BSJV introduces new code of conduct

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BELAIT

BRUNEI Shell Joint Venture Companies (BSJV) has introduced a new code of conduct for all its suppliers, focusing on maintaining business integrity and health, security, safety and environment standards (HSSE).

Failure by suppliers to adhere to the code will result in BSJV terminating its relationship with them, said the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, in conjunction with BSJV’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Event yesterday.

In his speech delivered by the Permanent Secretary at the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Paduka Hj Jamain Hj Julaihi at Pusat Insani in Seria, the minister said that SMEs need to understand proper governance and have zero tolerance to the ills of corruption.

“We also want to remind SMEs that proper governance also comes with paying your employees on time, including overtime,” read the minister’s speech.

He said some contracts with Brunei Shell Petroleum include bank guarantee clauses that have been inserted to ensure that the SMEs commit to paying their staff and personnel.

When SMEs fail to do so, BSP can opt to deduct from the contract amount and pay the staff directly.

The minister added that no compromise can be made on HSSE standards, which should continue to be the industry and the government’s top priority.

“For oil and gas projects to be sustainable, HSSE must always be in the forefront. We have made it very clear that employers are legally responsible to provide their employees and members of the public at their premises with a safe and healthy environment,” he said.

The conduct also states that employees of suppliers should be provided with a ‘dedicated whistle-blowing mechanism’ where grievances or violations of the conduct can be reported confidentially, without fear of retaliation.

The Brunei Times