In brief, the routines ensured that ports and agents were involved at an early stage, before a ship arrived at port. There were very clear requirements for the agents to fulfill. Each ship was provided with visible signs that Wallenius Marine is a member of the maritime anti-corruption network MACN, and that bribery and corruption are not permitted in the company. Each port call was evaluated, and the port’s and agent’s willingness to co-operate were reported.
“The demands for facilitation payments in some parts of the world is an unpleasant feature of a captain’s job,” says Captain Ulf Mårderyd, who has been involved in outlining the routines. “It is important that everyone is behind our drive to stop the demands for ‘gifts’. We have to work together to make it abundantly clear to everyone we deal with around the world.”
MACN is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. Established in 2011, MACN is comprised of some 130 companies within the maritime industry. MACN and its members promote good corporate practice in the maritime industry for tackling bribes and other forms of corruption.