Corruption negatively impacts communities and overall global economic development by channeling funds away from overt towards covert economies. Corruption also erodes the trust necessary to build healthy societies, and adds to the cost of doing business.
Corruption is a systemic issue with customs and practices deeply ingrained in societies and communities. These practices are not easily altered and taking a stand can, in many cases result in commercial losses. In A.P. Moller - Maersk, we work against all forms of corruption including reducing and eliminating facilitation payments, which are commonplace in the shipping and logistics industries. To increase the likelihood of success, we were instrumental in creating a collaborative forum to combat corruption in the maritime industries.
Facilitation payment demands remain a challenge for some parts of our businesses in some parts of the world and they remain a focus area for our anti-corruption compliance programme.
The maritime industry partners to fight corruption
Maersk Line is an active, founding member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network working for a maritime industry free of all types of corruption.
A.P. Moller - Maersk works with the Business & Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD on the development of an OECD-backed project on facilitation payment reduction in selected countries.
Furthermore, Maersk businesses participate in a number of projects aimed at eliminating faciliation payments. For example, Maersk Line partners with World Maritime University (WMU), supported by the IMO, in developing and running its first ever course on anti-corruption and business integrity, while also offering to mentor any student that starts an anticorruption initiative.