The perpetuation of fraud is the sad and unfortunate reality of our times. In common terminology, fraud means deception or misrepresentation with the intent of obtaining the wrongful gain. Fraud perpetrated against a company can lead to significant financial losses as well as loss of goodwill and Public image. Global Tree Overseas Education and Immigration Services Ltd. (hereinafter referred to alternatively as ‘Global Tree’ or ‘the company’) is committed to providing the best quality service to its clients and to adhering to the highest possible standards of integrity, honesty, and corruption free behavior, and expects all its employees and business partners to do the same. In order to maintain the highest standards possible, Global Tree has put in place a comprehensive anti-fraud policy.
It is the policy of Global Tree to promote a culture of openness, integrity, and honesty among its employees. The company realizes the importance of providing best quality services to clients in an effort to build good brand value and brand awareness amongst current and potential clients. In light of this, Global Tree aims to safeguard its reputation through the implementation of the anti-fraud policy.
The policy is intended to provide comprehensive information about fraud to all stakeholders of the company, to delineate in detail the different types of fraudulent behavior and set out pre- approved measures to address the same, to create a fraud awareness program to help employees and other stakeholders easily identify and report fraudulent behavior, and to create a fraud prevention and reporting system to enable pro-active tackling of fraud and fastest possible recovery of fraud losses.
Fraud, by definition, is a willful act committed by an entity or an individual of deliberate misrepresentation, deception, suppression, cheating or any other fraudulent behavior, in order to accumulate wrongful gains to self and losses to the company. Types of fraud may include but are not limited to
The company has to at all times guard itself against fraud, which can be perpetrated against it by any of the following, acting either independently or in collusion with each other
The following are some commonly found examples of fraud that the company needs to be vigilant about. It is to be noted that it is not possible to cover all kinds of fraud in below list as definitions of fraud are constantly changing
All employees working in the company and all individuals/organizations/entities dealing with the company shall undertake to endeavor in every possible manner to the rules and regulations laid down in this policy. Non-compliance shall be deemed as a violation of terms and conditions of employment or terms and conditions of contract (as the case may be) and shall be dealt with summarily as per the Company’s disciplinary procedure or terms of the particular contract(s) or the law as applicable and appropriate. Also, all employees are responsible for bringing to notice of their immediate superiors or the management about any fraud detected as soon as it comes to their notice. It is the responsibility of employees to ensure that in respect of their areas of responsibility, all reasonable necessary steps are taken for prevention of fraud and all possible necessary action is taken in case of suspicion of commission of a fraud or detection of an actual fraud. Individuals who cover up, obstruct, fail to report or monitor a fraud of which they have become cognizant of, shall be considered an accessory after the fact and may face disciplinary action. Also, disciplinary action shall be taken against persons who threaten harm or retaliation against persons reporting fraud perpetrated by them, or persons willfully making false allegations of fraud against another person with an intention to damage their reputation
The prevention of fraud is possible only through the proper awareness of the anti-fraud policy and the fraud prevention effort. As a part of its ongoing commitment in its fight against fraud, the company shall aim at continuously educating its employees, vendors, contractors, clients and other stakeholders as well as the general public on fraud prevention and enlist their support and participation in the fraud prevention efforts. The anti-fraud policy document shall be published on the company’s website, as well as a physical record will be maintained of it in all of the company’s office. The company shall also undertake to educate and sensitize the clients and the general public through flyers and other material. The company shall aim to improve the knowledge of its employees on the subject of fraud through targeted training sessions and/or circulars/newsletters/email
Global Tree states that it is the bounden duty of every employee of the company to report to management any information or suspicion that they may possess a fraudulent activity or suspected fraudulent behavior. Each and every instance of attempted fraud or detected fraud should be brought without fail to either their immediate supervisors or to the management, regardless of whether aforesaid fraud has caused financial losses to the company or not.
The company will put in place a whistleblower policy to protect the identity of any employee/client/stakeholder who reports the perpetration of fraud at any level in the company. All steps shall be taken to ensure that the anonymity of the reporting person is maintained.
Global Tree as a provider of overseas education and immigration services has a strong online presence, both through its own website and through social media networks such as Facebook, Quora, and other such platforms. It invites honest and constructive reviews of its services and service providers through these platforms and strives to constantly learn from critical reviews and to improve its quality of service. However, it has come to our light that certain unscrupulous individuals are deliberately leaving critical and damaging reviews with a malicious intent of harming the reputation and marketability of the company. It is stated herein that any individuals who are found guilty of the same will be reported to the law enforcement agencies and will be tried to the fullest extent of the law.
15 years of Global Tree's journey has been filled with many awards, accolades, and endorsements. Thousands of students' and professionals' success stories have always been our fuel to move forward. Here are the milestones of the Global Tree journey.
With many ideas and dreams, Global Tree is launched by our 2 founders - Mr. Srikar Alapati and Mr. Subhakar Alapati in the year 2006. With two men and one office, they head to the next year with over 100 satisfied clients.
One became Two and two became Twelve. A second branch office has been opened and the employee strength grew to 12. Also signed agreements with over 15 universities abroad for partnerships to facilitate students who wish to study abroad,
Expansion of Global Tree offices has spread throughout India with 6 branch offices. And Global Tree family has grown to 50+ by the end of the year 2008.
Diversification of our services has been started in the year 2011. We entered Immigration services to the menu and many new countries were also added. Along with this, our universities abroad partnerships has been grown to 150+
Addition of another service i.e., Examination training that made a complete end-to-end abroad consultancy in India. Plus, by the year 2014, more than 100 of our clients have migrated abroad as employees at many multinational companies.
In its continuous commitment to providing the very best to its clients, Global Tree has secured membership, professional partnerships, and certifications from various prestigious international associations like the Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (AAERI); The American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), ICCRC, MARA, Education Certificate for Agents in the UK; Pearson's Test of English.
A decade of Excellence. In the 10 years of Global Tree, it has changed many lives by helping them achieve their dreams. Plus the staff expanded to 150 members across Pan India. And our true achievement is 10,000+ success stories.
Global Tree continues its winning streak by bagging another award for its groundbreaking, client-centered culture. Best performer for 2017 for Study Group (CSU) the award was felicitated by Mr. Martin Boyce, Global Sales Director ANZ to Mr. Srikar Alapati, MD Global Tree. This inspired and empowered the whole team to further an efficient performance.
In a glittering awards ceremony held on 28th Jan 2019 in Hyderabad, Mr. Subhakar Alapati & Mr. Srikar Alapati of Global Tree had the honor of being awarded the prestigious Times Excellence Icon Award in the category for Overseas Education & Immigration. Global Tree has established itself as a clear leader in this industry, by winning the award for the second consecutive year. The award is a testimony to Global Tree's attention to detail and dedication to client service.
16 Offices in India, 400+ employees, 15 years of Industry experience. Plus, once again Global Tree was awarded the Times Excellence Award for overseas education and immigration. Award was presented by Miss Rashmika Mandanna, Actress to the Founders of Global Tree Mr. Srikar Alapati and Mr. Subhakar Alapati at a grand ceremony in Hyderabad.
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