According to the United Nations, corruption adds approximately 10 percent to the cost of doing business in many parts of the world.
The vision is to create a maritime sector that rewards ethical business practices and in which corruption is a thing of the past. “According to the United Nations, corruption adds approximately 10 percent to the cost of doing business in many parts of the world,” explains Linda Haavik, WWL Legal Counsel & Regulatory Affairs. “Managing business risks is part of our commitment to delivering sustainable global transport solutions to our customers – and corruption is one of those risks.
As a founding member of the MACN, we’re seeking to address the systemic issues in the global supply chain.”The MACN has been founded by WWL and fourteen other major vessel owners and companies involved in the maritime industry, all of which are working towards a maritime industry free from corruption. In addition to sharing best practices between the members and aligning policies and approaches in the field of anti-corruption, the MACN will also seek support from governments and international organisations to target corrupt practices in challenging jurisdictions and find ways of addressing the root causes of corruption.
The MACN’s vision is a maritime industry free from corruption that enables fair trade and promotes ethical business practices. Its members believe that this vision can be realised by spreading awareness of the industry challenges and by sharing and implementing best practices for tackling bribes, facilitation payments and other forms of corruption. The MACN will also deliver tangible activities to counter corruption, developing pilot projects at hot-spot locations, in order to better understand the challenges faced and recommend actions to mitigate the risks.
Haavik argues that active participation in the MACN will benefit not only WWL but also its customers and society at large.
“A great deal can be achieved when industry peers join forces in this way,” she says. “As founding members of the MACN, we’ll work together to reduce the risk of solicitation of bribes, while strengthening our efforts to identify, monitor and mitigate bribery and corruption risks. This will benefit our customer and our entire industry by making it more competitive, ethical and sustainable in the long run.”
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
(MACN) is a global business network, which seeks to keep the maritime industry free from corruption, while facilitating fair trade. The participating companies are: Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, J. Lauritzen, TORM, Norden, Aug. Bolten, Clipper Group, Carnival Corporation & plc, BG Group, Grieg Star, Petroleum Geo Services (PGS), Gearbulk, Hoegh Autoliners, AS Klaveness Chartering and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.