Northport becomes the 1st port in Malaysia to obtain anti-bribery standard

The certification will boost confidence among Northport customers, business partners and other stakeholders towards the company

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by TMR FILE

NORTHPORT (M) Bhd, a member of MMC Corp Bhd, has obtained the ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) certification from SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian certification body for ABMS.

Northport CEO Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof (picture; right) said the certification marks the port operator’s impressive milestone as it is the maiden port in Malaysia to attain the standard.

“ISO 37001:2016 certification is a testament to Northport’s continued commitment towards the highest level of integrity and ethical culture in our day-to-day business operations.

“We strongly believe that this certification will boost the confidence among our customers, business partners and other stakeholders towards Northport,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Azman Shah added that Northport is committed to combating and eradicating any forms of consumption along its process chain in a bid to strengthen its port security standard and safeguard its business operations.

ISO 37001:2016 is an international standard that sets out requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving anti-bribery management systems and processes, as well as reducing the risk of bribery in organisations.

Since the takeover by MMC, Northport has embarked on a transformation journey which is based on the core values of integrity, customer focus, innovation, teamwork and excellence.

“In the initial stage, efforts to promote the culture of integrity were initiated through engagement sessions with employees to educate and instil the awareness on integrity-related best practices.

“The efforts include the whistleblowing policy which gives the right and responsibility to employees and parties dealing with Northport to disclose any acts of improper conduct within the organisation,” Northport said.

It added that engagement sessions with relevant stakeholders were also conducted, particularly with the enforcement agencies, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Royal Malaysia Police, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services, and Port Klang Authority.

“The strong leadership commitment is another push factor that further intensifies Northport’s efforts towards the certification,” it said.

In November 2019, Northport’s top management and employees signed the “Corruption-Free Pledge” which has cemented the group’s commitment to conduct its business ethically and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

“The push towards achieving ISO 37001:2016 certification began in May 2020, and the management team had put in a lot of effort to meet the ISO standards.

“On Dec 23, 2020, the initiatives and efforts undertaken by Northport bore fruits after SIRIM QAS certified the company with ISO 37001:2016 following a comprehensive certification audit exercise.

“The audit findings confirmed that Northport’s procedures and processes are in line with international standards and have met the standard requirements set for ISO 37001:2016 certification.

“Northport also takes pride that the entire process for the certification was coordinated by its in-house integrity team,” it said.

Northport is also the first port in Malaysia to be awarded the ISO 45001:2018, an international ISO standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

The port is also certified with ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management System and ISO/IEC 27001: 2013 for Information Security Management System.


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