions or actions of a person who is in a position of trust within an organisation.
Fraud & Bribery may be ‘outbound’, where someone acting on behalf of MBWG attempts to influence the actions of someone external, such as a Government official or client decision-maker. It may also be ‘inbound’, where an external party is attempting to influence someone within the Company such as a senior decision-maker or someone with access to confidential information
MBWG does not condone bribery or corruption in any form carried out by any employee or party acting on behalf of the Company to gain any unfair advantage in any business conduct or dealing of the Company.
MBWG shall not make any political contributions of whatsoever nature in the jurisdictions that it operates in.
The prevention, detection and reporting of bribery or corruption is the responsibility of all employees. Reports can be made to the following persons under MBWG’s Whistle Blowing Policy:
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director : Mr Pang Siew Heng
(email : firstname.lastname@example.org)
8. Discrimination & Harassment
MBWG respects the privacy, dignity and personal rights of all employees and is committed to ensuring a workplace environment which is free from any discrimination and harassment of whatsoever nature.
The rights of fellow Board members, employees and all stakeholders must be respected and each person must be accorded equal opportunity without regard to their race, colours, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, lawful alien status, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Employees who feel that they have been discriminated against are encouraged to raise their concerns to the Human Resources Department or the persons designated under the Whistle Blowing Policy Under Section 7 above.
9. Reporting Violations
The maintenance of a strong and highly ethical environment with business conduct carried out with utmost integrity must be reinforced by an efficient reporting structure.
If you are aware of or suspect misconduct or violations of any nature outlined in this Policy, you must report it to the Senior Independent Director at email@example.com.
Your report/calls/emails will be dealt with the strictest confidentiality and will only be disclosed and shared in order to address the matters appropriately. Regardless, the Board of Directors wishes to assure you that the Board will shield and protect you from any retaliation by any other employees of the MBWG Group.
10. Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing & Proceeds of Unlawful Activities
MBWG does not condone Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing & Unlawful Activities in any form carried out by any employee or party acting on behalf of the Company in any business conduct or dealing of the Company
11. Importance of Safety & Health
All employees shall ensure standards of behaviours which place importance of safety and health whenever possible.
(a) This Policy Code applies to all Employees of the MBWG Group (including all Directors).
(b) Any reports made will be thoroughly investigated and if such violation proven, appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken by the Management with the sanction of the Executive Director’s or the Board depending on the nature and level of the Breach including dismissal and termination.
11. This Policy was adopted on 23 February 2017.
12. This Policy was last reviewed and revised on 15 May 2020.