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‘THAIPAT’ and NATION MULTIMEDIA GROUP Join Forces in the Partnership against Corruption for Thailand

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Launch Media Industries Transparency Initiative


11 March 2015 – Nation Multimedia Group and the Thaipat Institute join hands in driving the Partnership against Corruption for Thailand (PACT) Network with the ultimate goal of expanding anti-corruption practice throughout chains of supply in industry-specific targets. Together, they also launch the Media Industries Transparency Initiative (MITI)

Thaipat Institute’s director Dr. Pipat Yodprudtikan says the PACT Network begins its anti-corruption mission with the creation of an action-oriented platform. He explains that in line with internationally recognized principles and guidelines, this platform is designed to facilitate the implementation of anti-graft policies and measures in industry-specific targets.

The PACT Network brings together organizations from various fields through their shared goal of combating corruption. Under this network, they pursue action-oriented guideline from declaring their commitment to fight graft, to formulating anti-corruption policies, and to establishing anti-corruption mechanisms and process in their organizations before expanding the anti-corruption practice further to their business partners and suppliers.

“The PACT Network is an anti-corruption milestone in Thailand’s private sector, which has operated through partnerships and supply chains. The PACT provides its members with a practical platform, which is developed based on the principles/guidelines of the United Nations Global Compact as well as the Transparency International. The PACT Network has PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (Thailand) Company Limited as its Consulting Partner,” Dr. Pipat says.

The Thaipat Institute has already compiled a How-to Manual on “Anti-corruption in Practice”. All members of the PACT Network can get this manual free-of-charge. When these members follow the PACT concept, they shall install the action-oriented platform in three following stages:

Commit:Members must declare its commitment to combating corruption via their official statements or their executives’ statements. The commitment must be backed by proofs of anti-corruption measures and actions that the management has undertaken.
Establish:Members must translate their anti-corruption commitment into actions, through the formulation of clear-cut policies and the installation of internal control system that can be used to detect and prevent corruption.
Extend:Members must nudge its business partners and suppliers into adopting anti-corruption policies and guidelines.
When each member of the PACT network sets up such platform at its workplace, its staff’s awareness of the need to combat corruption will increase. Through the platform, the management will also have greater tools and mechanisms to monitor anti-corruption efforts. Entrepreneurs in related supply chains and industries, meanwhile, will be encouraged to adopt the same anti-corruption guideline and monitoring system. The society, on its part, is set to recognize such contributions to graft prevention.

All listed companies and business organizations are now welcome to join the PACT Network. More information, including the How-to Manual on “Anti-corruption in Practice”, is available at www.pact.network.

NMG chief executive officer Ms. Duangkamol Chotana says mass media has a crucial role to play in promoting transparency in the Thai society particularly via their news coverage. She emphasizes that media organizations thus should offer not just accurate but also complete information in its news reports. According to her, each media organization must be responsible and accountable so as to set the standard of transparency and information disclosure in media industries, which will in turn allow them to win greater trust from the society and all stakeholders.

Operating its media business for well over 44 years, NMG has now ranked among Thailand’s biggest media conglomerates. Out of its firm commitment to supporting the country’s development, NMG has joined the PACT Network as its Media Partner and taken up the mission of promoting anti-corruption cause throughout the supply chains of industry-specific targets. All media outlets of NMG will report and support the tangible anti-corruption efforts by PACT Network and its members.

At the same press conference, NMG and the Thaipat Institute also jointly launch the Media Industries Transparency Initiative (MITI) to foster openness and accountability in media businesses. By setting the standard of transparency and information disclosure in the media sector, the MITI promises to boost public trust and stakeholders’ acceptance of mass media.

MITI director Ms. Nongnat Hanwilai, who is also the vice president for corporate strategy and CSR, Nation Broadcasting Corporation Public Company Limited, says MITI matches well with Thailand’s current context. She points out that the country is now undergoing a big reform with major overhauls planned for various sectors including media. Ms. Nongnat says media should recognize the importance of media reform and embrace initiatives such as MITI.

Launched through the collaboration between the Thaipat Institute and NMG, MITI is a self-regulatory scheme in support of the media reform. Members of the multi-stakeholder group are encouraged to join MITI on a voluntary basis. Regulatory organizations and media organizations, after all, should always disclose necessary information to the public and society. Their accountability should exist, even when not required by laws.

For more information, please contact:
PACT Network:
Khun Sutisha Charoenngam
Tel: 02-930-5227
Fax: 02-930-5228
Email: info@pact.network

MITI:
Khun Nongnat Hanwilai
Tel: 02-338-3857
Email: nongnat@nationgroup.com
Khun Orawan Hoichan
Tel: 02-338-3412
Email: orawan@nationgroup.com


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