Monday, July 7, 2014

Port Service and RoRo Automobile Specialists Stand up Against Corruption in Shipping

Another Stakeholder Joins Global Campaign for Fairer Business
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Alongside its parent Wilh. Wilhelmsen group which specialises in RoRo automobile shipping and port service requirements worldwide, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has now become a full member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), and will be adding its presence to the campaign to eliminate corruption across the maritime industry. Speaking as the membership was announced, Bjørge Grimholt, WSS President said:

“Membership of a global body such as MACN means that we are able to make an impact in the fight towards eradicating corruption issues across our industry. We believe that working together with MACN is vital if we are to continue to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and comply with the legal requirements that our business places upon us across our global network.

“Despite our best efforts, we cannot change the environments we work in overnight, but what we can do is continue to ensure we are working in the right way by adhering to the strong governance principles which have helped build our own reputation over the past 150 years.”

United Nations statistics put the price of corruption globally as adding 10% or more to the cost of doing business and MACN anti-corruption principles were drawn up as a programme by the non-profit BSR organisation which operates in a multitude of ways in various ethical fields, and which has a membership list reading like a who’s who of global businesses, all of whom have sworn to create a just and sustainable corporate world.

MACN is in turn an industry specific global business network which works through its members towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption. Regular members are vessel owners and operators whilst any other maritime interests can join as Associate members, all dedicated to promote fair trade and good corporate practice within the maritime industry with regards to tackling bribes, facilitation payments and other forms of corruption. It does this by developing and sharing best practice, creating awareness through transfer on information and collaborating with stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions.

MACN also works with these key stakeholders, such as governments, authorities and international organisations, in markets where corruption is prevalent to identify and mitigate the root causes of the problem. The cost of business in some countries has traditionally included ‘back handers’ for officials and others to ensure the smooth functioning of operations and contracts. The object of MACN is to promote a concerted front, particularly to those regions where bribery is endemic and often considered simply a normal part of doing business rather than the insidious crime it actually is.